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Ryan Vandersloot
The York Dispatch

GLEN ROCK — It just wouldn’t be the same if the annual York-Adams League girls’ soccer senior all-star game was canceled.

Spring Grove's Bridgette Wentz (24), heads the ball while being defended by Susquehannock players Kelsey McCullough (12) and Yulia Houseal (22), during the first half of a YAIAA Girls Seniors Soccer All-Stars game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at Susquehannock High School. Amanda J. Cain photo

That almost became a reality just a few weeks ago. Several schools could not host the event that pits seniors from Divisions I, II and III against one another.

Fortunately Susquehannock coach Pat Brubaker stepped up at the last minute to make a huge save. As a result the girls from around the league gathered Thursday evening in Glen Rock for one final night of fun before their high school soccer careers concluded.

The team made up of mostly players from Division I schools with several Division III teams mixed edged the team made up of mostly Division II schools by a 1-0 margin.

The result, however, was secondary on a special night for girls’ soccer in the area. In addition to the contest, many of the girls were excited and will be rooting for Fairfield Friday morning as it goes for the PIAA 1-A title.

“This was a lot of fun,” said Dallastown’s Natalie Gettle. “Just fun to be with all the girls and get a chance to play together.”

Perhaps a bit of surprise to some, Gettle actually enjoyed the chance to play with some of the girls from Central York that she’s competed against over her four years at Dallastown.

“Central is always a big rival to Dallastown, so getting the chance to play with those girls was kind of neat,” she said. “It was fun to get to work together.”

The Panthers, who finished third in the Division I standings, actually won the York-Adams League title after defeating Fairfield by a 1-0 margin. That victory over the Green Knights was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect season for the Division III champs.

YAIAA Girls Seniors Soccer All-Stars game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at Susquehannock High School. Amanda J. Cain photo

Gettle, however, was not surprised to see Fairfield make it all the way to the state final Friday at Hershey. Her team was soundly routed by the Green Knights by a 5-1 score in the league semifinals.

“They’re a really good team,” Gettle said. “They beat us pretty good in counties so they deserve to be where they are. I’m not surprised at all…they’re solid.”

Gettle registered an assist on the lone goal of the night. The Wildcat senior, however, hasn’t seen the last of her soccer career as she plans on playing next season at West Chester University.

Irish player will be rooting for Knights Friday: One team that was very familiar with the Green Knights was rival York Catholic.

The Irish lost to Fairfield three times during the season, including the District 3-A title game. But York Catholic came the closest of any team, excluding Central, to knocking off the Knights this season. They fell by a 5-4 decision in a game in which Fairfield scored the game-winning goal with less than 10 seconds left.

“I think that they are a great team,“ said York Catholic senior MaCayla Welsh. “I wish they would have won counties so they could say that they won counties, districts and states.”

Paige Linden (20) of York Suburban corales the ball during the York-Adams League Senior All-Star Game at Susquehannock High School on Thursday night.  Amanda J. Cain photo

While Welsh admits that she will try to sneak in score updates from the Fairfield game during school Friday, she was also thrilled to play one more game with her teammate Melanie Matthews. The two posed for many pictures on the field at the conclusion of Thursday’s contest.

“We didn’t know if we were going to be on the same team again or not,” Welsh said. “This was like the last time together for the ‘dynamic duo’, which is what they called us in the newspaper that one time.”

Fairfield honored with sportsmanship award: While none of the Fairfield players participated in the contest due to playing in Friday’s title contest Shady Side Academy at 11 a.m., the Green Knights were still a highlight of the festivities. Coach Phomma Phanhthy was on hand to accept the league’s sportsmanship award during halftime.

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