York-Adams girls' soccer stars battle to 1-1 deadlock
DOVER — There's no tying in high school soccer.
Unless it's a game where having fun trumps the final score.
The York-Adams League Girls' Soccer Senior All-Star Game ended in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night following the regulation 80 minutes.
No overtime. No penalty kicks.
"I think it's probably a great way to end it," said Dallastown head coach Scott Austin, who directed the Colors (Away) team. "That way, someone in their senior game doesn't feel, 'Geez, I'm the one who made a mistake or gave up a goal.' The girls on both teams should be very proud of the way it turned out."
One of the girls from Austin's Dallastown's team, Paige Hartman, scored the goal for the Colors club. Hartman connected at the 29-minute, 54-second mark of the second half to forge the tie. South Western's Abigail Stevenson had given the White team a 1-0 lead with her goal just 48 seconds into the final half.
"The ball came out of the back, and it went to No. 9 of Gettysburg (Emily Bertram)," Hartman said. "She played a square ball right across the middle, and I was able to get past two players and get in on the goalie and shoot."
The goal made a special night even more special for Hartman.
"I knew some of the players from club ball, and it was great having a chance to play with them," she said.
The White team fired eight more shots on goal than the Colors did (including two blasts that ricocheted off the cross bar), but Colors' keepers Brenna Schroter, of Northeastern, and Rebecca Martin, of Biglerville, combined for 10 saves (each goalie played a half).
"It was really fun playing with higher-level people," said Schroter, who recorded 20 saves during a regular-season game against Dallastown. "Although, since I didn't know any names, it was harder to direct people."
Schroter got to know some of her teammates during the second half.
"When I was on the bench, I was talking to some of the girls, and they were really nice and really talented," she said.
Austin probably summed up the feelings of all the coaches and players about the evening when he said: "It was a total blast. It was a great evening, and I couldn't be happier."
Central's Liz Critchfield and Hanover's Ralph Doxsey were the co-coaches for the White team.
This season's team sportsmanship winners, Spring Grove (Division I), Kennard-Dale (Division II) and Hanover (Division III), were honored at halftime.
Maddie Feeser (Bermudian Springs) and Katlyn Kreitz (Fairfield) were the goalies for the White team.
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