RED LION -- Dover girls' soccer standout Brooke Firestone may not have the same type of leg as her teammate, Maddy Miller.
But that doesn't make her any less dangerous on the pitch.
Firestone showed that when she teamed with Miller late in the first half of a York-Adams League Tournament semifinal against Central York. Miller bent in a corner kick that Firestone was able to redirect past Panther goalie Hannah Shade with 12:28 left before intermission.
That goal proved to be just the spark the Eagles needed.
Miller and Firestone put the game on ice with a pair of goals 25 seconds apart late in the second half that carried the Division II champions to a 3-0 victory at Horn Field Tuesday night.
Dover, still unbeaten at 18-0, will face Division II rival Northeastern in the championship game Thursday night. The Bobcats (14-3) downed Dallastown, 2-1, in the other semifinal Tuesday to set up a third showdown between the neighboring schools.
Firestone's first-half tally was just the momentum builder the Eagles, who won the York-Adams League Tournament title a year ago, needed.
"I think they were chasing the game after that and that may make them change what they have to do," Dover coach Bret Altimore said. "And you know how it goes, once they change, then we can try to exploit whatever they changed. So that first goal was obviously huge."
Firestone gave credit to Miller for getting the ball to her in a prime scoring position.
"Maddy's corners are always amazing," Firestone said. "She bent the ball and I just kind of got my body in front of it and pushed it into the goal."
Both teams were feeling each other out while trying to limit each other's talented attackers from doing damage. Altimore was particularly concerned with the Hackos sisters from Central.
"Katie Hackos ... what an amazing player," the Dover coach said. "Just an amazing player. And so is her sister. And you do have a choice to make (guarding them). They can make you look silly. The way they move the ball through the midfield is fantastic."
Firestone saw first-hand the type of leg that Katie Hackos has when she rocketed shots that sailed wide a couple of times. Limiting those chances is easier said than done.
"We know that we just have to pressure them before they get closer to the goal, so they don't get that shot off," she said. "She's an amazing player with amazing footwork. Her and her sister both are amazing players. I give them props for what they do on the field."
Fortunately for Firestone and company, the Dover defense remained stout under pressure. The Eagles have surrendered just 10 goals all year and have been able to do that behind the strong play of defenders Brooke May, Kate Wilt and Hannah Maute.
"Brooke May kind of anchors (our defense)," Altimore said. "She's got a lot of experience, a lot of skill. And we have a freshman back there, Hannah Maute, who did fantastic, and we have another three-year starter in Kate Wilt. They did a nice job."
The closest the Panthers were able to come to tying the contest came with roughly 10 minutes left with the contest still 1-0. Central was able to get to a loose ball and pushed the ball to an attacker in the box, but the play was whistled for offsides.
Seconds later, Miller scorched a shot into the net to make it 2-0, before Firestone scored again just 25 seconds later.
"I think once we got that second one -- and of course that third one -- that's tough to come back from," Altimore said.
Dover outshot Central, 12-5, and held a healthy 7-1 edge in corner kicks. Shade finished with nine saves for the Panthers, while Marcie Gerrick recorded the shutout with five saves for the Eagles.
Northeastern moves on: At Glen Rock, the Bobcats triumphed behind goals from Malori Bloss-Senft and Sawyer Patrick.
Bloss-Senft scored 34:16 into the first half off an assist from Sam Christine. Patrick scored 31:55 into the second half on an assist from Logan Neiman.
Dallastown's goal came on a penalty kick from Meagan Newmister 37:04 into the second half.
Northeastern's Brenna Schroter had 10 saves to get the win in goal. Katie Mattas had five saves for Dallastown.
OTHER GIRLS' SOCCER
SPRING 3, NEW OXFORD 1: At New Oxford, Spring Grove closed out its York-Adams Division I season with a victory. Daphne Ferstermann, Kelsey Pearce and Tori Swiger scored for the Rockets, with Abby Erlemeier supplying an assist on Pearce's goal. Steph Becker, with help from Brittany Patrick, accounted for New Oxford's goal.
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