SOCCER: D-I boys' powers Central, Dallastown end in tie
- Central York and Dallastown battled to a scoreless tie on Thursday night.
- Both teams are now 5-0-1 in division action this season.
- The two teams will meet again on Oct. 13 in Dallastown.
EMIGSVILLE — The intense boys' soccer rivalry between Dallastown and Central York hasn’t exactly been kind to the Wildcats over the past several seasons.
While Dallastown has played the Panthers tight in nearly all of their showdowns, they haven't come away with a decisive victory recently.
Coach Matt Zimmerman’s club had its mind set on changing that when the two top teams in York-Adams League Division I squared off at Central York High School Thursday evening.
To Dallastown’s credit, the Wildcats came away with a result that had to be considered a positive. While it wasn’t the best-case scenario, the Wildcats battled the Panthers to a scoreless tie after regulation and two overtime periods.
The result, however, didn’t change things in the standings. Both clubs moved to 5-0-1 in the division.
“I think the past two years we’ve been in this same position,” Zimmerman said. “We finish up the (schedule) with Central and it’s typically two confident teams going at one another.”
Both sides had their chances to score. The Panthers had a header shot deflect off the crossbar late in regulation. The Wildcats nearly won the game late in the first overtime. In both instances it was just a matter of inches between a goal and miss.
“It was an exciting game, for sure,” Zimmerman said. “I would have like to see us put one away, but it didn’t happen. Got a few more gray hairs though.”
While Dallastown would have been thrilled to earn a full three points Thursday, the result was a small step toward that outcome down the road. It’s hard to call it a "rivalry" if the one side ends up winning all the games.
“My seniors … this is the first time they’ve ever earned a point against Central,” Zimmerman said. “Here, there (at home) or anywhere. We’ve always lost to Central and this tie … it’s a nice step for us.”
The end result was probably just as good for the Panthers. After three years of domination that saw Coach Frank Lenno’s club advance to the PIAA playoffs each season, Central is still trying to figure out some things this season.
“Overall I’m extremely proud of my guys,” Lenno said. “I’m still trying to get our guys to buy into our system, and that if they do the kind of things that they are taught and are capable of doing, that they can play with anybody. We have some seniors, but we’re young in experience. And some of the guys have been stepping up and we’re really proud.”
These two teams, which each finished with seven shots on goal Thursday, will wrap up the regular season on Oct. 13 at Dallastown. The result of that showdown very well could decide which side claims the division title.
Zimmerman sounded cautiously optimistic about that rematch.
“They have got to come to our place to play us,” he said. “And that’s got to be tough for them.”
Spring Grove 2, Northeastern 0: At Spring Grove, the Rockets received a goal apiece from Collin Ruby and Brant Augenbaugh. Jakob Hinson added an assist, while Trevor Kern made 11 stops in goal to record the shutout.
York Catholic 2, Fairfield 0: At York Catholic, the Irish scored once in each half to down the Green Knights at home. Nick Santamaria and Seth Falvey each scored for Catholic, while Falvey also added an assist.
West York 1, Red Lion 0 (2OT): At West York, the Bulldogs scored the only goal of the match in the second overtime to down the Lions. Aidan Clark scored the winner for West York less than three minutes into the second extra frame. Cameron Goodling made 13 saves for the Bulldogs.
Gettysburg 6, Dover 0: At Gettysburg, six different players scored for the home team: Fernando Carrillo, Logan Carbaugh, Cade Wilhelm, Drew Wivell, Matt Yingling and Jeremy Allinger. Carrillo also had two assists.
Central York 2, Dallastown 0: At Dallastown, the Panthers handed the Wildcats their first York-Adams Division I loss of the year, scoring twice in the second half to earn the victory. Breanna Sgrignoli and Chloe Carns scored for Central, while keeper Rachel Szczypinski made 13 saves. Dallastown outshot the Panthers, 15-4. Central fell to 5-1 in the division. Central improved to 3-3.
Fairfield 13, York Catholic 0: At Fairfield, Nora Clarke led the Green Knights to the home victory by scoring four goals and adding one assist. For the Irish, Amelia Strayer made 19 saves. Fairfield remained unbeaten in York-Adams Division III at 6-0. The Irish are 4-2 in the division.
Northeastern 6, Spring Grove 0: At Manchester, Brittany Arentz led the Bobcats by scoring four goals and adding two assists. Amanda Bentz had two assists, while Abby Zimmerman and Amanda Leisses each scored one goal, and Gabby Versace and Abby Osborn each added one assist. The Bobcats held the Rockets to two shots on goal.
Gettysburg 3, Dover 1: At Dover, the visitors came away with the win. Nicole Intile-Suggs scored twice for Gettysburg. Kylie Firestone scored Dover's goals.
Red Lion 5, West York 0: At Red Lion, the home team rolled to the non-league triumph. No other details were reported.
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