DOVER — After losing most of his talented defense from a season ago, Susquehannock girls’ soccer coach Pat Brubaker figured that low-scoring games would be few and far between this season.
Brubaker, however, didn’t expect his talented squad to give up two goals over the first 10 minutes of its season opener Thursday, Sept. 7, against York-Adams League Division II rival Dover.
While the Warrior defense may take some time to gel, his offense was in midseason form. Emma Lonas had a career day. The junior scored all four of her team’s goals in the first half to help Susquehannock earn a wild 4-3 triumph over the Eagles.
“That was a strange half,” Brubaker said. “It was what, (2-2) after 10 minutes? I haven’t had a stranger half like that in my couple of years here coaching.”
Strange is a good word for it. All seven goals by both sides were scored in the opening half.
Lonas started it off in the third minute only to see the host Eagles even it up less than two minutes later. Dover’s Kylie Firestone put her team ahead 2-1 in the 10th minute, only to see the Warriors even it up on another Lonas tally a few seconds later.
The Eagles took a 3-2 lead when Kaci Hoppel found the net with 15 minutes left, but Lonas scored two more times just eight minutes apart before the half ended.
“It was exciting,” Brubaker said. “Graduating three defenders … I think that showed. We have three new players playing together for the first time. But after the first 10 minutes of the game we worked out some of the kinks and they really stepped up.”
Led by returning Division II Player of the Year Taylor Tannura, the Warriors shouldn’t be hurting for scoring chances. When they applied pressure to the Dover defense, they generated prime opportunities for their attack.
Dover coach Bret Altimore took notice.
“Credit to Susquehannock for pressuring us,” Altimore said. “And their pressure caused a few goals.”
If Lonas can continue to find ways to put the ball into the net it will give Brubaker a chance to relax a bit on the sidelines.
“She really took advantage of her opportunities,” Brubaker said. “I’m sure that four is her all-time high, but it was such a blur there with us getting scored on and scoring. I’m really going to have to watch the tape of this one.”
Thursday’s clash was but one game in what both coaches are hoping will be very long seasons. While neither expects a high-scoring affair the next time they meet, both coaches believe that Division II will be up for grabs.
“Susquehannock is a very capable team,” Altimore said. “And Gettysburg is good. I just watched West York earlier today and even though they lost to York Suburban 1-0, West York looked good. So I think it could be anybody’s division this year.”
"It’s going to be wide open,” he said. “I think this game is emblematic of that. I’ve heard that everybody is better.”
Dallastown 1, South Western 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats prevailed thanks to a goal from the penalty spot by Carsyn Gold. The game was evenly played, with both teams putting 10 shots on goal.
Littlestown 5, York Catholic 2: At York Catholic, Brayden Ball scored two goals and added an assist in leading the Thunderbolts. Littlestown’s Madison Montgomery also scored a pair of goals.
Northeastern 6, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, Amanda Bentz led the Bobcats by scoring two goals and adding one assist. Amanda Leisses, Trinity Schraudner and Katie Snelbaker each scored one goal and added one assist. The Bobcats held the Golden Knights to just one shot on goal.
Gettysburg 2, Kennard-Dale 1, OT: At Gettysburg, the Warriors needed overtime to take downs the Rams. Cade Wilhelm netted his second goal of the night for Gettysburg six minutes into OT. K-D’s Kevin Avalos opened the game’s scoring early in the contest.
Susquehannock 5, Dover 1: At Glen Rock, the Warriors scored four times in the second half. Nolan Holloway, Jason Weger, Connor Dills, David Muriel-Diaz and Zach Buchanan collected the Susquehannock goals. Dover’s only tally came from Charles Ezibe.
York Catholic 5, Littlestown 0: At Littlestown, Tate Kibler scored a pair of goals and teammate Seth Falvey added a goal and an assist for the Irish. Ethan Higgins made nine saves to record the shutout in goal for York Catholic.
Central York 4, Spring Grove 1: At Central York, Carter Mummert led the Panthers by scoring two goals and adding one assist. Also for Central, Trace Becker scored one goal and added one assist, while Alex McNair added one assist and Nick Starr scored one goal. For the Rockets, Brandt Aughenbaugh scored one goal.
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