FIELD HOCKEY: One shot proves to be enough for Dallastown
DOVER — One shot. One goal. One District 3 victory.
Dallastown's field hockey team made the most of its only shot on goal during an opening-round match against Manheim Township on Thursday night.
The Wildcats edged the Blue Streaks, 1-0, to secure their first district victory in five years and advance to Saturday's Class AAA quarterfinals.
Molly Lohss connected for the goal with 10:20 remaining in the second half. Lohss scored from 10 yards out on the right side following a corner and a scramble in the circle.
"On the corners, I go up to stroke, so when the goalie clears it, I can have the ball," Lohss said. "This time, it (the ball) hit off a defender's stick. I hit it and hoped that either it goes in or someone tips it (into the cage). It worked this time."
The junior delivered the game-winning goal, and Wildcats' goalie Syd Terroso and her defense did the rest. Terroso stopped all 11 Manheim Township shots.
"I love Syd," Lohss said. "She's in my grade, and I'm glad we'll have her for the next year. She knows how to direct the defense and tell us where to go. That's a key."
Dallastown and Manheim Township didn't meet in the regular season, but they did scrimmage against each other before the start of the season.
"We lost 3-0," Lohss said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game, and we just put our hearts out there and worked our butts off. It paid off."
Dallastown recorded its 19th victory against just two losses. Only one Wildcats team, the 1998 club, won 20 matches in a season. That team advanced to the district semifinals.
"Districts are always tough," Dallastown head coach Jeri Myers said. "A lot of times you have teams who are done with the season, and they're just going through the motions. This team has bought into it that they're not done yet. It was a total team effort tonight."
Myers praised the work of Terroso, who she recently called "one of the best goal keepers I've had in 35 years of coaching."
"I nominate her for all-county. When you see her play in a really tight game, you understand that she's a major factor of our defense."
Myers had a feeling heading into the second half that one goal could win the match.
"It was nice to get that shot, and we made it count," she said. "You know we've been on the flip side of that many times. So, for once, we're on this side. We'll take it."
No. 4 seed Dallastown will take on No. 5 seed Hershey (13-3-1) on Saturday. Hershey beat No. 12 seed Conestoga Valley (14-8) on Thursday, 3-0. No. 13 seed Manheim Township finished 12-8-0.
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
Bermudian Springs 2, Schuylkill Valley 1: At Lower Dauphin Middle School, Mckenzie Farley scored two first-half goals to lead the Eagles to the District 3-AA first-round victory. Kaitlyn McCollum added one assist for the Eagles, while goalie Madison Dewease made six stops. No. 8 seed Bermudian (17-3-0) moves on to the quarterfinals and will face No. 1 seed Twin Valley (21-1-0) on Saturday. Twin Valley crushed No. 17 seed Camp Hill on Thursday, 6-0. No. 9 seed Schuylkill Valley finished at 13-6. Camp Hill finished 9-8.
East Pennsboro 2, Gettysburg 1: At Dover, Rachel Richards' goal at the 17:47 mark of the second half broke a 1-1 tie and clinched the District 3-AA first-round victory for the Panthers. For the Warriors, Elena Montenegro scored at the 24:08 mark of the second half to tie the match. No. 3 seed Gettysburg finished at 18-2-0. No. 19 seed East Pennsboro improved to 11-8-1.
Manheim Central 8, Susquehannock 0: At Warwick, the Warriors dropped the District 3-AA first-round match. The Barons out shot the Warriors, 20-1. No. 13 seed Susquehannock finished 15-4-0. No. 4 seed Manheim Central improved to 17-3.
Hempfield 6, New Oxford 3: At Central Dauphin Middle School, the Colonials got two goals from Kaelyn Long and one from Braxtin Reddinger, but it wasn't enough in the District 3-AAA first-round battle. No. 10 seed New Oxford finished at 13-5-1. No. 7 seed Hempfield moved to 15-6-0.
Elizabethtown 1, Central York 0: At Penn Manor, the Panthers suffered a District 3-AAA first-round loss. No. 8 seed Central finished 14-5. No. 9 seed Elizabethtown improved to 15-4.
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