Dallastown bounces back from loss with key field hockey win vs. Central York
DALLASTOWN — Dallastown's field hockey team didn't have to deal with a loss this season until Monday.
A 1-0 setback at New Oxford put the Wildcats in a rare looking-to-bounce-back mode when Central York arrived on Tuesday afternoon for a York-Adams Division I match.
Dallastown's players reacted to the first loss of the season the way that veteran coach Jeri Myers hoped they would — by coming out and dominating play.
The Wildcats earned eight penalty corners and four shots on goal in the initial 30 minutes, while the Panthers didn't have a single shot on goal or penalty corner in the first 30 minutes.
Abby Kuhn's goal with 13 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the opening half proved to be the difference, as Dallastown recorded a 1-0 victory.
The Wildcats improved their division record to 8-1-0, and Central slipped to 7-3-0. New Oxford leads the division at 9-1-0.
Kuhn said the loss to New Oxford inspired her and her teammates to come out strong on Tuesday.
"We were mad about it (the loss)," Kuhn said. "We wanted to work more as a team. We had good passes (in the first half), and we were dominating."
Kuhn wasn't sure if it was a pass or a deflection that put the ball at her feet before the game's only score. The junior, who was to the right of goal, knew what to do when the scoring opportunity presented itself.
"The goalie had come out, and I hit the ball, and it rolled behind her (into the cage). I got lucky," she said. "It (the goal) was pretty early on, and I wasn't sure if it was going to be the only one."
Kuhn's strike held up. Dallastown goalie Syd Terroso delivered a save on a Central shot on goal in the second half.
The play was more back and forth in the final half, during which Central goalie Abbie Timperio kept the score close by making four saves to go with the three stops she had in the first half.
Terroso's save was the only one she had to make, as her defense was a wall in front of her.
"Our defense jibes well together," said Myers, who is in her 35th season as Dallastown's head coach. "All five players (four defenders and Terroso) are on the same page."
Myers was pleased with the way her team responded to Monday's loss.
"Champions know how to overcome failure," she said. "We knew what we were capable of doing on our field, so we said 'let's show them what we got.'"
Dallastown earned 17 penalty corners to only one for Central.
"We had other (scoring) opportunities," Myers said.
The Wildcats capitalized just once, but, on this day, one was enough.
Dallastown also won the JV match, 1-0.
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