MANCHESTER – The Susquehannock boys’ soccer team is looking forward to seeing a team they haven’t faced already this season.
After two York-Adams League Division II contests against each of their divisional foes, the Warriors were presented with a chance to take on Central York in the quarterfinals of the Y-A playoffs.
The Panthers, who finished third in Division I, were yet another team that coach Brett Maxwell’s club had already played once this season. The first contest was a relatively easy 4-2 triumph for the unbeaten Warriors.
The second go-round, however, was anything but a cakewalk. The Panthers packed it in defensively in an effort to thrwart a gifted Susquehannock attack. And after getting the game’s first goal on a corner kick, the CY boys were able to play with the lead.
A late penalty in the box with 1 minute, 42 seconds left on the clock, however, gave Maxwell and his team a chance to even the score.
Greyson Murray made sure that happened with a rocket tally to even it up at 1-1.
After neither side was able to score in the two 15-minute overtimes, the contest was decided by penalty kicks. Murray, who kicked first for the Warriors, put his team ahead. Fallou Cisse made it 2-0 before John Lippy sealed a 3-1 edge in the PKs to help Susquehannock advance to the league semifinals.
The Warriors (17-0-2) will get to face York Catholic (16-3) in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastern York. Unlike much of the season so far, however, the Susquehannock boys will be happy to see an Irish side they have not faced this year.
“I’m excited that we won’t have to play someone that we’ve seen already,” Maxwell said only somewhat jokingly. “I’m kind of sick of playing the same teams.”
Koval stands tall for Warriors: While the Warriors won it with their goals in the PK session, it was goalie Nick Koval who really stood tall. The Susquehannock goalie saved two of the three CY shots he faced to allow Lippy to win it in the fourth round.
“Nick really stepped up,” Maxwell said. “He really stepped it up as the year moved along and he’s playing at a really high level.”
While PKs are reserved for playoff time, Maxwell gave his goalie a solid bit of advice heading into the session.
“Coach told me to just make one save and give us a chance,” Koval said. “And I got that first one.”
Koval also prevented a goal on the second shot with the help of the crossbar, helping his team to a 2-0 lead after two rounds.
“Just make one save,” Koval said. “And when I made that first one I knew that we could win it.”
Missed opportunites: While Maxwell was pleased with his goalie’s effort, he was not too happy that the game found its way to OT in the first place.
“We didn’t do what we had to do at the start of the game,” Maxwell said. “Our stats had us outshooting them 17-2, so we definitely had the better of the play. And we missed a couple of really good chances early.
“We hit three posts in the first half and missed two sitters in the first half. If we put those away and we don’t give up a goal on a set piece, which is something we work on all the time, and we could have run away with this one.”
The Panthers took the lead with 16 minutes left in the first half on a goal by Tommy Elder. That play came off a corner kick, which is the set piece that drew Maxwell’s ire.
OTHER BOYS' SOCCER
West York 2, Biglerville 1, 2-OT: At Dallastown, the Bulldogs rallied from a 1-0 hole to earn the double-overtime triumph in a Y-A quarterfinal. Danny Chavarria's first-half goal gave Biglerville the lead. West York's Noah Murray got the equalizer in the second half. Jake Altimore's breakaway goal with 4:30 left in the second OT gave West York the win. The Bulldogs (11-5-2) will now face Dallastown in a league semifinal at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Northeastern. Biglerville fell to 17-2.
Dallastown 2, York Suburban 0: At Red Lion, the the Y-A D-I champion Wildcats improved to 18-0 behind goals from Mitchell Groh and Matteo Conigliaro. Suburban fell to 12-5-2. The Wildcats have now given up just seven goals on the season.
York Catholic 1, Northeastern 0, OT: At Glen Rock, the Fighting Irish broke a scoreless tie with an overtime goal to move to the Y-A playoff semifinals. York Catholic improved to 16-3, while Northeastern dropped to 11-7-1. Jon Yinger scored the game's only goal, assisted by Sean Lavallee with 4:45 left in the first overtime.
York High 8, Delone Catholic 0: At York, Jeremy Garcia and Brayon Rivero each scored twice to lead York to the regular-season win.
Central York 5, York Suburban 0: At Red Lion, the Division I champion Panthers cruised to the win in a Y-A quarterfinal. Central improved to 13-3-1. Suburban fell to 12-7. In the league semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Northeastern, Central will take on Fairfield.
Northeastern 1, Biglerville 0: At Glen Rock, the Bobcats scored a second-half goal to break the scoreless tie and advance to the Y-A semifinals. Northeastern improved to 13-5-1, while Biglerville fell to 12-5-1. Northeastern will face Gettysburg in the league semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Eastern York. Katie Snelbaker scored the game's only goal, assisted by Megan Elzinga. Katie Shearer had three saves to record the shutout.
Gettysburg 2, Red Lion 0: At Dallastown, Lora Bertram and Alivia Colgan scored the goals to lead Gettysburg to the Y-A quarterfinal triumph. Gettysburg improved to 13-3-1. Red Lion dropped to 11-6-1.
Fairfield 4, Susquehannock 2: At Manchester, Annabel Anderson scored a hat trick to lead Fairfield to the Y-A quarterfinal win. Milly Heinbaugh also scored for the winners. Emily Rathell and Shelby Derkosh scored the Susquehannock goals. The game was tied 2-2 before Anderson scored two goals 37 seconds apart in the second half. Fairfield improved to 19-0. Susquehannock fell to 9-5-2.
