BOYS' SOCCER: Gettysburg wins showdown of York-Adams Division II powers
GLEN ROCK – The Central York boys' soccer team gets a lot of attention as the team to beat in the York-Adams League.
The Warriors from Gettysburg, however, have quietly been making their own claim to that status.
Gettysburg took a seven-game shutout streak into Thursday night's clash with Susquehannock in a battle of Warrior teams.
You can make that eight straight shutouts now.
Gettysburg got a pair of goals from Adam Yingling en route to an impressive 3-0 triumph. The victory over the defending Division II champion also sewed up at least a share of the division title for the Adams County power. Gettysburg is now 10-0-0 in the division, while Susquehannock fell to 8-2-0.
"They're a very good team," Susquehannock coach Brett Maxwell said. "But I thought we hung with them there for 39 minutes and three seconds."
Matt Yingling broke a scoreless tie at that point to put Gettysburg ahead late in the first half. That tally seemed to stop any momentum the home team had. The visitors pretty much owned the second half.
Adam Yingling scored both of his goals in the final half in the span of four-plus minutes, the second of which came in remarkable fashion.
"I don't think (goalie Aaron Bilbie) had a chance," Maxwell said. "It was a great shot and he (Adam Yingling) is a great player."
The Yinglings and their teammates were able to savor a victory on Susquehannock's home turf afterwards. The York County Warriors had gotten the best of their Adams County rivals over the past few years, including a District 3 victory two seasons ago.
"This has been building up over the past few years with a couple of losses to Susquehannock," Adam Yingling said. "So this is nice to finally beat them now both home and away and setting us up for a division title."
Susquehannock had some chances in the first half but couldn't garner a potential game-changing tally. Maxwell's club finished with two shots on goal and two corner chances, which is actually more than Gettysburg has been yielding during its shutout run. Several of the shutouts have included no shots on goal allowed and no corner kicks.
"I thought we had some good opportunities," Maxwell said. "And I don't think anyone has had any opportunities against these guys over the past few weeks. We had some chances on some counter attacks and on some corner kicks. I was real happy with the way we started off."
Gettysburg, which outshot the hosts, 9-2, can clinch the division title outright with a victory over Eastern York or Kennard-Dale, or a Susquehannock loss, over the final week of the regular season.
The likelihood is high that Gettysburg's win streak will still be alive come the York-Adams playoffs, and don't think for a second that the Adams County Warriors haven't at least taken a peek at a potential showdown with Division I power Central York in the finals.
"A lot of us play on club teams with a few of those guys (from Central)," Adam Yingling said. "So we know them really well. I'm really looking forward to it. It should be our tightest match of the season."
OTHER BOYS' SOCCER
York Catholic 6, Biglerville 4: At York, Jeff Waser had two goals and an assist and Mike Andrews had a goal and two assists to lead the Irish. Ethan Higgins had eight saves to get the win in goal.
Dallastown 4, Spring Grove 1: At Dallastown, Leo Garcia and Nate Swartz each posted two-point efforts in the Wildcats' victory. Garcia recorded a goal and an assist, while Swartz had a pair of assists. Collin Ruby scored for Spring Grove.
Eastern York 1, Kennard-Dale 0: At Wrightsville, Jared Achterberg broke a 0-0 deadlock when he found the back of the net at the 26:03 mark of the second half. Brahk Morrison picked up an assist. Isaac Barrow made nine saves to record the shutout. For the Rams, Jonathan Osborne made nine saves.
South Western 4, Northeastern 1: At Manchester, the Mustangs received one goal apiece from Spencer Wells, Jacob Wells, Zach Campbell and James Strausbaugh. For the Bobcats, Hayden Seifert scored the lone goal, while teammate Damon Faulkner made 16 stops in goal.
Dover 4, York Suburban 2: At Dover, after going to half tied 1-1, the Eagles scored three of the four goals in the second half to down the Trojans. Cole Wentz had two goals for Dover, while Travis Hill had a goal and an assist and Josh Bradley had two assists. York Suburban got goals from McGraw Lehman and Steven Stojanovic.
Central York 5, New Oxford 0: At Central, the Panthers cruised behind a hat trick from Igor Gomes. Pierrce Miller and Jared Hileman also scored for the Panthers, who improved to 10-0-0 in York-Adams Division I. Trevor Holderegger and Kameron Stoll each had four saves to combine for the shutout.
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