GIRLS' SOCCER: Dallastown cruises past Northeastern
- Natalie Gettle scored a pair of goals for the Wildcats.
- Lillian Jamison added a pair of assists for Dallastown.
- The Wildcats improved to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in York-Adams Division I.
Like most teams, the Dallastown girls’ soccer program used the early part of its schedule to test itself against teams it might face come district playoff time.
However, that didn’t help the Wildcats' overall record. They dropped three of four games against non-league teams to start the season.
The experience gained, though, has begun to pay dividends now that the team is in the midst of its York-Adams League Division I slate.
Using a stout defensive effort, Dallastown was able to pick up a 5-0 victory against visiting Northeastern on Tuesday afternoon.
“We started a little slow, we stacked the schedule early on to make it a little more challenging to find out how we’ll fit with the rest of the district,” Dallastown coach Scott Austin said. “Now that we’re back in York-Adams play, I’m confident with the way the girls are playing, especially tonight.”
Each time it seemed Northeastern (1-3 overall, 0-2 Division I) was about to mount an attack, the Wildcats defense was there to squash the opportunity.
The unit also helped Dallastown (3-3 overall, 2-0 Division I) maintain possession for large portions of the game, making it an easy night for goalie Allison Hameier. Hameier recorded a pair of saves in earning the shutout.
“Solid defense,” Austin replied when asked to assess the group’s performance. “We’ve been solid on ‘D’ for years. We’ve got three seniors in the back with a sophomore and they do an outstanding job for me.”
The biggest threats from the Bobcats came in about a two-minute span midway through the first half. Unable to break the Wildcats' defensive pressure early, Northeastern began chipping the ball deep and letting speedy forward Brittany Arentz get behind the defense. Both times Arentz got free, her shot attempt just missed the goal wide. Her second attempt, the closest of all, beat Hameier before rolling just past the bottom right corner of the goal. The Bobcats produced few attempts as good as those the rest of the way.
Natalie Gettle scored a pair of goals and Hannah Larson added a pair of assists to lead the Wildcats.
The Wildcats opened the game's scoring when Lillian Jamison raced down the right side of the field before a well-placed pass across the field found the foot of Skyler Wilt. Wilt collected the pass, made a quick move on her defender and beat the Bobcats keeper in the 37th minute of the first half.
In the second half, with the Wildcats ahead 2-0, a very similar scene played out. This time, it was Larson who beat her defender down the right side before another crossing pass. This one was to Jordan Leese, who drilled home Dallastown’s third goal of the game on the assist's first bounce.
Carsyn Gold also scored for Dallastown.
The more experience Austin can get his team, the better. Dallastown starts only four seniors, and according to Austin is a deep team, but a young one.
“I’m happy with what we have upcoming,” Austin said. “I can pull anyone off the bench, I got 11 starters, only four of which are seniors, and I literally can mix that with 16-18 girls at any time and get lots of different formations.”
The Wildcats will continue their division slate with a trip to New Oxford on Thursday. Next up for the Bobcats is a trip to Spring Grove on the same day.
Delone Catholic 5, York Catholic 3: At York, the Squirettes earned their first-ever win over the Fighting Irish in nine match-ups, scoring four second-half goals to earn the win. The game also pitted two teams that entered the day 2-0 in York-Adams Division III, so Delone now sits alone atop the division. Cayla Aquino scored twice and added an assist for Delone, while Courtney Nattans had a goal and assist for York Catholic.
Susquehannock 4, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, Carly Attig, Yuilia Houseal, Maddie Stone and Taylor Tannura scored Susquehannock's goals. Kennard-Dale only managed one shot on goal, while keeper Alexia Youngblood made nine saves.
Dover 3, Eastern York 2: At Dover, Kylie Firestone scored the game-winning goal with 7:58 left to play and the Eagles held on for the win. Eastern’s Anna Doughterty scored a pair of goals to start the second half, making it 2-2 before Firestone’s tally. Mariah Eschelman and Libby McKeever each scored a goal in the first half for the Eagles.
Gettysburg 6, West York 4: At West York, Grace Floreck notched a hat trick to lead the visitors to victory. Allie Becker recorded a goal and an assist for West York.
Harrisburg Christian 7, Christian School of York 3: At Harrisburg Christian, Anna Cardillo scored five goals to lead the home team. CSY was paced by two goals and an assist from Kendis Butler.
Spring Grove 2, South Western 1: At Spring Grove, Abby Erlemeier’s goal in the 69th minute proved to be the difference for the Rockets. Charlotte Samer scored early in the first half to put Spring Grove ahead, 1-0, before the Mustangs' Samantha Trone tied the game seven minutes later.
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