DALLASTOWN — There’s certainly something special going on with the Dallastown girls’ soccer team so far this year.
Whether that continues next week, when the Wildcats take on York-Adams League Division I rivals Red Lion and Central York, as well as a very tough Lower Dauphin outfit, remains to be seen.
So far this season, however, the Dallastown girls could not have gotten off to a better start. Just before a heavy downpour hit Wildcat Stadium Thursday afternoon, the Wildcats finished off another impressive performance with a 5-0 shutout of visiting Spring Grove.
That triumph pushed Dallastown’s record on the young season to a pristine 6-0 overall and 3-0 in D-I. They sit at No. 1 in the District 3 Class 4-A power ratings.
Even more impressive, it marked the fifth straight game that the Wildcats held the opposition off the scoreboard. The only goal the Dallastown girls have surrendered so far this season came in the first game of the campaign back on Aug. 31 against Elizabethtown in a 2-1 victory.
Since then, the Wildcats have blanked New Oxford (4-0), Governor Mifflin (1-0), Donegal (2-0), South Western (1-0) and now Spring Grove.
“We’re pretty happy,” said Dallastown senior Laken Fry, who scored two goals against the Rockets. “Our defense is really strong.”
Perhaps the shutout streak has as much to do with the offense as it does with the defense. The Wildcats' offense dazzled Thursday, as the team continually possessed the ball. That made life easy on goalie Ashley Wakeling, as well as the Dallastown defense.
“We’re really clicking as a team,” Fry said. “We’re working on making quick passes and keeping possession and then looking to either get it out wide or making runs. And that’s just what we do and I’m really proud of our team.”
Fry, however, is acutely aware that her team will get pushed pretty good next week against the Panthers, Lions and then the Falcons.
CY is 3-0 in the division, heading into Thursday's game vs. South Western. . The Panthers also already own a victory against a Red Lion side that is 2-1 in the division.
More importantly for the Wildcats, it was the Panthers who won the Y-A title last year by defeating Dallastown in the semifinals, 1-0.
“We’re definitely going to go after them,” Fry said of Central. “But we have to take care of Red Lion, too, so we have to practice hard and show up.”
If those rivals weren’t enough of a challenge, the Wildcats will also face unbeaten Lower Dauphin (5-0 and ranked No. 1 in the District 3 3-A power ratings) on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Keystone Cup.
“Yeah, big week,” Fry said with a laugh. “Central and Red Lion and then we have Lower Dauphin for the Keystone Cup.”
After a pause, Fry added a comment that truly defined her team’s special start.
“And we’re looking to keep our shutout streak going,” she said with a grin.
Dallastown also got goals on Thursday from Bella Druck, Annabelle Wunderlich and McKenna Kelley. Haley Brackett had two assists for the Wildcats, while Wunderlich and Delaney Davis had one each.
OTHER GIRLS' SOCCER
Gettysburg 8, West York 0: At Gettysburg, Lora Bertram led the Warriors to the home victory by scoring one goal and adding three assists. Teammate Maddy Gaydon scored two goals and added one assist. The Warriors' defense held the Bulldogs to zero shots on goal for the game.
York Catholic finished first on Thursday in the York-Adams Division III golf tournament at Honey Run. The Fighting Irish had a 346 total, which was five shots better than second-place Delone Catholic. Hanover was third at 393, followed by Fairfield (412), Bermudian Springs (420) and York Tech (425). York Catholic's Russ McPaul was the individual medalist at 8-over-par 80. York Catholic's Max Kile and Delone's Nick Carpenter tied for second at 85. Delone's Mason Clabaugh was fourth at 86, while York Catholic's Patrick Doran was fifth at 87.
Susquehannock wins D-II event: At Cool Creek Golf Club in Wrightsville, Susquehannock finished first with a 324 total, just one shot better than second-place Kennard-Dale. Dover was third at 334, followed by West York (355), York Suburban (361), Gettysburg (367) and Eastern York (395). K-D still leads the division at 33-3, while Susquehannock is second at 29-7. Susquehannock's Andrew Roberts was the individual medalist at even-par 70. Dover's Trevor Snyder was second at 74, followed by K-D's Jimmy Hook at 79, K-D's Alexandra Smith at 80 and Susquehannock's Ryan Thomas at 80.
