DALLASTOWN — Dallastown boys’ soccer coach Matt Zimmerman would like to think that he's somehow responsible for his team’s early success this season.
The truth, however, is that Zimmerman can’t quite put his finger on the real reason why his Wildcats are excelling.
“The boys are playing really well,” Zimmerman said moments after his team downed Spring Grove, 4-2, at Wildcat Stadium Thursday afternoon to improve to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in York-Adams Division I “There’s just a great spirit on the team this year, and it’s just some of the best I’ve ever seen in my 20-plus years of coaching.”
After years of taking a bit of a backseat to Central York, Susquehannock and Gettysburg in the York-Adams League, Zimmerman believes his team is well equipped to claim league, if not area-wide supremacy — even if he can't pinpoint the exact reason.
“I’m not sure why,” he said. “I’d like to think that I waved some magic wand and this is what happened. Or that I did X, Y and Z and this is the result. I have no clue.”
The answer to that question may be interesting, but to Zimmerman it’s really unimportant. All that matters is that the Wildcats are doing all of the things that it takes for a team to be a success.
“These boys really care about each other,” he said. “They’re playing really hard and they’re willing to work for each other. No one is greedy. No one thinks of themselves as just the goal scorer. They’re all doing the hard work and that’s great to see out here.”
Statement win: No moment so far this season has surpassed the energy, focus and intensity that Zimmerman saw from his squad during its 3-2 triumph in the Keystone Cup over two-time defending PIAA Class 3-A state champion Lower Dauphin last Saturday.
“I’ve never seen a team play any better than we did against Lower Dauphin,” he said. “I don’t have the stats but I’d say that we possessed the ball for over 50 of the 80 minutes. I mean we dominated them until the last 10 minutes of the game, when it got a little bit hairy.”
Zimmerman couldn't say the same about his team’s performance Thursday vs. the Rockets, but he was still pleased that the Wildcats were able to make some adjustments to counteract a few of the things that Spring Grove did to give his team trouble.
“That was a team that was determined to do some things against us that we haven’t seen before,” Zimmerman said of Spring Grove. “They had a lot of people behind the ball, and usually teams try to score, but they really packed it in the middle and we weren’t able to move the ball as well as we wanted to. It took us awhile to get used to finding and thinking more quickly.”
Talent a key: Part of the answer that Zimmerman is searching for probably has a lot to do with talent.
After playing for the U.S. National Academy team in Lancaster a year ago, sophomore Mitchell Groh has added a boost of talent and chemistry.
“We’re off to a pretty good start,” said Groh, who scored one of his team’s four goals Thursday. “But I think we all expected it, but I think this is better than we expected. Beating a team like Lower Dauphin is a big confidence booster for us for sure.”
The season, however, isn’t even to the halfway point quite yet. Zimmerman knows that next week is a big one for his squad when it takes on an up-and-coming Red Lion side as well as rival Central York. The Lions knocked off the Panthers earlier this week.
Making a statement by getting a pair of victories over those two schools will speak volumes for Zimmerman.
“These last few years we’ve been in the mix, but we’ve never been the top dog,” he said. “I think that we have the feeling now that this year it might be us. We want people to say ‘oh-no, we’ve got to play Dallastown.’ For them, having a little fear in knowing how good we can play.”
In Thursday's win, Seth Falvey scored twice for Dallastown, while Keegan Lambertson also scored. Chris Abdul-Malak and Liam Gohn scored for Spring Grove.
Northeastern 4, New Oxford 1: At New Oxford, Alex Afata (two goals) and Ryan McElwain (goal, assist) powered the Bobcats (4-1-1 overall). Isaac Yoke had Northeastern's other goal. Antonio Damian and Sam Gatchell added assists for the Bobcats. Troy Billingslea had five saves to get the win in goal.
Susquehannock 3, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, the Warriors rolled behind goals from Mason Kaifer, Fallon Cisse and Nick Holloway. Susquehannock is 5-1-1 overall and 3-0 in York-Adams Division II.
Bermudian Springs 2, York High 0: At York Springs, the Bearcats suffered their first loss after opening the season with two wins. Jose Garcia-Habana led York High with nine saves in goal.
South Western 0, Central York 0: At Central, neither the Panthers nor the Mustangs could manage a score. Central had a 7-5 edge in shots and a 5-3 edge in corners. Central goalie Brian Ponce had five saves. Central won the JV match, 1-0.
Dover 4, Kennard Dale 0: At Dover, Jalen Brownson had a goal and two assists and Jaxson Burrage added a goal and an assist to lead the home team. Devin Crone and Ben Bressler also scored for the Eagles. John Moscynski had seven saves to register the shutout in goal. Dover won the JV match, 2-1.
Biglerville 4, York Catholic 1: At York, Kylie Kemp scored the only goal for the Irish. Angela Debolt made 12 saves in goal for York Catholic.
Dallastown 2, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats blanked the Rockets to improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in York-Adams Division I. Caroline Muth scored both Dallastown goals.
York Suburban 8, York Country Day 0: At Suburban, Hannah Druhaus and Roma Williams led the Trojans by each scoring two goals and adding one assist. Teammate Brooke Sargen scored one goal and added one assist. The Trojans defense held the Greyhounds to just two shots on goal.
