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RED LION — It was only two weeks ago that the Central York field hockey team had its way with York-Adams League Division I rival Red Lion.

In that showdown, the Panthers controlled the ball effectively while sophomore sensation Victoria Whitehead tallied four goals in a 5-1 triumph.

When the Lions hosted visiting Central Tuesday, the message for coach Carol Gillmen’s side was simple.

“We can wish for it or we can earn it,” Gillmen told her team.

Fortunately for the longtime Red Lion coach, her squad chose the latter. The Lions scored three times in the first half, all while holding Whitehead in check. The end result was a 4-2 triumph that brought a big smile to the Red Lion coach’s face. The Lions took took over sole possession of first place in the division.

“This is a huge week for us,” she said after her team improved to 10-5 overall and 8-2 in D-I. “And we had a great week last week, picking up three wins, and we feel that we’re starting to hit our stride.”

Lions control the ball: Part of the success against Whitehead on Tuesday was the fact that the home team was able to control the ball much better than it did in the first meeting. Sustained control allowed the Red Lion offense to earn considerably more chances than it did in the previous clash.

“We had to earn this win today,” Gillmen said. “Credit to our players who have been working hard on their passing game and getting better defensively. And, fortunately, we found our offense today.”

Goal scorers: Coda Fisher put the Lions ahead early with a nifty tally in just the second minute of action. Hannah Downs added an insurance tally just more than 15 minutes later to make it 2-0.

The Panthers cut the deficit in half with just under 10 minutes left in the first half when Grace Harrold scored the first of her two goals for the visitors.

With the direction of the game a bit less certain at the point, the Lions quickly regrouped to regain the upper hand. Kaiya Edwards found the net for the first of her back-to-back tallies just three minutes later to restore the two-goal cushion.

Edwards added her second tally midway through the second half to make it a 4-1 contest.

The Panthers got a second goal from Harrold with just under four minutes left, but the Lion defense held firm the rest of the way to claim a much-needed triumph.

“They got some goals, but we did what we had to do to earn the win,” Gillmen said.

Panthers are beat up: The setback was a bit of a disappointment for the Panthers, who could have taken a big step toward winning the division title with a triumph. Instead, the visitors fell a half game behind the Lions in the standings with a 7-2 record. The Panthers are 7-7 overall.

“We’re pretty beat up,” CY coach Lori Livingston said. “We had a girl in the first Red Lion game who got hit in the mouth and had three fractured teeth. And then we had a girl get hit on her pinkie finger at Northeastern and she has 12 stitches in there. I had another girl get slammed in the knee and Victoria got slammed in the hand. So we’ve played some games without some of our starters.”

BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY: 

Baxter leads Panthers to first-place finish: At Reservoir Hill, Brandon Baxter led the Central York Panthers to a first-place finish by defeating Spring Grove (15-50), West York (21-40), Eastern York (15-50) and Delone Catholic (15-50). Baxter was first individually in 17:59. Teammate Logan Dillow took third. The Bulldogs came in second as a team by defeating Eastern (22-34), Delone (15-50) and Spring Grove (27-28). Thomas Urrunaga led the Bulldogs with a fourth-place individual finish. Teammate Dylan Ackerman took fifth. The Rockets came in third as a team by defeating Delone (15-50) and Eastern (16-39). Jonathan Wyrick led the Rockets with a second-place individual finish. The Golden Knights came in fourth as a team by defeating Delone (15-50).

Adams leads Trojans: At Manchester, Cole Adams led the York Suburban Trojans to a first-place team finish with wins over Northeastern (20-39), Gettysburg (23-32)  and Susquehannock (17-42). Adams was first individually in 16:30. Also for Suburban, Edward Walsh took third and Grant Kern came in fifth. Gettysburg came in second as a team by defeating Susquehannock (17-45) and Northeastern (21-39). Andrew Hirneisen led the Adams County Warriors by taking second individually. The Bobcats came in third as a team by defeating Susquehannock (25-31). James Herman led the Bobcats individually with a fourth-place finish.

Dallastown runners shine: At York Catholic, the Dallastown Wildcats enjoyed a 3-0 day, followed by Red Lion (2-1), Fairfield (1-2) and York Catholic (0-3). York Catholic's Joe Rizzuto finished first individually in 18:10, followed by Dallastown's Brennan Donnelly, Fairfield's John Whitcomb, Red Lion's Mason Meads and Red Lion's Collin Green.

Wolf paces K-D: At Biglerville, Kennard-Dale's Colin Wolf finished first individually in 18:22 to pace the Rams to a 3-0 day. Dover was 2-1, followed by Littlestown (1-2) and Biglerville. K-D's Dan Gibney was second and his teammate, Garrett Quinan, was third. Dover's Tyler Rackley was fourth and K-D's Dylan Cunningham was fifth.

Mustangs go 3-0: At New Oxford, the South Western Mustangs went 3-0, beating New Oxford, Bermudian Springs and York Tech. New Oxford was second at 2-1, followed by Bermudian at 1-2 and Tech at 0-3. South Western's Shernel Singh was first in 17:10.

GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY

Bulldogs capture first place in team competition: At Reservoir Hill, the West York Bulldogs captured first in the team competition by defeating Eastern York (15-50), Delone Catholic (24-31), Central York (25-30) and Spring Grove (18-37). Olivia Grimes led the Bulldogs individually by taking third. The Squirettes came in second as a team by defeating Eastern (15-50), Central (26-29) and Spring Grove (21-37). Individually for the Squirettes, Julia O’Brien took second, while Becky Hernandez took fourth. The Panthers came in third as a team by defeating Spring Grove (21-37) and Eastern (15-50). Olivia Gemma led the Panthers individually by taking first in 23:01. Teammate Emily Pringle took fifth. The Rockets took fourth as a team by defeating Eastern (15-50).

Treglia paces Bobcats: At Manchester, Bella Treglia led the Northeastern Bobcats to victories over Gettysburg (22-35), York Suburban (18-38) and Susquehannock (15-50) by taking first individually in 20:43. Teammate Margaret Carroll took second in the same time. Gettysburg took second as a team by defeating Suburban (26-31) and Susquehannock (15-50). Anne Bair led the Adams County Warriors by taking third individually, while Kelty Oaster came in fourth. The Trojans came in third as a team by defeating Susquehannock (15-50). Courtney Ohl led the Trojans individually with a fifth-place finish.

Wildcats finish 3-0: At York Catholic, the Dallastown Wildcats went 3-0, followed by Red Lion (2-1), York Catholic (1-2) and Fairfield (0-3). Red Lion's Gwen Lloyd was the individual winner in 20:17, followed by teammate Kiersten Lloyd. Dover's Lydia Tolerico was third, followed by Red Lion's Lily Hare and Fairfield's Morgan Dennison.

Hogan helps Dover go 3-0: At Biglerville, Dover's Summer Hogan finished first individually in 20:38 to lead the Eagles to a 3-0 day. Littlestown was second at 2-1, followed by Kennard-Dale (1-2) and Biglerville (0-3). Dover's Emily Hogan was second, followed by K-D's Delaney Barts and Dover's Hannah Hogan and Carley McDowell.

Watson leads way at New Oxford: At New Oxford, South Western's Paige Watson won the girls' race in 21:47. None of the competing teams (South Western, New Oxford, York Tech or Bermudian Springs) had enough runners to qualify for a team score.

GIRLS' SOCCER

Northeastern 7, New Oxford 1: At Manchester, the Bobcats rolled behind big games from Logan Jennings (goal, three assists), Madi Craley (three goals), Megan Elzinga (two goals), Katie Snelbaker (goal) and Chaney Golden (assist). Northeastern is now 10-5-0 overall and 7-2-0 in York-Adams Division I.

Gettysburg 9, West York 0: At West York, Lora Bertram scored five goals to lead the Warriors to the road victory. Teammate Rachel McKinney scored one goal and added two assists. Gettysburg improved to 8-1-1 in York-Adams League Division II.

Biglerville 4, York Catholic 0: At York Catholic, Katelyn Woolson led the Canners to the York-Adams League Division III victory by scoring two goals. With the win, Biglerville improved to 7-2-1 in the division, while the Irish dropped to 3-7-0 in the division.

Central York 8, South Western 0: At Hanover, the first-place Panthers dominated on the road to improve to 11-2-1 overall and 9-1-0 in York-Adams Division I.

Dallastown 5, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats improved to 9-5-0 overall and 6-3-0 in York-Adams Division I with the road triumph.

Susquehannock 7, Eastern York 0: At Glen Rock, the Warriors dominated to improve to 7-3-2 overall and 7-0-2 in York-Adams Division II.

Red Lion 2, York Suburban 0: At Suburban, Red Lion won the nondivisional contest to move to 10-3-0 overall. Suburban is 9-6-0.

BOYS' SOCCER

Central York 0, South Western 0, 2OT: At Central, the two teams couldn't crack the scoreboard through two overtimes. Alessandro Saraza had six saves for South Western, while Matt Smyser had three for Central, now 8-4-2 overall and 6-2-2 in York-Adams Division I.

Biglerville 6, York Catholic 2: At Biglerville, in a battle of York-Adams Division III leaders, the Canners cruised. Colin Smith and Pasen Maynard scored for the Irish, while Jonathan Yinger had two assists. Both teams entered at 9-0-0 in D-III action. Biglerville improved to 12-1-0 overall, while York Catholic fell to 11-2-0. David Bobadilla, Danny Chavarria, Jorge Cervantes, Isaiah Kuykendall and Emmanuel Esquivas were Biglerville's scorers. The Canners also had an own goal.

Susquehannock 4, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, the first-place Warriors improved to 14-0-1 overall and 9-0-0 in York-Adams Division II. Susquehannock is No. 1 in the latest District 3 Class 3-A power ratings.

West York 2, Gettysburg 1: At Gettysburg, the Bulldogs got the road win when Noah Murray scored to break a 1-1 tie. West York improved to 9-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 in York-Adams Division II. 

Northeastern 3, New Oxford 1: At New Oxford, Alex Afata led the Bobcats by connecting for two goals. Teammate Brian Warrender scored one goal and added one assist. Northeastern improved to 8-5-1 overall and 6-2-1 in York-Adams Division I.

Red Lion 1, York Suburban 0: At Red Lion, the home team won the nondivisional match to improve to 6-5-1 overall. Suburban fell to 10-3-1.

Reach Ryan Vandersloot at sports@yorkdispatch.com.

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