The Dallastown and Susquehannock boys' soccer teams each earned early-season statement victories on Saturday.
Dallastown captured a 3-2 triumph at Lower Dauphin in the semifinals of the Keystone Cup tournament. The Falcons just happen to be the two-time defending PIAA Class 3-A state champions.
Susquehannock, meanwhile, earned a 1-0 overtime victory at Central York. The Panthers are a traditional York-Adams League power who have won five straight York-Adams League Division I championships.
In Dallastown's win over Lower Dauphin, the Falcons took a 1-0 lead into halftime before Dallastown exploded for three straight second-half goals to take a 3-1 lead. Lower Dauphin scored again with just more than 11 minutes left in the match, but the Wildcats held on for the victory.
Kyle Behlert scored twice for Dallastown, while Cole Larson had the Wildcats' other score. Bennett Pitzer and Jaiden Lisbond each added an assist for Dallastown.
The Wildcats held an 8-6 edge in shots on goal, while Lower Dauphin held an 8-1 edge in corners.
Brandon Hole and Gavin Connors each had two saves for Dallastown in goal. Hole had a save on a penalty kick in the 41st minute of the first half.
The Wildcats will now face Hempfield for the Keystone Cup championship on Saturday, Sept. 22, at a site to be determined. Hempfield beat Gov. Mifflin in the other Keystone Cup semifinal on Saturday, 4-1.
Dallastown is 3-0 on the season, while Lower Dauphin fell to 2-1.
The Wildcats also won the JV match, 1-0.
Warriors' win: In Susquehannock's victory over Central, Greyson Murray collected the game's only score in the first OT, with an assist from Ben Wilson.
Griffin Kaiter have five saves to register the shutout and get the win in goal. Brian Ponce had five saves for Central.
Susquehannock improved to 3-1 overall, which includes an impressive 3-0 victory over Gettysburg on Thursday evening. The York County Warriors and the Adams County Warriors are traditionally two of the top programs in the York-Adams League.
Susquehannock is the defending Y-A playoff and Y-A Division II champion. Gettysburg won the Y-A playoff titles in 2015 and 2016. Susquehannock's only loss this season was a 2-1 setback to Central Dauphin to open the season.
Central fell to 2-2
Central took the JV contest, 2-1.
Reach Steve Heiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.