Northeastern 7, New Oxford 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats cruised behind two goals from Camryn Kurilla. Katie Snelbaker, Alexandra Versace, Hannah Wildasin, Megan Elzinga and Sage Senft also scored for Northeastern. Katie Shearer needed just two saves to record the shutout.
Susquehannock 8, Eastern York 0: At Glen Rock, freshman Olivia Pasko had a hat trick over a 10-minute stretch of the first half to power the Warriors. Carly Attig added two goals and an assist, while Emily Rathell and Julianna Baibos each collected a goal and an assist. Ashlynn Weger also scored for the Warriors. Susquehannock won the JV match, 4-0.
Kennard-Dale 4, Red Lion 1: At Red Lion, the Rams received singles victories from Brianna Miller, Megan Hawkins, and Julie Rubleman. In doubles, Meghan Silva and Grace Maccarelli combined to win the No. 1 match. For the Lions, Emma Hively and Allie Dettinger combined to win the No. 2 doubles match.
York Suburban 5, Lancaster Mennonite 0: At Suburban, the Trojans received singles victories from Alex Clancy, Liv Pendzola and Zoe Prats. In doubles, Ini Ekaha and Alivia Halza won the No. 1 match, while Sophie Gilbert and Janelle Rice won the No. 2 match.
Northeastern 5, York Catholic 0: At Springettsbury Park, the Bobcats received singles victories from Courtnee Hoff, Jullian Laughman and Brynn MacDonald. Madison Laughman and Jiselle Castano won the No. 1 doubles match, while Taylor Forry and Aubrey Shaffer won the No. 2 match.
Manheim Central 4, Central York 1: At Central, the Panthers captured the No. 2 doubles match in three sets behind Maria Houseman and Catherine Bennett.
Central York 3, Spring Grove 0: At Central York, the Panthers won, 25-17, 25-16, 25-23. Alexa Shorts led the Panthers with 16 kills, three blocks and three digs. Also for Central, Linnea Prudell had 26 assists and three digs, Sydnie Johnson had five kills and Grace Rishel had eight digs. For the Rockets, Kaylin Zeigler had 13 kills and five digs, while Maddie Ruhland had 19 assists and three digs and Falyn McGlynn had eight digs and three kills. Central won the JV match, 2-0.
West York 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, the Bulldogs won the match, 25-14, 25-16, 25-16. Julia Rill led the Bulldogs with six digs and seven kills, while Kam Hepler had eight digs, Taylor Morley had 16 assists, seven digs and three aces and Tesia Thomas had seven kills.
York Suburban 3, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, the Trojans won, 25-16, 25-16, 25-12. Lulu Mooney led the Trojans with 10 kills and eight digs. Teammate Lauren Guyer had 21 assists. For the Colonials, Sierra Schwartz had seven kills, four digs and three aces. Suburban won the JV match 25-7, 25-18.
York Catholic 3, Fairfield 0: At Fairfield, the Lady Irish rolled to a 25-8, 25-5, 25-7 triumph. Bella Kepner (eight kills), Ariyanna Fisher (seven kills, five digs), Megan Daugherty (12 assists) and Madeline Walker (four digs, 14 assists, eight aces) led the Irish. York Catholic won the JV match, 2-0.
Dover 3, South Western 1: At Dover, the Eagles captured a 25-21, 22-25, 29-27, 25-21 triumph. South Western won the JV match, 25-9, 25-14. Chayce Hoffman (20 kills, 12 digs), Emma Davis (24 kills, nine digs) and Abby Diehl (50 assists, six digs) paced the Eagles. South Western won the JV match, 2-0.
Susquehannock 3, Gettysburg 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors grabbed a 25-17, 25-22, 25-21, 25-15 victory. The Warriors were powered by Nikki Gianzanti (28 digs), Emily Sweitzer (five kills, 15 digs, 21 assists), Emma Sieling (19 kills, 22 digs), Savannah Leslie (13 kills, 23 digs) and Maddie Geiple (four digs, 19 assists). Susquehannock won the JV match, 2-0.
Dallastown 3, Red Lion 1: At Red Lion, the visitors triumphed, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-18. The Wildcats were led by Izzy Ream (eight digs, 36 assists), Lydia Stump (12 kills, six digs) and Lexie Kalligonis (15 digs). Red Lion's leader was Maddie Grim (nine digs, 18 assists).
Susquehannock tops Division II field at Briarwood East: Susquehannock edged Dover by two shots (334-336) to finish first in a York-Adams Division II golf match at Briarwood East Golf Course on Thursday.
York Suburban was third at 353, followed by Kennard-Dale (353), West York (361), Eastern York (375) and Gettysburg (406).
Susquehannock leads the division with 84 points at 28-2. Suburban is second at 24-6 (72 points), while Dover is third at 19-11 (57 points).
Littlestown's Devin Peart was the individual medalist at 1-over-par 73. Littlestown doesn't have enough golfers to field a team, but Peart is still allowed to compete as an individual.
Susquehannock's Spencer Beran was next at 75, followed by his teammate, Andrew Roberts, at 77. Dover's Chase Spahr was the only other golfer to break 80, at 79.
Cumberland Valley 4, Dallastown 0: Amy Mattingly scored all four goals for CV, including three in the first half. Dallastown goalies Piper Glattacker and Bella Saylor each made eight saves. Dallastown dropped to 4-2 overall.