DALLASTOWN — Entering Thursday’s York-Adams League Division I girls’ soccer showdown between backyard rivals Red Lion and Dallastown, the implications of the result were clear.
For the visiting Lions, anything but a loss would sew up a Y-A playoff berth.
For the Wildcats, a victory would be the only result that would put the hosts into the league playoffs.
Despite each side enjoying a handful of chances, neither club could find the back of the net in regulation. The Wildcats tried to force the issue like crazy in overtime, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
Different emotions: The end result — a scoreless tie after two overtimes — evoked differing emotions from the two rivals.
The Lions (11-5-1 overall, 8-3-1 D-I) were ecstatic, since the tie clinched a spot in the eight-team league playoffs. For the Wildcats (10-5-2, 7-3-2), the result had the same ramifications as a loss. Coach Scott Austin’s side can only watch next week’s playoffs as spectators.
“This was the best tie we’ve ever had,” Red Lion coach Meghan Roy said. “A win would have been great, but we’re OK with a tie.”
With Central York (12-3-1, 10-2) clinching the division title Tuesday, the Lions will be either the No. 2 or 3 seed in the playoffs from D-I.
“I told my girls that they were playing for everything tonight,” Roy said. “And the result tonight was good for what I’m building with our program. It’s mental toughness. They switched up their formation and we knew what was coming. They had to score.”
Silver lining for Wildcats: While Austin and his team would very much have enjoyed a shot at winning the league title, there is a silver lining to being left out of the draw. Instead of playing one to as many as three contests next week, the Wildcats will be able to rest up and practice for their District 3 4-A first-round contest.
“The good news is that this will give us a chance to heal up,” Austin said. “And there’s nothing wrong with that. And two, I pulled up 10 JV players to go with us and they’ll be able to train with us and get some experience. In practice we split the teams up so they’ll probably have a bit of a rude awakening having me as their coach. But that’s good.”
Hoping for kinder district draw: Austin is hoping that this year’s draw will be a bit kinder for his team and the league overall. Last year, the Wildcats played Central in the first round of districts. Those two not only played twice in the regular season, but also in the Y-A semifinals, which CY won.
Dallastown, however, got sweet revenge with a 1-0 triumph in districts, but Austin would rather see the local contingent have the chance to not cannibalize each other.
“We were No. 12 in the (District 3) ratings coming in to tonight,” Austin said. “And there are teams like Mechanicsburg, Carlisle and others that still have two or more games left. So a lot can move around, but hopefully we won’t face Central in the first round again.”
After Thursday’s contest, the Wildcats fell to 13th in the power ratings. Central is currently sixth while Red Lion is 10th and Northeastern is 16th. The top 16 teams will qualify for the playoffs.
OTHER GIRLS' SOCCER
Eastern York 3, Kennard-Dale 1: At Wrightsville, Sophia Hoff led the Golden Knights to the York-Adams Division II victory by scoring two goals. Teammate Cassidy Shetter scored one goal and added one assist. For the Rams, Cloe Thoericht scored the lone goal.
Northeastern 5, South Western 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats rolled behind Megan Elzinga (two goals), Logan Jennings (two assists), Camryn Kurilla (goal), Rachael Kelly (goal) and Madi Craley (goal). Hannah Wildasin and Trinity Schraudner also had assists and Katie Shearer have five saves in the shutout. Northeastern improved to 12-5-1 overall and 9-2-1 in York-Adams Division I.
York Catholic 11, Hanover 1: At Hanover, the Lady Irish improved to 7-10 overall and 5-8 in York-Adams Division III.
York Suburban 2, Dover 0: At Dover, the Trojans improved to 12-6 overall and 8-4 in York-Adams Division II.
Susquehannock 2, West York 2: At West York, the two teams battled to an overtime tie. Susquehannock stayed unbeaten on the season at 15-0-2 and 10-0-1 in York-Adams Division II. West York is 10-5-2 and 7-3-2. The game was a rematch of last year's league playoff title match. Susquehannock jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Johathen Collins and Nolan Holloway. Jake Altimore's two second-half goals tied the game for West York. Jack Friedah and Owen Jury had West York assists.
Biglerville 7, York High 1: At Biglerville, Jorge Cervantes led the Canners to the York-Adams Division III win by scoring four goals. For the Bearcats, Yair Rodriguez scored the lone goal. Biglerville improved to 13-0-0 in the division, while York High fell to 4-8-0.
York Catholic 4, Hanover 1: At York, Pasen Maynard, Jon Yinger, Sean Lavallee and Dylan Staub scored the Irish goals. Ben Bullen had two assists, while Nick Phillips and Colin Smith had one assist each for YC. Kyle Garman scored for Hanover off an assist from Brayan Ochoa Diaz. York Catholic is 15-2 overall and 12-2 in York-Adams Division III.
