MANCHESTER -- Both teams were exhausted, York Suburban maybe more than Red Lion.
The Trojans were short-handed, with injuries to a couple of starters, and already have a small roster as it is. So, it may not have helped Suburban when Monday night's York-Adams League Girls' Soccer Tournament quarterfinal at Northeastern High School went to double overtime.
The Trojans controlled the ball most of the game, especially in the first half. But they struggled to get looks after the first intermission. Finally, on just the team's fourth corner kick of the game, junior Bri Carr sent one toward the goal with under eight minutes to play in the second OT. This time, Suburban got a good look when freshman Jordan Shoff intercepted the corner kick and used her head to send the ball past Red Lion goalkeeper Courtney Trout for the game-winner.
"Please go in. That was my first thought," Shoff said, when talking about the header. "Thank God that it went in because I was done playing soccer for the night."
The goal capped off a physical contest between a pair of teams who faced each other for the first time this season. The Trojans, who finished as the league's Division II co-champion with West York in the regular season, dominated the first half. Suburban tallied five shots to one for Red Lion, who finished in second in Division I in the regular season. The Trojans went up 1-0 in the 17th minute when junior Mikala Kin took a pass from Lexi Ketterman, split two defenders and sent a goal to the left corner of the net.
But the Lions bounced back in the second half by holding Suburban to two shots on goal. Trout finished with seven saves. With 26:30 left in regulation, Lions' sophomore Kylie Strong sent a bloop-kick from five yards out into the top right corner to tie it up.
Suburban put one shot on goal in the first OT and scored on their first attempt in the second OT.
"(Red Lion) kind of held us off at getting that good look at that goal," Suburban coach Tom Shugars said. "But eventually one is going to go in sooner or later. I don't think you can defend for 100 minutes."
The Trojans have been playing short-handed the last couple of weeks. They lost senior Zoe Rehnberg for the season when she tore her anterior cruciate ligament two weeks ago in a game against Dover. And freshman starter Maura Brehl is still recovering from a concussion.
"This team has faced tons of bad luck and adversity," Shugars said. "They are going to give us everything they got. And I know that. So, what's gonna happen is gonna happen."
Susquehannock next for Suburban: Suburban will move on to face Susquehannock on Wednesday in a semifinal match-up. Susquehannock defeated Eastern York, 3-0, on Monday in another quarterfinal game. Susquehannock is the host site for Wednesday's game, something Shugars isn't worried about.
"I thought maybe they'd move it because I didn't think you could do that. But I guess we'll find out," he said. "We'll go down there. We'll be tired."
In Susquehannock's win, Brooke McGee and Phoebe Licharowicz each scored a goal on an assist by Jeanette Wilson in the first half. Nicole Michels put the Warriors up 3-0 with 29:12 remaining when she nailed a shot from about 35 yards out. Susquehannock goalkeeper Cayla Stiffler collected five saves.
OTHER GIRLS' SOCCER
YORK CATHOLIC 3, KENNARD-DALE 1: At Fawn Grove, Kathleen Johnson broke a 1-1 tie for York Catholic with five minutes remaining in regulation. Kendall Klair scored a late insurance goal, while Lauren Shoff had York Catholic's other goal. For the Rams, Kait Williams scored the lone goal.
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