DALLASTOWN — Jeri Myers probably knows her Dallastown High School field hockey players better than they know themselves.
So when many of them were feeling a little uptight as the Wildcats headed into overtime against rival Central York Monday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium, Myers had confidence in her team.
She knew what they could do.
They just had to do it.
And they did.
After killing off a five-minute penalty early in the extra session, the home team earned a penalty corner with just under six minutes left on the clock. After the initial pass to the top of the key, it only took another pass for the ball to find the stick of Camryn Eveler.
Just a sophomore, Eveler demonstrated poise beyond her years — something that her coach believed she possessed. She ripped a shot past the Panthers' goalie and a defender. Eveler’s second tally of the game allowed the Wildcats (10-4 overall) to earn a pivotal 2-1 triumph.
“Lily (Canatbene) passed it to Cassie (Beeler) who passed it to me and I shot it in,” said Eveler, who gave her team the lead with under a minute left before halftime. “It was just awesome.”
Tie for first: Eveler’s big day came at a great time. The Wildcats moved into a first-place tie with the Panthers atop the York-Adams League Division I standings with 8-1 division records.
“We had to win it for Coach Myers,” Eveler said.
Myers, who now has 508 career victories, felt that the true reason for her team’s triumph Monday was her players — specifically her seniors.
“I think what really happened here today is that our seniors really wanted this,” Myers said. “Now you can only buy so much into what the coach wants, but when the seniors are in the huddle (before overtime) saying that ‘we can win this game,’ I just think that everyone else jumps on the bandwagon. And that gets the seniors fired up, but also the sophomores and the juniors.”
The fact that it was Eveler, who has stepped up to become one of the team’s top goal scorers this season, only proves Myers’ point.
“Camryn is always out here everyday practicing and shooting and doing different things,” Myers said. “Other girls ask what they have to do to get into the starting position and I just say ‘do what Camryn’s doing.’ And she’s just a sophomore and Lily is only a freshman. So a couple of young bucks, but our seniors wanted it more today.”
Goalie comes up big: One of those seniors was goalie Piper Glattacker. With the Wildcats facing a man-down situation in overtime, Glattacker came up with several big kick saves to keep her team alive.
“Piper did make some big saves,” Myers said. “But it was a total team effort.”
One of the best motivators in any high school sport in the York-Adams area, Myers pulled out the flash card that was picked before Monday’s contest to showcase that words sometimes turn into actions.
“Always make it a total team effort when the odds are against you,” it said.
Playing a man-down in overtime against a team that already scored a 2-1 triumph over Dallastown earlier in the year, Myers just had to remind her club of what the card said.
And she had to have faith.
And she did.
“I saw two of my rookie varsity players just dig deep,” she said. “But I saw them both mature into gutsy varsity players.”
Abby Lamison scored Central’s goal with just more than 10 minutes left in regulation to even the score. Central is 9-5 overall.
South Western 4, Susquehannock 2: At Hanover, Kat Study (goal, two assists) and Caitlyn Coates (two goals) powered the Mustangs (10-3 overall, 7-2 in York-Adams Division II). Lauryn Wojcik had both Susquehannock goals. Meghan Adams made six saves for the Warriors (7-6 overall, 5-4 in D-II). The JV match ended 1-1.
Exeter 8, Red Lion 0: The Lions dropped a nonleague contest to unbeaten Berks County power Exeter, which improved to 14-0. Red Lion fell to 9-5. Ali Anderson and Allie Warren combined for 10 Red Lion saves. Red Lion won the JV match, 2-1.
Spring Grove 2, Northeastern 1: At Spring Grove, Lindsay Snyder's goal at the 7:23 mark of the second half broke a 1-1 tie to clinch the match for the Rockets. Chloe Makibbin scored Spring Grove's first goal, while Lauren Guise added one assist. For the Bobcats, Sloan Shover scored a second-half goal.
York Suburban 1, Dover 0: At Dover, Caitlyne Mack scored a lone first-half goal and ended up clinching the victory for the Trojans. Kathryn Snyder added an assist. Trojans goalie Emma Bessemer made four saves to record the shutout. Dover won the JV match, 1-0.
Bermudian Springs 2, Eastern York 1, OT: At Wrightsville, Addison Malone scored Eastern's goal off an assist from Lily Campbell. Eastern's Kelsey Felix made six saves in goal. The JV match ended 0-0.
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