DALLASTOWN — The Central York girls’ soccer team is a lot of things.
A puzzle? Check again.
With a lot of different personalities mixing with a number of talented, soon-to-be-college players, the Panthers have the potential to reach almost any of their goals, provided they can learn to successfully play together.
Coming off a setback Monday night against a tough Manheim Township squad, the CY girls were back on the pitch Tuesday afternoon against rival Dallastown. Coach Eric Webb’s squad may have shown some tired legs in a rematch of last year’s District 3 opener won by the Wildcats.
Still, the Panthers didn’t seem to be at a disadvantage.
A first-half goal by Anya Schnetzka was all that the visitors would need to score some sweet revenge against an equally talented Dallastown side. Central earned a hard-fought 1-0 triumph.
The first-place Panthers improved to 7-1-1 overall and 6-0 in York-Adams Division I, while the Wildcats dropped to 6-2 and 3-2 after suffering a second 1-0 defeat in a row.
“This team really gets along well,” junior playmaker Lauren Baylor said. “We’re all BFFs (best friends forever). I think we’re closer than we were even last year.”
Big goals: While coach Webb has no idea how his team’s season will end up — the players are hoping to become the first-ever CY girls’ team to make it to states — the combination of personality, versatility and skill has made his job more pleasant in his fourth season back with the program.
Webb, however, realizes that reaching that goal will be no small task.
“There are certainly some things that we are hoping to accomplish,” Webb said, noting that no CY girls' team has ever won more than one game in the district playoffs. “But we know that there are so many good teams out there. Girls’ soccer in this district and at this level (4-A) is really, really good.”
Unfavorable match-ups: Part of the problem for the Panthers has been that the district match-ups have been less than favorable over the past three years. Drawing Central Dauphin and Dallastown in the first round is definitely no picnic, as evidenced by Dallastown’s 1-0 victory a season ago.
“Dallastown is not really a good match-up for us,” he said. “I mean we played them four times last year and it’s hard to beat a really strong program like that multiple times.”
Feeling upbeat: For a day, however, the Central girls were all smiles after earning a victory in the first of possibly several showdowns with their rivals this season. Combined with a 1-0 victory over a Northeastern side that handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season (1-0) this past Saturday, the Panthers are understandably upbeat about their play thus far.
“I feel like we all know how we play together,” Baylor said. “We know which positions that we’re best at, but we still have room to improve.”
Yes, the puzzle still needs to be completed.
Improvement was a big theme of Webb’s remarks to his team afterwards. The season is only at the halfway point and nothing has been accomplished yet.
“We still have some things we need to work on,” Webb said. “Sometimes you don’t know what you have and don’t have until a team exposes it.”
So what did Webb learn about his squad Tuesday?
“Tonight I know that our girls were beat today and they didn’t really have the legs,” he said. “And I know it isn’t ideal to play a really tough team (Monday) night and then have to come back and play another team the next afternoon. It’s just physically hard.”
The good news for the Panthers is that they will have time to improve in some areas. They off until Saturday morning, when they face Susquehannock.
“We haven’t practiced since last week,” Webb said. “So we’ll take some of this time to work on things.”
Another tough defeat for Dallastown: While the Panthers were pleased with their performance, the Wildcats had to endure a second-straight 1-0 setback. Dallastown coach Scott Austin pointed out his team had several good chances Saturday against Northeastern that just missed.
The hosts also had some chances in the second half on Tuesday, when the Dallastown girls played the Panthers much more closely.
“We had some close calls,” Austin said. “Saturday we hit a crossbar, we missed a header and hit a post. And today against Central, in the second half, we made some adjustments and I think we kind of owned the second half and had some chances, but obviously we fell a little short.”
Austin and his side are in the midst of a brutal four-game gauntlet that started with the Northeastern game last Saturday and finishes up with games against rival Red Lion and then Lower Dauphin Saturday.
