DALLASTOWN – The Dallastown field hockey program has a rich history.
Over 50 years, the Wildcats have accumulated 21 York-Adams Division I titles, to go along with two York-Adams League playoff crowns and two District 3-AAA trophies.
All that success has been fueled by two key elements — Coach Jeri Myers and a bevy of talented players.
While Myers has been a stalwart at the helm since 1981, the players have come and gone. When they graduate, that opens opportunities for those that remain behind.
The latest to follow that path is senior Olivia Talley. Finally getting a chance to shine in a starting role, Talley has made the most of it.
Mired in a scoreless tie with backyard rival Red Lion Monday afternoon at Dallastown High School, Talley lived up to her surname by knocking a crossing pass from Molly Lohss into the net late in the first half. That "tally" proved to be decisive. The Wildcats were able to survive a couple of close calls in the second half en route to a 1-0 victory.
Both teams entered the game at 4-0 in Division I action.
"She's really stepped up," Myers said of Talley. "She's one of our co-captains, so one of our leaders. And she was able to get some more experience over the winter and played in the Keystone State Games. So that helped. And the more experienced you are, the better you are."
The experience paid off late in the first half. After a quick restart that caught Red Lion a little by surprise, Talley made a bee-line for the far side of the cage on a break. Teammate Nicole Crumbling dribbled up the opposite side of the field and into the box. She eventually found Lohss, who crossed a perfect pass to Talley with 3 minutes, 25 seconds left on the clock.
"Molly hit it across," Talley said. "And the goalie was out too far, so I just went for it."
That goal marked the eighth time this season that the standout has scored for Dallastown (7-0 overall).
Red Lion coach Carol Gillmen was not happy to see the breakdown that left Talley unmarked in the box.
"I think we stopped a little before that, anticipating a call," Gillmen said. "They took the free hit rather quickly, moved down really fast and we were sort of caught in transition. And that's a big part of the game when you play a team like Dallastown."
The Lions tried mightily to even the score over the final 30 minutes, getting at least two prime opportunities. But a few narrow misses, including one that sailed just past the cage with 13:05 left in the contest, proved to be the closest that they would come to getting one by goalie Syd Terroso (four saves).
"The last 15 minutes was definitely nerve-racking," Talley said. "It's always a tough game when we go against Red Lion and it always means a lot when we go against them."
The Wildcats claimed modest advantages in both shots on goal (5-4) and penalty corners (8-6).
Dallastown won the JV match, 4-0.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
Gettysburg 4, Susquehannock 2: At Gettysburg, in a battle of York-Adams Division II leaders, the home team emerged victorious. Both teams entered at 2-0-0 in the division. Elena Montenegro had two goals for the winners, while Kailey Mixell added a goal and an assist. Emily Houska had both Susquehannock goals. Gettysburg had the edge in shots (11-6) and corners (10-6). Judy Neemeyer had four saves for Gettysburg, while Kristi Langhan had seven for Susquehannock. Susquehannock won the JV match, 1-0.
Kennard-Dale 1, Eastern York 0: At Fawn Grove, Calie Swegon, off an assist from Morgan Bowings, provided the game's only scoring. Lauren Lisek had six saves to record the shutout in goal. Emily Bodien had eight saves in a losing cause. K-D had an 11-6 edge in shots, but Eastern had an 11-7 edge in corners. K-D also won the JV match, 2-0.
Spring Grove 2, South Western 1: At Spring Grove, Morgan Hagerman and Corri Winemiller scored second-half goals to help the Rockets rally from a 1-0 deficit. Lilly Soullaird scored for South Western. South Western had a 6-5 edge in shots and the corners were tied, 4-4. Erin Greer had six saves to get the win in goal. South Western's Jazmin Walker had three saves. The JV match ended in a 3-3 tie.
Central 5, Northeastern 0: At Central, Breann Craley led the Panthers to the Division I victory by scoring two goals. Teammates Amanda Miller and Greta Plappert each had one goal and one assist. Carly Schriver scored one goal, while Sara Rilatt picked up one assist. The Panthers defense held the Bobcats to just one shot on goal.
Bermudian Springs 8, Delone Catholic 0: At York Springs, Mackenzie Farley led the Eagles to the Division III victory by scoring three goals and adding one assist.
Hanover 2, Fairfield 1: At Hanover, a pair of Avery Martz goals helped the Nighthawks take down the Green Knights.
New Oxford 6, Dover 0: At New Oxford, Kaelyn Long recorded a goal and a pair of assists in the Colonials' victory.
West York 4, York Suburban 0: At West York, the Bulldogs cruised to the York-Adams Division II victory. West York is 2-1 in the division, while Suburban is 0-3. No other details were reported.
Littlestown 4, Biglerville 0: At Biglerville, the Lady Bolts rolled to the York-Adams Division III win. Littlestown is 3-0 in the division and Biglerville is 0-3. No other details were reported.
— Reach Ryan Vandersloot at email@example.com.