MANCHESTER — Dallastown boys’ soccer coach Andrew Foust would rather have his team’s play on the field do the talking for him.
And why not?
After rolling to an unbeaten season en route to the York-Adams League Division I title, the Wildcats have certainly stood out on the field.
Thursday evening at Northeastern High School in a Y-A playoff semifinal, Foust and his squad did it again. After allowing West York to take a 1-0 lead late in the first half, the Wildcats quickly responded.
A goal just 84 seconds after the WY boys took the lead evened the score. Then, with just under 90 seconds left in the first half, Kyle Reuter found the net again.
Those two tallies were enough for the Wildcats en route to a 2-1 triumph over the Bulldogs to improve to 19-0 this season.
Dallastown moves on to the championship match at 5 p.m. Saturday at Northeastern against another unbeaten squad in Division II champ Susquehannock. The Warriors cruised to a 4-1 victory over York Catholic in the other league semifinal to improve to 18-0-2 on the season. York Catholic fell to 16-4.
“We’ll talk Saturday,” Foust said after the contest. “I promise.”
Foust has been pretty tight lipped during the season, opting not to speak to the media until his team won something significant. Saturday, the Wildcats will get that chance.
The Bulldogs, who fell to 11-6-2, certainly were no pushovers. Jake Altimore’s goal with 11:54 left in the opening half gave the Bulldogs and their fans something to cheer about.
Those good emotions, however, were short lived. The Dallastown boys game right down the field and scored when Gabe Wunderlich was able to get to a loose ball and knock it past WY goalie Ethan Smyser.
Right before the half, the Division I champs finished off another play after a WY defensive lapse when Reuter found the net.
Those goals came with much chagrin for West York coach Ben Reiber.
“Both goals came after mistakes on our part,” the WY coach said. “And we didn’t win, but we learned that we have to take care of some little things.”
The second half was played to a draw. Neither team really pushed the envelope too much until the Bulldogs tried to make a last-gasp effort in the final moments.
While Reiber certainly wishes that his team would be the one in a position to take on the Warriors for a third time this season, he’s well positioned to give an opinion on the championship contest.
The Wildcats, however, probably won’t be fans of that opinion.
“They (Dallastown) do have some speed and skill,” Reiber said. “But if I was going to compare them against Susquehannock … they’re a really good team, but I think that Susquehannock is really going to take them.”
Central York 2, Fairfield 1, 2-OT: At Manchester, the Panthers rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to earn the win in double overtime in the Y-A semifinal, handing Fairfield its first loss of the season..
Central will now take on Gettysburg in the league title match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Northeastern High School.
Central improved 14-3-1. Fairfield fell to 19-1.
Ava Myers scored the game-winner for Central. Sarah Crusse had Central's other goal. Annabel Anderson scored for Fairfield.
Gettysburg 3, Northeastern 2: At Wrightsville, Gettysburg rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit in the Y-A semifinal playoff match
The Warriors improved to 14-3-1. Northeastern dropped to 13-6-1.
Maddy Gaydon tied the game for Gettysburg and Alivia Colgan scored the game-winner. Grace Floreck also scored for the Warriors.
Katie Snelbaker and Megan Elzinga scored for Northeastern.
Central York 2, Red Lion 1: At Littlestown, the Panthers punched their ticket to the York-Adams League title match with a Y-A semifinal win over their rivals.
Central (13-7) will face Bermudian Springs (18-2) in the title match, set for noon Saturday at Red Lion. Bermudian beat New Oxford 3-0 in the other league semifinal. Red Lion dropped to 13-7, while New Oxford dropped to 12-7.
It was the third meeting of the season between Central and Red Lion. Central won the first match, 5-1, while Red Lion rebounded to win the second contest, 4-2.
Division I champion Central is the tournament's top seed. Division III champion Bermudian is No. 3. Bermudian is the defending champion. Central is looking for the program's first league tournament title.
Bermudian Springs 3, New Oxford 0: At Littlestown, Alyssa Black, Lindsay Kutz and Melanie Beall scored for the Eagles.
Kutz, Hannah Wheeler and Skyler West had assists.
Hannah Wolfe had three saves for the shutout. Morgan Scott had nine saves in a losing cause.
Wyomissing 3, Kennard-Dale 2: At Hershey, the best season in K-D girls' tennis history came to an end with a loss in the District 3 Class 2-A third-place match.
The Rams' season, which included an unbeaten regular season and its first-ever York-Adams Division II crown, ends at 16-2. Wyomissing improved to 14-2 and advanced to the PIAA 2-A state playoffs.
Megan Hawkins at No. 2 and Brianna Serruto at No. 3 each earned 6-2, 6-1 singles wins for the Rams.
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