When you talk to the players and coaches on the York Suburban boys' soccer team, two words are bound to come up: focus and determination.
Those two elements were on abundant display during Tuesday's Senior Night contest against visiting Susquehannock.
Despite controlling the play for long stretches, Suburban held just a one-goal lead on the Warriors. In years past, that would have caused Coach Tony Kowalewski some anxiety.
But he knows his club this year is different.
Sure enough, the Trojans never let down for a moment, even though they sent at least four attempts either off the crossbar or the posts. Eventually they doubled the lead and the Trojans clinched the York-Adams Division
"It was big," Suburban's Tanner Martin said. "We finally clinched the division, so that's a good thing. And hopefully we can finish our record out undefeated."
Suburban, which has just one regular-season contest left on the slate at Dover Thursday night, improved its overall record to 16-0-0. It is 11-0-0 in the division.
"Our guys have been composed all year," Kowalewski said. "It's been to great to watch and it's been fun to watch them all year."
The Trojans outshot the Warriors (7-8-1), 14-2. They also held an 8-1 edge in corners.
"We felt that we were eventually going to put one in," said Martin, who assisted on Wyatt Walter's goal less than four minutes into the match. "We kept hitting the post, but eventually one was going to fall in. It's very frustrating, but you just have to keep a cool head and keep shooting."
The second goal came less than nine minutes into the second half when Andre Kin cashed in on a rebound off a direct kick by Connor Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's blast from just outside the box was deflected by Warrior goalie Dan Snyder, but caromed right to Kin for the tally.
The victory earned Kowalewski's team its first division title since claiming the Division I crown back in 1993. The Trojans, however, did win the York-Adams League tournament title in 2007.
This year the Suburban boys are hoping for the trifecta -- a division title, an undefeated regular season and a league playoff title. The Trojans can check off their next goal Thursday night at Dover, which is 5-6-0 in the division.
That goal only became clear to Kowalewski right before his team was set to face two-time York-Adams League champion Dallastown a few weeks ago.
"We were kind of deciding how to handle that game (against Dallastown) because we had another league game the next night," he said. "And the guys said, 'our goal is to go undefeated.' So my main motivation has been to try to keep them on an even keel day by day, and so far it's worked."
Snyder finished with 12 saves on the night for the Warriors, while Suburban goalie Ryan Myers needed just two saves to record the shutout.
OTHER BOYS' SOCCER
DOVER 4, NORTH EASTERN 3 (OT): At Manchester, Robert Maze found the back of the net in extra time at the 86-minute mark to capture the York-Adams Division II victory. Matthew Speir scored two goals and Alex Paz had one goal and one assist for the winners. For the Bobcats, Matt Bentz scored two goals and Chase Sasala scored a goal.
CENTRAL YORK 2, RED LION 1 At Red Lion, Ben Raver and Connor Thornton scored goals for Central, while Oze Navat and Trevor Smith supplied assists. Dan Jones scored for Red Lion off an assist from Bobby Haynes. Chris Snowadsky made four saves to get the win in goal. Scott Rissler had seven saves for Red Lion.
WEST YORK 5, KENNARD-DALE 1: At West York, Chris Markel had two goals and an assist and Adam Vaupel added two goals to lead the Bulldogs. Michael Thomas also scored for West York. Jason Cooper had K-D's goal. Brad Wood made five saves to get the win in goal. Paul Ambrose had 11 saves for the Rams.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.