“I was hoping to maybe go 3-1, but here we are 0-2,” Austin said. “But my message to the girls is that one play isn’t going to define us and one game isn’t going to define us. This season is a marathon and there’s a good chance we’ll see (Northeastern and Central) again one or two more times down the road.”
BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY
Herman first for Bobcats: At Codorus State Park, Northeastern's James Herman led the Bobcats to victories over Delone Catholic (15-49), Red Lion (23-34), Biglerville (15-50) and York Tech (18-45) by taking first individually in 17:26. Northeastern's Cole Perry took second individually, while Ben Walter took fourth. Northeastern improved to 8-2. The Lions came in second as a team by defeating Delone (15-49), York Tech (20-43) and Biglerville (15-50). Mason Meads led the Lions individually with a fifth-place finish. The Squires came in third as a team by defeating York Tech (24-32) and Biglerville (24-42). The Spartans took fourth as a team by defeating Biglerville (19-42). Sean Smith led the Spartans with a third-place individual finish.
Hirneisen leads Warriors to first-place finish: At Rudy Park, Gettysburg's Andrew Hirneisen led the Warriors to a first-place finish by defeating Central York (22-37), South Western (23-36) and Kennard-Dale (26-31). He finished first individually in 17:00. Teammate Drew Cole took third. The Rams took second as a team by defeating Central (27-30) and South Western (26-29). Collin Wolf led the Rams individually by finishing second. The Mustangs came in third as a team by defeating Central (25-30). Shernel Singh led the Mustangs with a fourth-place individual finish. Central's Brandon Baxter took fifth individually.
Kern powers Trojans: At Spring Grove, York Suburban's Grant Kern led the Trojans to victories over Dallastown (17-42), Spring Grove (17-43) and Littlestown (15-50) by taking first individually in 17:31. Also for Suburban, Cole Adams took second individually, while Jordan Ohl took third. The Wildcats took second as a team by defeating Spring Grove (25-32) and Littlestown (15-50). Rory McCleary led the Wildcats individually with a fourth-place finish. The Rockets took third as a team by defeating Littlestown (15-46). Jonathan Wyrick led the Rockets individually by taking fifth.
Urrunaga excels for Bulldogs: At Fairfield, West York's Thomas Urrunaga led the Bulldogs to victories over Fairfield (24-33) and New Oxford (21-37) by taking first individually in 18:18. Teammate Dylan Ackerman took third individually. The Green Knights came in second as a team by defeating New Oxford (24-31). John Whitcomb led the Green Knights with a second-place individual finish, while teammate Gabe Schubring came in fourth. The Colonials' Vance Hagarman finished fifth individually.
GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY
Carroll leads Bobcats: At Codorus State Park, Northeastern's Margaret Carroll led the Bobcats to victories over Delone Catholic (15-49), Red Lion (26-33), York Tech (15-50) and Biglerville (15-50) with a first-place individual finish in 19:40. Northeastern improved to 10-0 overall. The Bobcats' Bella Treglia took fourth individually. The Lions took second as a team by defeating York Tech (15-50), Biglerville (15-50) and Delone (18-43). Gwendolyn Lloyd led the Lions with a second-place individual finish, while teammates Kiersten Lloyd took third and Lily Hare took fifth. The Squirettes came in third as a team by defeating Biglerville (15-50) and York Tech (15-50). The Spartans and Canners forfeited against each other.
Mustangs take first in team competition: At Rudy Park, the South Western Mustangs defeated Central York (18-40), Kennard-Dale (15-50) and Gettysburg (27-32). Paige Watson led the Mustangs individually by taking second, while teammate Alyssa Bentzel took fifth. The Warriors took second as a team by defeating K-D (15-50) and Central (25-31). Anne Bair led the Warriors individually by taking first in 21:06. Teammate Kelty Oaster took third. The Panthers came in third place as a team by defeating K-D (15-50). K-D's Delaney Barts was fourth individually.