Northeastern 2, South Western 0: At Hanover, the Bobcats improved to 11-6-1 overall and 8-3-1 in York-Adams Division I.
Eastern York 8,Delone Catholic 0: At Wrightsville, Morgan Arnold led the Golden Knights to the York-Adams League cross-over victory by scoring three goals and adding one assist. Addison Malone and Lilly Campbell each scored two goals, while Mia Shrom scored one goal and Shae Forry and Kendall Felix each added one assist. Eastern (14-3-0 overall) improved to 11-2-0 in Division III.
South Western 6, Northeastern 0: At Hanover, Caitlyn Coates led the Mustangs to the York-Adams cross-over victory by scoring four goals. Teammate Albanie Hersh scored one goal and added one assist. With the win, South Western (16-1-0 overall) improves to 13-0-0 in Division II.
New Oxford 2, Dallastown 0: At New Oxford, Hannah Zimmer and Carrie Bair had the New Oxford goals. Gabriella Saylor had nine saves for Dallastown and Morgan Scott had nine saves for New Oxford. Dallastown is 8-10 overall and 6-7 in York-Adams Division I. New Oxford is 11-7 overall and 9-4 in Division II.
Red Lion 1, Susquehannock 0: At Glen Rock, the Lions improved to 12-6 overall and 10-3 in York-Adams Division I. Susquehannock fell to 10-7 overall and 8-5 in Division II.
West York 1, Biglerville 0: At West York, the Bulldogs moved to 10-6-2 overall and 6-5-2 in York-Adams Division III.
Kennard-Dale 4, Littlestown 2: At Fawn Grove, the Rams improved to 7-8-1 overall and 5-7-1 in York-Adams Division II.
Kennard-Dale 3, Lancaster Mennonite 1: At Racquet Club West, the Rams captured both doubles matches in straight sets to help them capture the District 3 Class 2-A quarterfinal victory. Julie Rubelmann and Grace Maccarelli won the No. 1 doubles match, while Shannon Fletcher and Victoria Santoriello won the No. 2 doubles match. Teammate Brianna Miller won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets. Kennard-Dale improved to 16-0 and moves on to the semifinals and will face Lancaster Catholic on Tuesday. The site and time of the semifinal have yet to be determined. Lancaster Mennonite finished 10-3.
Dallastown 3, Central Dauphin 2: At Hershey Racquet Club, the Wildcats received straight-set singles victories from Meghan Salaga and Grace Heird. Dallastown's Olivia Krone and Peyton Scarborough won the No. 2 doubles match in three sets. Dallastown improved to 11-3 and moves to the District 3 Class 3-A quarterfinals to face Manheim Township at 4 p.m. Monday at Racquet Club West. Central Dauphin finished 11-4.
Carlisle 3, New Oxford 0: At Hershey Racquet Club, the Colonials dropped all three singles matches in straight sets and dropped the District 3 Class 3-A first-round match. New Oxford finished at 12-6. Carlisle improved to 14-2.
Dallastown 3, Northeastern 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats rolled to 25-12, 25-15, 25-15 triumph. The Wildcats improved to 13-5 overall and 8-3 in York-Adams Division I. Ellie Stump led the Wildcats with nine kills and five digs. Also for Dallastown, Abby Herbert had 22 digs and six aces, Syd Ohl had seven kills and nine digs and Izzy Ream had 23 assists, seven digs and three aces. For the Bobcats, Lauren Kelly had three kills and eight digs, Sadie Shantz had six digs and three kills and Ronni Wolfgang had four kills.
York Catholic 3, Bermudian Springs 0: At York, the Lady Irish improved to 14-1 overall and 10-1 in York-Adams Division III. The Irish were led by Julia Yanick (12 digs), Madeline Walker (28 assists) and Hope Leavy-Gaskins (15 kills, 11 digs).
Spring Grove 3, Dover 0: At Spring Grove, the Rockets won the Division I match, 25-11, 25-19, 25-10. Kaylyn Zeigler led the Rockets with eight kills, six digs and four aces. Also for Spring Grove, Maddie Ruhland had 29 assists, five digs and four aces, while Hailey Wolfe and Rylee Zedek each had eight kills. Spring Grove improved to 11-4 overall and 6-4 in the division.
York Suburban 3, Susquehannock 0: At York, the Trojans improved to 13-2 overall and 11-1 in York-Adams Division II. Suburban was paced by Caitlin Springer (32 assists, seven digs), Eliana Rodgers (eight kills, seven digs), Maddison Perring (12 kills) and Lauren Guyer (17 digs).
West York 3, Eastern York 0: At West York, the Bulldogs improved to 15-1 overall and 12-0 in York-Adams Division II. Eastern fell to 9-7 and 6-6.
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