EMIGSVILLE -- While Royce Clemens and Erik Rishel have played on several very good Central York boys' soccer teams over the past three years, this one feels special.
And deep, too.
The Panthers are able to run out 20 different players on any given night without much of a drop off. But what intrigues both seniors as they embark on their final high school season is how they all play together as a team.
Such was the case again Wednesday night when the Panthers hosted York-Adams League Division I rival Dallastown. The hosts used an impressive eight-minute spurt midway through the first half, getting goals from Clemens, Calvin Luckenbaugh and Andrew Sauers, to roll to a 3-0 victory.
"We've had quality teams before, but this year it feels like everyone is playing for each other," Clemens said. "And this is what you need to make a lengthy postseason run."
"Everyone is quality here," Rishel said. "From the first guy to the last guy, everyone is pushing each other all the time. It's excellent."
Central coach Frank Lenno is enjoying the competition between everyone up and down his roster during practices. Those battles are also paying off the on the field. The Panthers improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Division I with the triumph.
"We have 20 guys that can play," Lenno said. "And they know it. There isn't a big drop off at all. I can run guys out there and they're all going to put out a great effort."
The Panthers set the tone early. They quickly earned a corner kick in the game's first minute. Rishel almost scored in the second minute, but ripped a shot just wide left of the net.
Rishel missed again on another of what would be nine prime scoring opportunities for the Panthers in the first half. His attempt in the 10th minute rocketed just wide right of the net.
The barrage didn't stop there. Just minutes later, Clemens ripped a shot from inside the box past Dallastown goalie Tim Miller at the 27:27 mark of the first half. Luckenbaugh doubled the lead six minutes later on a stop-and-shoot goal from 20 yards out.
Perhaps the most deflating of the goals for the visitors happened when Sauers blasted a long attempt from around the midfield stripe. The ball bounced in the box untouched and eluded the outstretched arms of a leaping Miller (seven saves) to make it 3-0 with 19:33 left in the half.
"We talk about putting goalkeepers in tough situations," Lenno said. "If we can make a keeper make decisions from that wide we have a chance to score."
Dallastown coach Jim Reinalda didn't have much to say about his team's play over the first 40 minutes, which proved to be decisive for the Panthers.
"We didn't play our best soccer in the first half," Reinalda said.
While the Wildcats (1-1 Division I) did improve their play in the second half, they couldn't find a way to pressure Central goalie Chris Snowadsky (eight saves).
Lenno gave credit to his team's organization and hustle as a primary reason for that.
"We just preach organization," Lenno said. "We just talk about how organized we can be and our communication."
OTHER BOYS' SOCCER
SUSQUEHANNOCK 2, DOVER 1: At Glen Rock, Dan Snyder's goal in the first overtime period gave the Warriors the win. Duncan Mitchell assisted on the game-winner and also scored the tying goal in the second half. Rover Maze's first-half penalty kick provided Dover's score. Mike Jones made three saves to get the win in goal. Ben Strawbridge had nine saves in a losing effort.
DOVER 5, SUSQUE HANNOCK 2: At Dover, Kayla Miller scored a hat trick for Dover. Brooke Firestone and Paige Hartman also scored for the winners. Maddy Mummert had both Susquehannock goals.
-- Reach Ryan Vander sloot at sports@yorkdis patch.com.