Schuler sparks Wildcats: At Spring Grove, Dallastown's Emily Schuler led the Wildcats to victories over York Suburban (21-38), Littlestown (15-50) and Spring Grove (15-50) by taking first individually in 20:58. Also for Dallastown, Allison Myers took second individually, while Lydia Tolerico took third. The Trojans came in second as a team by defeating Spring Grove (17-46) and Littlestown (15-50). Courtney Ohl led the Trojans individually by taking fourth, while teammate Sarah Gleba took fifth. The Rockets took third as a team by defeating Littlestown (20-41).
Bulldogs first in team competition: At Fairfield, the West York Bulldogs captured first in the team competition by defeating New Oxford (15-50) and Fairfield (15-50). Individually for the Bulldogs, Olivia Grimes took third, while teammates Torrie Hernandez took fourth and Katie Coats took fifth. The Colonials and Green Knights forfeited against each other. Individually for the Green Knights, Morgan Dennison took first in 21:25 and New Oxford's Sarah Pfisterer took second.
Eastern York 4, West York 0: At Wrightsville, Hannah Sellers and Cassidy Shetter led the Golden Knights to the home victory by each scoring two goals. The Golden Knights' defense held the Bulldogs to one shot on goal.
Delone Catholic 9, York High 1: At McSherrystown, the Squirettes rolled behind big games from Kathleen Chroniger (goal, two assists), Giana Hoddinott (two goals), Mary Dizor (two goals), Emma Russell (goal, assist) and Emily McCann (goal, assist). Lenazia Beady scored for York High, while Kiarra Anderson had six assists.
Kennard-Dale 6, Octorara 1: At Octorara, Lydia Gable scored four goals to power the Rams to the nonleague road win.
Donegal 8, Spring Grove 3: At Mount Joy, Carley Kibler scored three goals in a losing cause for the Rockets in nonleague action.
Gettysburg 3, Dover 0: At Dover, Grace Floreck led the Warriors to the road victory by scoring two goals. The Warriors' defense held the Eagles to one shot on goal.
Susquehannock 4, York Suburban 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors (5-2 overall) moved to 5-0 in York-Adams Division II contests.
Red Lion 2, Northeastern 0: At Manchester, the Lions improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in York-Adams Division I. Northeastern fell to 5-4 and 3-2.
Dallastown 1, Central York 0: At Central York, in a York-Adams Division I showdown, Garrett Zeigler broke a scoreless tie when he found the back of the net at the 1:24 mark of the second half to give the Wildcats the lead for good. Teammate Gavin Connors made two stops in goal. For the Panthers, Matt Smyser made five saves in goal. Dallastown improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in D-I. Central fell to 5-2-1 and 4-1-1.
Susquehannock 1, York Suburban 0: At Suburban, in a battle of York-Adams Division II and District 3 Class 3-A powers, the Warriors earned the key road win. Susquehannock, rated No. 1 in the district 3-A power ratings, improved to 8-0-1 overall and 4-0-0 in D-II. The Warriors have won eight straight. Suburban, which is No. 3 in the 3-A power ratings, fell to 7-1-1 and 3-1-1. The game's lone goal was scored by Nolan Holloway off an assist by Fallou Cisse. Nick Koval had five saves to record the shutout.
York Catholic 5, Fairfield 1: At York, the Fighting Irish improved to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in York-Adams Division III with their fifth-straight win. The Irish are No. 1 in the District 3 Class 1-A power ratings. The Irish were led by Jon Yinger (three goals), Ben Bullen (goal, two assists) and Pasen Maynard (goal, two assists).
Northeastern 5, Red Lion 0: At Red Lion, the Bobcats rolled to a surprisingly easy road win to improve to 5-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in York-Adams Division I. Red Lion fell to 3-2-1 and 2-2-1.
York High 5, Delone Catholic 1: At York High, Angel Paredes led the Bearcats to the home victory by recording a hat trick and adding one assist. Teammate Yair Rodriquez scored two goals. For the Squires, Devin Boyd scored the lone goal.
Gettysburg 2, Dover 1: Owen Davis gave Dover an early 1-0 lead, but the Eagles couldn't hold on. Malachai Abma and Alex Cole scored for Gettysburg.
