Success in soccer doesn’t come without an element of precision.
Sometimes, that precision manifests itself in being at the right place at the right time.
Bookend goals from Jake Broederdorf on Thursday, Sept. 21, served as a prime example of that, helping Central York (8-1-0, 5-0-0 York-Adams Division I) cruise to a 4-1 boys’ soccer victory at Dallastown (2-5-0, 2-3-0) on Thursday.
“I definitely think Carter (Mummert) brought a lot to the table,” Broederdorf said. “If it wasn’t for his hard work up top, it definitely wouldn’t have been there. I think a lot of our offense is very productive and we play well as a team.”
The finest illustration of Mummert’s efforts came on the Panthers' fourth goal of the day.
Central advanced the ball with a towering pass down the middle of the field. Mummert was able to beat his defender and head the ball further up field.
From there, a game of cat and mouse ensued outside the box between the Panthers senior forward and Dallastown keeper Brandon Hole.
A patient series of moves by Mummert ended with Hole going the ground in an effort the smother the ball. During their battle, Broederdorf was able to get loose, streak down the center of the field and call for the ball.
Mummert responded by placing a pass right on Broederdorf’s foot. He slammed home the game’s final goal midway through the second half.
The Panthers got the scoring started when Zack Mummert raced the ball down the left side of the field before making a sharp turn inside and firing a shot at Hole. The Wildcats’ keeper dove to his left before getting a piece of the shot.
However, the rebound went right to Broederdorf, who had planted himself near the right corner of the net. The rest was easy for the senior forward and Central had a 1-0 lead with about 14 minutes left in the first half.
“Our effort was really good,” Panthers head coach Frank Lenno said. “I don’t think we had the best game technically. We were a little sloppy on the ball. But at the end of the day, we finished off the chances that we had. We had some beautiful finishes.”
Zack Mummert earned a marker of his own with a great effort midway through the second half. The junior forward won a long footrace with his defender before collecting the ball and ripping cross-body shot just beyond the box.
Hole, having hedged some to his right, was forced to quickly dive back to his left and was unable to catch up with Mummert’s shot.
Trace Becker also scored for Central, while Carter Mummert provided a pair of assists.
Central's Stoll shines in goal: The Wildcats weren’t without their fair share of scoring opportunities. However, Panthers senior goalie Kameron Stoll was able to put himself in perfect position almost every time.
Shortly after Zack Mummert’s goal, Dallastown ratcheted up its aggression and started commanding possession and the scoring chances. With 19 minutes left to play, Keegan Lambertson centered a pass back across the flow of the play to an open Addison Keja.
Keja then fired a shot that seemed destined for the back of the net until Stoll came flying back across the goal in time for the save.
Not long after that, Dallastown’s Zach Trepanier set up Gabe Wunderlich in a similar fashion and Stoll made another diving stop. Stoll finished with six saves, while his counterpart Hole recorded nine.
With their biggest threat squelched, the Panthers closed the scoring two minutes after surviving the Wildcats’ last serious gasp.
Dallastown made things interesting when Lambertson drove a nice shot past Stoll in the lower left corner with 26:40 remaining in the second half. That score pulled the Wildcats within one at 2-1.
Less than three minutes later, however, Zack Mummert’s tally created a comfortable margin for the Panthers.
Red Lion 1, West York 0: At Red Lion, a second-half goal by Dean Haynes was the game's only scoring. Brody Patmore had an assist.
Northeastern 5, Spring Grove 3: At Manchester, the score was tied 3-3 late in the second half, when Alex Afata found the back of the net for the Bobcats at the 10:41 mark to give them the lead for good. For the game, Afata scored two goals and added one assist. Also for Northeastern, D.J. Hamilton recorded a hat trick, while Ryan McElwain and Joel Afata added one assist apiece. For the Rockets, Brayden Ross, Tucker Bolton and Liam Gohn each scored one goal apiece.
Dover 2, Gettysburg 0: At Gettysburg, the Eagles broke a 0-0 halftime score by netting two second-half goals. Maddi Cook scored the first goal at the 18:22 mark, while Kylie Freeman scored the final goal at the 6:28 mark. Teammate Kelsey Gamber made six stops in goal to record the shutout.
Dallastown 1, Central York 0: At Central York, Dinisti Cox found the back of the net at the 5:17 mark of the second half to give the Wildcats the lead and eventual game-winning goal. Teammate Allison Hameier made six stops in goal to record the shutout. For the Panthers, Rachel Szczypinski made 14 saves.
Susquehannock 1, York Suburban 0: At Glen Rock, Taylor Tannura scored with 55 seconds left in the first half and the Warriors defense made it stand up as the winner. Jacqueline Shockey recorded five saves in goal to earn the shutout. Her keeper counterpart, Susquehannock’s Maggie Sisler, also posted five saves.
High Point Baptist 5, Christian School of York 4: At York, the Crusaders trailed 3-1 at the half and just came up short in the comeback attempt. Claire Harbaugh led the Crusaders by scoring two goals and adding two assists. Also for CSY, Kendis Butler scored two goals, while Amani Monroe made 16 stops in goal.
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