SOCCER: Dallastown girls post another impressive win
- Dallastown is now 3-0 in York-Adams Division I action.
- Spring Grove dropped to 3-1 in York-Adams Division I.
- It was Dallastown's second shutout in three days.
In any sport, confidence is key.
It’s an obvious statement, but one that was on full display Thursday at Spring Grove.
An early-season battle of York-Adams Division I contenders saw a contrast of confidence. Dallastown displayed a budding sense of belief in itself as it recorded a dominant 4-0 decision against the Rockets.
It marks the second straight shutout for a Wildcat defense after posting a 5-0 victory against Northeastern on Tuesday.
“We want to put York and Adams County on notice that we are the defending champs,” Dallastown coach Scott Austin said. “We knew coming up last year that we were going to lose some players, so we got players in when we could. We test our JV on a regular basis. That way, when they come up, they’re ready to play. So when I’m up 3-0 I’ve got an opportunity to put in four or five JV players, get them some skill, get them some touches against bigger players. And when they get knocked down, they can learn what the speed of this game is all about.”
Offensively, set pieces proved crucial for Dallastown (4-3, 3-0 Division I). Two of the Wildcats goals were a result of corner kicks.
Skyler Wilt got the game’s scoring started when she headed home a corner kick by Natalie Gettle in the 11th minute of the first half. Ashley Robinson would later add another goal off a Gettle corner in the second half.
The Wildcats would finish with 12 corner kicks to Spring Grove's three.
“Set pieces are always a focus. You can find out that 30 to 40 percent of all goals are scored off set pieces, so we always try to get crosses and corners, no doubt about it,” Austin said.
Dallastown controlled much of the action throughout, but could only muster a trim 1-0 halftime lead thanks to the solid play of Rockets keeper Carlie Marquette. Marquette was tested a number of times in the opening 40 minutes, when the Wildcats held a 9-2 edge in shots.
The Wildcats finished with a 18-6 margin in shots and Marquette would finish with 11 saves.
Allison Hameier stopped four shots in goal for the Wildcats.
Dallastown was able to break through in the second half, adding a pair of goals to their total before an own goal against the Rockets (5-2 overall, 3-1 Division I) provided the game’s final margin. Kali Becker headed home a Jordan Leese pass as part of that run.
Building confidence is going to be crucial if the Rockets want to contend for a division title, according to Spring Grove coach Emily Wryk.
“We’re fine,” Wryk said after the match. “It’s a wide-open division, most of the teams are evenly matched, so every game is a battle. I trust the ability of our team, I feel like were one of the most talented teams in county. We need our girls to believe that, and then we’re good to go.”
The climb up the division ranks doesn’t get much easier for the Rockets. Saturday brings a trip to another top team in Red Lion.
After that, Spring Grove won’t see Papermakers Stadium again for four more contests before finally returning home.
“It doesn’t seem to faze us whether we’re home or away. A game is a game for these girls,” Wryk said. “We have a young team, and they need to believe they’re as good as they are.”
Dover 2, Kennard-Dale 0: At Fawn Grove, after a scoreless first half, Kylie Firestone scored two second-half goals to lead the Eagles. Teammate Alexis Paige made four stops in goal to record the shutout. For the Rams, Alexia Youngblood made 12 stops in goal.
Northeastern 6, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, Amanda Bentz scored a hat trick and Birttany Arentz added a pair of goals to lead Northeastern. Cristal Flores rounded out the Bobcats scoring. Bentz added an assist and teammate Leanne Osman had a pair of assists as well.
York Catholic 4, Bermudian Springs 1: At York Catholic, Melanie Matthews led the Irish to the home victory by scoring two goals. Also for the Irish, Annabella Ebel and Eden Jahn each scored one goal, while Renee Bonner added one assist.
Northern York 1, Central York 0: At Pleasureville, the Panthers were held scoreless by the Polar Bears and then conceded an early second-half goal to lose the defensive affair. Kayla Swope scored less than three minutes into the second half for Northern. Rachel Szczypinski made four saves in goal for Central York.
South Western 3, Red Lion 1: At Hanover, the Mustangs led 2-1 at the half and went on to capture the victory. For the Lions, Abby Castle scored the lone goal.
Susquehannock 1, West York 0: At Glen Rock, Emma Lonas scored the game-winning goal when she found the back of the net with 1:36 remaining in the match to clinch the victory for the Warriors. Hailee Yeager picked up the assist, while Maggie Sisler made four stops in goal. For the Bulldogs, Catie McCarty made 13 stops in goal.
Eastern York 1, York Suburban 0: At Suburban, the Trojans claimed the low-scoring win. No other details were reported.
Dallastown 5, Spring Grove 0: At Dallastown, Drake Pew led the Wildcats by scoring one goal and adding two assists. Also for the Wildcats, Tyler Arnold scored one goal and added one assist, while Carter Miller, Addison Keja and Leo Garcia each scored one goal. Zach Berkley and Dakota Bateman each picked up one assist.
Eastern York 2, York Suburban 1: At Wrightsville, Dalton Leik broke a 1-1 tie when he found the back of the net in the second half to give the Golden Knights the lead for good. Eastern's Brahk Morrison scored the first goal in the match, while Lucas Jowanowitch made five stops in goal to record the win. For the Trojans, Nick Bowman scored a first-half goal.
Central York 3, Northern York 2: At Dillsburg, the Panthers secured the road victory. Carter Luckenbaugh scored all three goals for Central, while the Panthers outshot Northern, 9-4.
Susquehannock 2, West York 0: At West York, Colton Mumley and Joseph Lippy scored goals for the victorious Warriors. Aaron Bilbie needed one save to record the shutout. Cameron Goodling stopped 11 shots in goal for West York.
Northeastern 3, New Oxford 2: At Manchester, on the heels of Hayden Seifert, the Bobcats erased a 2-0 halftime deficit and scored three unanswered goals to upend the Colonials. Seifert scored all three goals for Northeastern in the second half in a 14-minute span. New Oxford got two goals within the game’s first 10 minutes from Manuel Banda and Alexander Garcia-Lua.
Dover 2, Kennard-Dale 1 (OT): At Dover, Cesar Paz scored in overtime to clinch the game for the Eagles. Teammate Devin Heim picked up the assist. The Eagles also received a goal from Cole Wentz and an assist from Zach Noll. For the Rams, Chance Logue scored a goal, while teammate Greg Potts picked up an assist.
Bermudian Springs 1, York Catholic 0 (2OT): At Bermudian Springs, Tyler Kuykendall scored with 1:08 remaining in the second overtime to give the Eagles the victory.
Hanover 3, Fairfield 2: At Fairfield, Hanover earned the York-Adams Division III win. No other details were reported.
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