Central goalie Hannah Shade, right, grabs the ball away from Emily Ross of Dallastown on a Wildcats corner kick.
Central goalie Hannah Shade, right, grabs the ball away from Emily Ross of Dallastown on a Wildcats corner kick. (JOHN PAVONCELLO -- jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

Her first assist came more on the skills of teammate Emily Ross, who took Meagan Newmister's pass, split two defenders and fired a shot past the Central York goalkeeper.

The goal gave Dallastown a two-score lead in the first half.

Newmister then gave the Wildcats a three-score advantage just 36 seconds into the second half by centering a pass from the left side of the goal to sophomore Ali Shick, who got the score.

But Newmister's most impressive assist came with 13:12 left in regulation and the Wildcats aiming to put the game away. Among a handful of black-and-white jerseys about 10 yards in front of the goal, Newmister wrestled the ball away from Central York defenders and pooched a kick skyward. As Panthers' first-year goalie Hannah Shade came out to nab the ball from the air, Dallastown sophomore Sarah Conroy instead jumped in front to send a header over Shade and into the back of the net.

That sealed Dallastown's 4-1 win in a York-Adams League Division I girls' soccer battle.

"Now that I'm a senior and we lost a lot of our top scorers (to graduation), I shoot more, but I also assist a lot, too," Newmister said.

Defending Division I champion Dallastown improved to 2-0 in division play and 3-1 overall. Although the Wildcats have a first-year coach in Morgan Mickley and just five returning starters, expectations are still as high as ever.

"Everybody thinks this is the year to beat Dallastown, but that fuels our fire," Newmister said. "We read everything. We see everything. I think we're going to the county championship, I think we're going to win the county championship and I think we're gonna move on past there, too. I think we'll do well in districts."

Dallastown lost three talented players to graduation in goalie Becca Austin, defender Brittany Temple and forward Alaina Curry. Austin and Temple are now competing for NCAA Division I Coastal Carolina, while Curry is playing for D-II Kutztown. But Mickley believes that won't stop the Wildcats, which won four league tournament titles and compiled a 105-24-5 overall record in six seasons under previous coach Barry Barbush.

Dallastown’s Skyler Wilt takes a shot on goal against Central York during Thursday’s game.
Dallastown's Skyler Wilt takes a shot on goal against Central York during Thursday's game. (JOHN PAVONCELLO -- jpavoncello@yorkdispatch.com)

"Last year Meagan Newmister was on top with Alaina Curry. Both were good but they didn't have as strong a connection as Newmister and Ross do," Mickley said. "Newmister set Ross up (Thursday). Megan needs to realize she's used to scoring but without that pass there's no goal. Three assists in a 4-1 win is huge for her (Newmister) as a senior."

Ross, a junior forward, had two scores in the win.

Central got its lone goal from senior Katie Hackos at the 36:19 mark of the second half. Hackos and senior Rachael Nelson are the only returning starters from a Panthers squad that posted an 8-7-2 overall record and 6-3-1 division mark last season. Central (1-1 in the division) picked up three new starters who played other fall sports last year.

"I think the expectation for this group is extremely high," seventh-year Central coach Liz Critchfield said. "The talent Central has out here is phenomenal. It's up to us as coaches to mesh them together."

Shade collected seven saves for the Panthers while junior Katie Mattas made eight stops for Dallastown.

OTHER GIRLS' SOCCER

YORK CATHOLIC 5, FAIRFIELD 3: At York Catholic, the Irish beat the defending York-Adams Division III champion. Fairfield won the division in 2012 at 12-0, while York Catholic was second at 10-2. The Irish jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead and then held on. Lizzie Johnson had two goals for the winners, while Natasha Vadas added a goal and assist. Julia Piff and Melanie Matthews also scored for the Irish. Macayla Welsh and Alexa Citrone added assists. Hannah Laslo made six saves in goal to get the win. Amelia Ford had 12 saves for Fairfield. York Catholic held high-scoring Lexi Junker to a single goal. Sarah Heinbaugh had two goals for the Green Knights. The Irish outshot Fairfield, 18-9.

YORK SUBURBAN 1, EASTERN 1 (TIE): At Wrightsville, two overtime periods couldn't break the tie between the York-Adams Division II teams. Suburban's Jordan Shoff opened the scoring at 30:40 of the first half, and Eastern's Beakah Richardson tied the game at 10:04 of the second half. Tina Dalaperas assisted on Richardson's goal. Paige Grossman recorded 10 saves for the Trojans, while Golden Knights' keeper, Hailey Heistand, made five saves.

DOVER 4, SOUTH WESTERN 1: The visiting Eagles scored two goals each in the first half and second half to get the win. Maxine Herman had two goals and an assist for Dover, while Page Hartman and Kayla Miller each scored a goal and goalie Marcie Gerrick made four stops. Lauren Gough had the lone score for the visiting Mustangs and teammate Jacey Shipley had 10 saves in goal.

-- Reach John Walk at jwalk@yorkdispatch.com.