Kameron Stoll didn't score any goals in Central York's York-Adams Division I soccer clash against Red Lion on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 12.
Stoll, though, prevented a goal with a sparkling save that proved crucial in the Panthers' 2-1 victory.
With the score tied at 1-1 and just one minute remaining in the first half, Central's goalkeeper leaped and deflected a hard drive by Red Lion's Zachary Stambaugh off the crossbar.
"He (Stambaugh) just smacked it right footed," Stoll said. "I was a little bit up on my line, but I took a step back and hit it (the ball) off the crossbar. I heard the ding and I got up (off the ground) as fast as I could."
Stoll's save proved huge for the Panthers, who broke the tie early in the second half on Trace Becker's goal. Nicholas Starr supplied the assist.
"I saw the defender kind of get behind me, and I was like, 'I got to get anything I can on it (the ball),'" Becker said. "To be honest, I didn't think I struck it that well, but I saw it go in, and I kind of just froze."
Becker said the Panthers came out with renewed determination after not playing very well in the first half.
"We knew we had to get more energy at the beginning of the second half," he said.
Red Lion took the initiative at the beginning of the match, seizing a 1-0 lead when Michael Moffit opened the scoring with a goal at the 10:54 mark.
Central, answered with its first goal 7 minutes and 30 seconds later when Jake Broederdorf headed the ball into net.
"That was a great ball from Danny (Horner) from the back on the header," Central head coach Frank Lenno said. "And that was an unbelievable save (by Stoll)."
Lenno said the Panthers are still a work in progress after losing a number of key players from last year's York-Adams Division I title team and are also dealing with some injuries.
"We're still trying to see who will fit all the pieces of the puzzle. At halftime today, we talked about not playing in front of them (the Red Lion players), but playing behind them," Lenno said.
Central enjoyed a height advantage over Red Lion, which emphasizes keeping the ball on the ground.
"We're not going to win a lot of headers," Lions' head coach Michael Watt said. "We try to break teams down with short passes, rather than dumping the ball over the top. You saw that on our goal. It (the ball) came from keeper to our center back, to midfield and up to the striker, who finished the goal."
Dallastown 7, Northeastern 1: At Dallastown, Addison Keja poured in four goals to power the Wildcats. Kyle Reuter, Carmen Ridolfi and Keegan Lambertson also scored for Dallastown, while Lambertson added two assists. Matt Gray, Cole Larson, Matteo Conigliaro and Ridolfi also added assists. Joel Afata scored for Northeastern.
York Catholic 6, Delone Catholic 0: At York, Tate Kibler had a goal and an assist to pace the Irish. Bryan Bullen, Nick Santamaria, Jon Yinger, Gianni Hill and Auggie Weisser also scored. Nick DeMarco, T.J. McGraw, Brian Hand and Philip Jahn also had assists.
Eastern York 2, Dover 1: At Dover, the Golden Knights scored the only goal in the second half, which proved to be the difference. Dalton Leik and Travis Hammonds each scored for Eastern, with Hammonds’ goal in the second half being the winner. Dover’s offense came from Connor Speir, who tied the game at 1-1 shortly before halftime.
Susquehannock 6, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, David Muriel-Diaz scored two goals to lead the Warriors.
Gettysburg 2, West York 0: At West York, Hunter Martin and Cade Wilhelm scored for the Warriors.
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