Gold's golden goal helps Dallastown take York-Adams girls' soccer crown
GLEN ROCK — Gold was the desire of all the girls who took to the field Thursday night in the York-Adams League girls' soccer final between Dover and Dallastown.
When it came down to the end, Gold won gold for the Wildcats.
Carsyn Gold, to be exact.
Fittingly, it was the Wildcat sophomore who scored a "golden goal" in the second overtime period to end an epic showdown for league supremacy. After her team surrendered a two-goal lead in the second half, Gold was able to laser home a shot from 23 yards out, sending her team to a thrilling 3-2 triumph over the Eagles at Susquehannock High School.
"It was just instinct," Gold said. "It all just happened so fast. It was bobbling around the box and I think it just came out. It came out to me and my first instinct was just to shoot it."
Her goal helped wipe clean a rare collapse by a solid Dallastown outfit that saw Dover star attacker Brooke Firestone single-handedly bring her team back to even. Firestone launched a 30-plus yard shot inside the crossbar with 11 minutes, 7 seconds left in regulation to bring her team within a goal.
Moments later she did it again, this time inside the box, to even up the score with 8:54 left.
"She's a very skilled and talented player," Dallastown coach Scott Austin said. "I was able to coach Brooke many, many years ago. So we know Brooke and she's a very skilled and athletic player. I mean we were intentionally trying to double and triple team her, but unfortunately she popped two on us."
Those goals seemed to bring life into the Eagles, who controlled much of the flow the rest of the way. The Division II runner-up even had a chance to complete a heroic comeback in the second overtime when Maddie Miller's free kick from 25 yards out clanked off the crossbar.
The Wildcats survived and had a chance of their own moments later, but were denied by Dover goalie Tori Wantz. But some sustained pressure by forward Paige Hartman got the ball in deep in the box, forcing Wantz to come out for a save. Wantz kicked the ball away before a clearing attempt went right to Gold inside the 15.
Gold collected the ball quickly and dribbled to her right before lofting the winning shot past a helpless Wantz with 3:20 left in the second overtime.
"We're used to fighting back," Gold said. "Those two goals may have lowered our confidence, but we just kept fighting. We had to fight back in the semifinal game against Northeastern so this was nothing new."
Notes: Dallastown (14-4-2) scored their first two goals during a steady rainfall in the first half. The first one was registered by Abigail McDermott off a pass from Natalie Gettle with 19:22 left in the half. Just more than 10 minutes later, the Wildcats doubled the lead when a corner kick from Skyler Wilt was laced into the net by Mia Rexroth.
Dover (13-3-3) will need to wash away any disappointment from the setback quickly. The Eagles play a District 3-AAA play-in contest Friday against Waynesboro at 4 p.m.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.