SOCCER: Susquehannock girls down rival Dover, 1-0
GLEN ROCK — Coming off an historic season, when the Susquehannock girls’ soccer squad became the first team in school history to advance to the PIAA state tournament, the Warriors are understandably confident heading into the 2016 campaign.
Coach Pat Brubaker, however, has some open spots in his lineup after the graduation of several senior stars from last year. How successful those new starters are will go a long way in telling just how strong the Warriors season will be.
Those newly minted starters got an early test against perennially tough Dover Thursday evening in a York-Adams League Division II clash. After claiming a nip-and-tuck 1-0 triumph, Brubaker and his team were pleased to pass their first big test of the new campaign.
“This is a younger team,” Brubaker said. “The defense is playing great and our new goalkeeper (Maggie Sisler) has really stepped up. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill and Maggie has been doing phenomenally.”
The home-standing Warriors limited the Eagles to just two shots on goal. With several key starters, including Division II Player of the Year Brooke Firestone, having moved on to college, Dover coach Bret Altimore knows that the early part of this season will come with some challenges.
Despite the result, he too was fairly satisfied with his team’s effort.
“They did a good job,” Altimore said. “But we’re still a work in progress. We have to keep working at it.”
Susquehannock scored the game’ s only goal early in the first half when Emma Lonas took a feed from Taylor Tannura before beating Dover goalie Tori Wantz.
Lonas’ game-winner helped the Warriors finally end a three-game winless streak against their rivals.
“We lost to them once and tied both times last year,” Brubaker said. “So it’s been a while since we beat them. Coach Altimore and I kidded that this wasn’t the prettiest game of the year, but anytime we can come out on top of them, I’ll take it.”
The Eagles did find a few chances to pressure Sisler throughout the night, but without the firepower of a 100-goal scorer such as Firestone on the roster, Altimore knows he’s going to need a collective group effort for his team to thrive.
“We have some girls stepping up,” he said. “They’re doing a real nice job, but it’s just going to take some time.”
Dallastown 2, South Western 1: At South Western, Natlie Gettle’s goal with 3:49 left in the second half proved the difference for Dallastown. Skyler Wilt scored on a Lydia Jones assist for the Wildcats’ other goal.
York Suburban 5, West York 1: At Suburban, Roma Williams had two goals and one assist for Suburban, while Julia Chojnacki, Katie Wand and Kiersten Daugherty also scored. Allie Becker had the only goal for West York with Mckenzie Gerrick adding an assist.
Gettysburg 2, Kennard Dale 1: At Gettysburg, Chloe Thoericht scored in a losing cause.
Red Lion 5, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, the Lady Lions cruised to victory. No other details were reported.
York Catholic 4, Littlestown 2: At Littlestown, the Irish doubled up the Lady Bolts. MaCayla Welsh scored three goals for York Catholic.
Spring Grove 3, Central York 1: At Central, the Rockets went on the road to earn the win. Abby Erlemeier scored twice to lead the Rockets. Carlie Marquette made eight saves to get the win in goal.
West York 4, York Suburban 3: At West York, Kenton Meckley completed his hat trick with 42 seconds remaining in the game, sealing the deal for the Bulldogs. Meckley finished with three goals and an assist. Suburban’s Cheikh Cisse scored two-straight second-half goals to put Suburban ahead 2-1.
Red Lion 2, New Oxford 0: At Red Lion, the home team blanked the Colonials. Michael Moffitt and Ben Warner scored for Red Lion, while Warner and Kade Adomanis had assists. Brock Gould made three saves in goal to register the shutout.
Dallastown 6, South Western 1: At Dallastown, the Wildcats pounded the Mustangs behind a hat trick from Tyler Arnold. Drake Pew added a goal and two assists for the winners.
York Catholic 10, Littlestown 1: At York Catholic, the home team crushed the visitors. Nick Bartkowiak (three goals) and Seth Falvey (two goals, assist) led the Irish.
Central York 4, Spring Grove 2: At Spring Grove, the Panthers doubled up the Rockets. No other details were reported.
Northeastern 4, Eastern York 3: At Wrightsville, the Bobcats earned a tight win. No other details were reported.
Gettysburg 4, Kennard-Dale 1: At Fawn Grove, the Warriors triumphed behind a pair of goals from Matt Yingling.
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