York Suburban 3, Susquehannock 0: At Glen Rock, the Trojans improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in York-Adams Division II with a 25-18, 25-12, 25-21 victory. Suburban was paced by Caitlin Springer (11 digs, 33 assists), Eliana Rodgers (14 kills, five digs, three aces), Maddison Perring (seven kills), Alyssa Hocker (seven kills), Elizabeth Mooney (11 digs, three kills, four aces), Lauren Guyer (14 digs) and Mackenzie Corsa (19 digs). Susquehannock fell to 5-2 and 3-2.
Central York 3, South Western 1: At Central, the Panthers handed the Mustangs their first York-Adams Division I loss, 25-19, 28-26, 20-25, 25-19. Central improved to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in D-I. South Western fell to 4-1 both overall and in the division. Central was led by Jenna Arganbright (16 kills, 13 digs), Sydnie Johnson (14 kills), Alexa Shorts (eight kills, 11 digs), Abbey Stiffler (33 assists, six digs) and Eve Brink (22 digs). South Western's leaders were Ali St. Rose (15 kills, 26 digs), Jacy Crouse (30 assists, 12 digs), Emma Filipovitz (14 digs, nine kills) and Kirby Meyer (18 digs).
Spring Grove 3, Dover 0: At Dover, the Rockets rolled to a 25-14, 25-18, 25-10 win behind big nights from Maddie Ruhland (20 assists, eight digs, seven aces), Kaylyn Zeigler (eight kills, four digs) and Hailey Wolfe (six kills, three digs, four aces).
Dallastown 3, Northeastern 0: At Manchester, the Wildcats moved into a tie for first place in York-Adams Division I with South Western at 4-1. The Wildcats are 6-2 overall.
West York 3, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, the Bulldogs rolled to a 25-13, 25-15, 25-18 win to improve to 6-1 overall and 5-0 in York-Adams Division II. Eastern fell to 3-3 and 3-2.
Central York 5, Dover 0: At Central, the Panthers improved to 7-1 overall with their seventh straight victory. Central leads York-Adams Division I at 6-0. The Panthers received straight-set singles victories from Rachel Haupt, Audrey Stewart and Daniella Feistritzer. In doubles, Brenna Bonene and Catherine Bennett combined to win the No. 1 match, while Maria Houseman and Prital Prabhu combined to win the No. 2 match.
West York 4, York Catholic 1: Alisa Steele, Chloe Hoover and Lexi Sanderson swept the singles matches for West York, while Alexa Stackhouse and Amara Weaver won at No. 1 doubles. Ireland Brennan and Ella Linthicum won at No. 2 doubles for York Catholic.
Cedar Cliff 3, Northeastern 2: Jillian Laughman and Jiselle Castano won a No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, but it wasn't enough to get the Bobcats a nonleague win.
Delone Catholic 2, York Tech 0: At McSherrystown, Lexie Strausbaugh led the Squirettes to the home victory by scoring one goal and adding one assist.
New Oxford 5, Spring Grove 0: At New Oxford, Carrie Bair led the Colonials to the home victory by scoring four goals and adding one assist.
Bacha shoots 66 to help Central York move into sole possession of first: Carson Bacha fired a 6-under-par 66 on Tuesday at the Bridges Golf Club near Abbottstown to help the Central York golf team move into sole possession of first place in York-Adams Division I.
The Panthers finished with a 307 total to win the D-I event by 10 shots over second-place Dallastown. Central now leads the division at 33-3, while Dallastown is 32-4. The final D-I event of the year is Thursday at Hanover Country Club.
Spring Grove finished third Tuesday with a 351 total, followed by Northeastern (353), Red Lion (366), New Oxford (373) and South Western (374).
Dallastown's Owen Brown finished second individually at 71, followed by Spring Grove's Karl Frisk (74), Central's Jun Lee (75), Central's Alex Gekas (79) and Red Lion's Kyle Dougherty (79).
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