Yingling's goal lifts Gettysburg over Central York in York-Adams boys' soccer final
GLEN ROCK — At this point in the soccer season, a lot of games will come down to a single goal.
Central York, winners of two-straight York-Adams League boys' soccer titles, found that out the hard way Thursday evening in the 2015 championship contest opposite Gettysburg.
Despite pressuring the Warriors goal for much of the final 65 minutes of action, the Division I champs couldn't find a way to hit the back of the net.
Gettysburg, on the other hand, scored on its first shot, a blast inside the right post by standout Adam Yingling with 27 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half.
Yingling's tally proved to be the only goal that either team would register in what became a 1-0 triumph for the Warriors at Susquehannock High School.
The Warriors remained perfect for the season, improving to 19-0, while the Panthers fell to 19-2.
"As the game progressed, I thought we had a lot of chances," Central York coach Frank Lenno said. "We had the ball a lot."
The Panthers are bound to see more teams like the Warriors — fundamentally strong both offensively and defensively — during the upcoming District 3-AAA playoffs. Lenno and his team are fully aware of that.
"That's how these games go," he said. "It comes down to who's going to bury a ball and they did. They finished. And you're not going to see a better goal and a finish than (Yingling's)."
Yingling's goal was a thing of beauty. Drew Wivell took a centering feed in the box and tapped a pass to Yingling, who ripped a low liner just inside the post. Central goalie Trevor Holderegger was positioned well, but Yingling's shot was placed perfectly.
"No 'keeper is saving that ball," Lenno said. "But Trevor came up big when we needed him. He's been doing it all year."
Panthers have chances: After Yingling's goal, Lenno allowed senior defender Jared Wagner to mark the Warrior senior striker. That move gave the Panthers a chance to focus more on possessing the ball, which they were able to accomplish.
But despite all of the chances, and the eight total shots on net that they produced, the Panthers were unable to sneak one by Gettysburg goalie Yanni Tassou, who made five saves while only playing the second half.
"Sometimes things happen like that," Wagner said. "Soccer is a weird game like that. You can get a lot of shots on goal but none of them go in. Obviously it's a tough loss, but they're a good team."
Tassou made clean saves when pressured, which prevented second and third opportunities — prime scoring chances — for Central. The rest he left up to his three defenders, who cleaned up a couple of other chances throughout the night.
"Those three (backs) are really good," Lenno said.
Looking forward: While the taste of a runner-up finish is not one the Panthers cherish, by any means, they know they can draw on the experience for the upcoming district playoffs.
Wagner, who played on Central's league champion boys' basketball team two years ago, knows that positive things can still happen after falling in the final.
"Two years ago we beat York High in the finals," Wagner said. "But they went on to win districts. So that is kind of what our mind set now has to be going on to districts. This game is now behind us."
For Lenno and his players, the lesson going forward is evident — find the net.
"Chances are extremely important," Lenno said. "When you're in this type of situation, a 1-0 game is probably what it's going to be like from here on out. Possibly 2-1. But a goal — one goal — is so important, especially when teams can defend."
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