DALLASTOWN -- Ashley Chioda didn't necessarily intend to score on the play. The Dallastown junior just wanted to center a pass to teammate Molly Childress in front of the goal. But as soon as the ball came off her stick, it somehow found a way to deflect off the knee pads of Red Lion goalie Gaby Uberti into the back of the cage.
"I think it deflected off the top of her knee pads," Chioda said. "I think. I wasn't really sure. I just remember hitting it and it going in the goal."
It turned out to be one of those days for the host Wildcats in a York-Adams League Division I field hockey showdown. Dallastown came out with a 2-0 victory over visiting Red Lion. The Wildcats stayed atop the division with the win, improving to 8-0 in league play. The Lions, who entered trying to force a tie for first place with the Wildcats, dropped to 6-2.
The game felt much different than the first encounter between the teams earlier this season when Dallastown won on the turf at Red Lion, 1-0, in overtime in their first league contest.
"I felt the first game we outplayed them. I think they outplayed us today," Red Lion coach Carol Gillmen said. "But on their grass field (Dallastown) can pick up the ball and hit it straight ahead through our defense."
Chioda's goal was Dallastown's second of the game, coming with 10:45 to play. Childress had the first score of the game on an assist from Julia Snyder at the 22:20 mark in the first half.
Though the Wildcats put just four shots on goal to Red Lion's two shots, Dallastown controlled the field throughout the afternoon. Uberti and Dallastown goalie Niki Bream both finished with a pair of saves. The Lions had three corners to the Wildcats' 14.
"We get a lot of corner opportunities. We don't capitalize on many of them," Chioda said. "But we also don't give up many and the ones that we do give up they don't end up going in the goal."
Dallastown did a good job of shutting down Ali Posey, one of Red Lion's top scorers.
"Every time she touched the ball it seemed like (Dallastown) had three or four people gang tackling," Gillmen said. "They do that a lot. They have multiple people around the ball."
Gillmen wasn't happy with other aspects of the game, either.
"In (field) hockey you can't be hacking sticks and I feel like that's a big part of their (Dallastown's) game. When the officials let things like that go we're not going to be able to possess the ball and be able to pass," she said.
"And no matter what the call was, they (Dallastown) would take the ball as if it was always their possession, so we kept getting beat in transition."
Though Dallastown holds a comfortable margin in the division standings, Wildcats' coach Jeri Myers said she thinks this won't be the last time she'll see Red Lion this season.
"Our motivation is we're probably going to see them (Red Lion) again in the league championship," Myers said. "And that's on turf. We don't have turf to practice on so it makes it a different ball game."
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
NEW OXFORD 2, SPRING GROVE 1: At New Oxford, Sarah Groft and Krysten Dema scored goals to push the Colonials past the Rockets. Groft opened the scoring at 26:22 of the first half, and Dema made it 2-0 when she converted a penalty stroke with no time remaining on the clock in the opening half. Amy Bentley connected for Spring Grove's goal with 23:32 to play in the second half. New Oxford goalie Amanda Groft made four saves, and Spring Grove goalie Alexis Hersh recorded three saves. New Oxford won the JV match, 2-0.
SUSQUEHANNOCK 3, YORK SUBURBAN 0: The visiting Warriors scored all three goals in the second half. Alesha Herman notched the first score on an assist from Alesha Herman at the 17:19 mark. Camryn Mark followed with an unassisted goal with 12:25 to play. Taylor Cobbler put the final score in goal with 47 seconds remaining. The Warriors had 23 corners to the Trojans' five. Susquehannock also edged Suburban 10 to 6 in shots on goal. Trojans' goalie Colleen Dommel made 10 saves while Susquehannock keeper Ashton Alban had five stops.
DELONE CATHOLIC 2, LITTLESTOWN 1: At McSherrystown, Tori Corbin's goal with just 47 seconds remaining before halftime gave the Squirettes the victory. Trina Chavez opened the scoring for Littlestown at 27:09 of the first half, but Delone Catholic's Elizabeth Brillhart tied the match at 4:50. There was no scoring in the second half.
HANOVER 1, FAIRFIELD 1 (TIE): At Fairfield, Hanover's Liz Gibson gave the Hawkettes the lead with a first-half goal, but Fairfield's Kelly Quealy answered with the equalizer in the second half. Neither team was able to score in overtime.
CENTRAL 4, NORTHEASTERN 1: At Central, the Panthers led 3-0 at the half and went on to capture the York-Adams League Division I victory. Lauren Moyer powered the Panthers offense by scoring three goals and adding one assist. Teammates Paige Harrold scored a goal, while Kelsie Newman made seven stops in goal. For the Bobcats, Carly Brenner scored a goal, while Ashley Meyer picked up an assist. Central won the JV match, 4-1.
SOUTH WESTERN 1, DOVER 0: At Dover, Sydney Szparaga scored the game-winning goal when she found the back of the net at the 17:06 of the second period to clinch the York-Adams League Division I victory for the Mustangs. The Mustangs' defense held the Eagles to one shot for the game. For Dover, Rachael Laughead made eight saves in goal. The JV match ended in a 0-0 tie.
BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 5, BIGLERVILLE 1: At Biglerville, Mackenzie Farley led the Eagles to the York-Adams League Division III victory by scoring one goal and adding two assists.
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