Central York 3, Manheim Central 0: At Central York, the Panthers (5-1) received a singles victory from Daniella Feistritzer at No. 3. In doubles, Catherine Bennett and Maria Houseman won the No. 1 match, while Prital Prabhu and Sarah Gao combined to win the No. 2 match. The other two singles matches were not finished because of rain.
Kennard-Dale 3, Pequea Valley 2: At Fawn Grove, the Rams improved to 9-0 with the nonleague win. Pequea Valley fell to 7-3. K-D is No. 3 in the District 3 Class 2-A power ratings. Brianna Miller, Megan Hawkins and Brianna Serruto won in singles. Julie Rubelmann/Grace Maccarelli and Victoria Santoriello/Caroline Beighley triumphed in doubles.
Bermudian Springs 4, Dover 1: At Dover, the Adams County Eagles (Anne Miles, Haley Sullivan, Cheyenne Lehman) captured all three singles matches in straight sets. For the home team, Anna Hawkins and Lydia Golden combined to win the No. 1 doubles match.
Susquehannock 9, Eastern York 0: At Glen Rock, Mitch Brown and Nolan Holloway led the Warriors by each scoring two goals and adding two assists. Also for the Warriors, Fallou Cisse scored two goals and added one assist, while Nick Holloway scored one goal and added one assist. The Warriors' defense held the Golden Knights to just one shot on goal for the game. Susquehannock (5-0-1 overall) improved to 3-0 in York-Adams Division II.
Northeastern 4, New Oxford 2: Northeastern broke away from a 2-2 halftime tie to earn the win. Alex Afata had two goals to lead the Bobcats. Sam Gatchell and Brian Warrender also scored for Northeastern. Evan Gibbs, Caleb Snyder and Gavin Stephens had assists for the Bobcats.
Dallastown 3, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats improved to 6-0 overall with the York-Adams Division I win. Dallastown is 3-0 in the division and is No. 2 in the District 3 Class 4-A power ratings.
Gettysburg 5, West York 2: Justin Stough and Owen Jury scored West York goals in the loss. Jake Altimore had an assist. Alex Cole had three goals for Gettysburg.
Central York 3, Spring Grove 0: The Panthers rolled to a 25-22, 25-18, 25-20 victory behind big nights from Jenna Arganbright (12 kills, seven digs), Sydnie Johnson (nine kills), Abbey Stiffler (three kills, eight digs, 18 assists). Spring Grove's leaders were Maddie Ruhland (five digs, 19 assists), Hailey Wolfe (eight kills, eight digs), Nevaeh Wolfe (five kills, eight digs) and Falyn McGlynn (14 digs).
York Catholic 3, Fairfield 0: At York Catholic, the Irish won, 25-13, 25-10, 25-14. Ariyanna Fisher led the Irish with three kills and three aces. Also for YC, Madeline Walker had 14 assists and three digs, Shannon Toomey had five kills and three digs and Grace Keesey and Hope Leavy-Gaskins each had four kills. The Irish improved to 4-0 in York-Adams Division III action.
York Suburban 3, New Oxford 0: At York Suburban, the Trojans won the match, 25-13, 25-17, 25-16. Caitlin Springer led the Trojans individually with 23 assists and seven digs. Also for Suburban, Eliana Rodgers had seven kills and three digs, Maddison Perring had seven kills and Maia Carney had five digs and three aces. For the Colonials, Morgan Adams had 10 kills, while Torrin Kelley had 18 assists.
South Western 3, Dover 0: At Hanover, the Mustangs won the match, 25-8, 25-12, 25-13. Ali St. Rose led the Mustangs with 12 kills, 11 digs and four aces. Teammate Emma Filipovits had 12 kills and 10 digs. No Eagles statistics were available.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.