Red Lion 3, Littlestown 0: At Wrightsville, the Lions rolled to a shutout win in a Y-A playoff quarterfinal. Fifth-seeded Red Lion improved to 13-6. Fourth-seeded Littlestown dropped to 13-6. The Lions will face Central York at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal match at Littlestown.
Bermudian Springs 2, Eastern York 0: At Dover, the third-seeded Eagles, grabbed the shutout victory over sixth-seeded Eastern in a Y-A quarterfinal. Bermudian improved to 17-2. Eastern fell to 14-4. Bermudian will meet New Oxford at 7 p.m. Thursday at Littlestown in a semifinal contest. Alyssa Black and Skyler West had the Bermudian goals. Kelsey Felix made six saves for Eastern.
New Oxford 2, South Western 0: At Dover, the Colonials beat a team that had defeated them twice in the regular season to advance to the Y-A playoff semifinals. New Oxford improved to 12-7, while South Western dropped to 16-3. Hannah Zimmer and Leesy Kraus scored for New Oxford.
Central York 2, Susquehannock 0: At Wrightsville, the top-seeded Panthers downed the eighth-seeded Warriors in a Y-A quarterfinal. Central improved to 12-7. Susquehannock fell to 10-8. Central will face Red Lion in the league semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Littlestown.
York Suburban 3, Gettysburg 0: At Suburban, the Trojans rolled to improve to 14-2 overall and 12-1 in York-Adams Division II with a 25-9, 25-14, 25-21 win. Suburban is No. 4 in the District 3 Class 3-A power ratings. Suburban is ranked No. 6 in the state in 3-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Suburban has a showdown with West York on Thursday. The Bulldogs are No. 5 in the 3-A state rankings. West York beat Suburban 3-2 in their previous meeting this season. Caitlin Springer led the Trojans with 27 assists and five digs. Also for Suburban, Lauren Guyer had 15 digs and three aces, while Natalie Sexton and Maddison Perring each had seven kills.
York Catholic 3, York Tech 0: At Spry, the Lady Irish improved to 16-1 overall and 11-1 in York-Adams Division III with the 25-11, 25-14, 25-10 win. York Catholic is No. 2 in the District 3 Class 2-A power ratings. The Irish are ranked No. 3 in the state in 2-A by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Ariyanna Fisher led the Irish individually with four kills and three aces. Also for the Irish, Grace Shelley had five kills and four blocks, Josey McKeon had 13 assists and three digs and Lindsey Beck had six assists and three digs.
South Western 3, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Mustangs moved to 13-2 overall and 10-2 in York-Adams Division I. South Western is No. 4 in the District 3 Class 4-A power ratings. The match scores were 25-10, 25-15, 25-17. Ali St. Rose led the Mustangs with 22 kills and 11 digs. Also for South Western, Emma Filipovits had 13 kills and 23 digs, Jacy Crouse had 33 assists and seven digs and Sarah Nicholl had seven kills. Spring Grove fell to 12-5 overall and 6-5 in the division. Spring Grove's stat leaders were Maddie Ruhland (nine digs, 22 assists, four aces), Kaylyn Zeigler (eight kills, nine digs) and Nevaeh Wolfe (16 digs).
Central York 3, Dover 0: At Central York, the Panthers won the match, 25-7, 25-16, 25-23. Alexa Shorts led the Panthers individually with three aces, five kills and seven digs. Also for Central, Sydnie Johnson had eight kills, Jenna Arganbright had six kills and five digs and Abbey Stiffler had 11 assists and three aces. Central York improved to 11-1 overall and 10-1 in York-Adams Division I.
Kennard-Dale 3, Eastern York 1: At Wrightsville, the Rams won the York-Adams League Division II match, 20-25, 26-24, 25-21, 28-26. No Rams statistics were available. For the Golden Knights, Sarah Moore had 19 kills, 21 digs and four aces, while A.J. Waltemyer had 15 kills and 22 digs and Madi Shimmel had 18 assists, three aces and four digs.
Northeastern 3, Red Lion 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats triumphed, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20. The Northeastern stat leaders were Lauren Kelly (11 kills, 12 digs), Marissa Kipp (23 digs), Sadie Schantz (10 kills, seven digs), Ronni Wolfgang (seven kills) and Jade Shellenberger (35 assists). Red Lion was led by Katie Thompson (nine kills, 11 digs), Julia Beiler (seven kills, four blocks) and Riley Good (21 assists, eight digs).
West York 3, York High 0: At York High, the Bulldogs cruised to a 25-9, 25-3, 25-6 triumph to improve to 17-1 overall and 13-0 in York-Adams Division II. The Bulldogs are No. 3 in the District 3 Class 3-A power ratings.
Lancaster Catholic 3, Kennard-Dale 0: At Hershey Racquet Club, the second-seeded Rams were unable to pick up any victories in their District 3 Class 3-AA semifinal and fell to the third-seeded Crusaders (15-1). K-D is now 16-1 and will play top-seeded Wyomissing (12-1) in the third-place match on Thursday at HRC at 2:30 p.m. The winner earns a state berth. Fourth-seeded Hamburg (15-1) beat Wyomissing in the other semifinal, 3-2. Hamburg faces Lancaster Catholic for the district title at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at HRC.
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