With an upset loss in the York-Adams League playoffs well in its rear-view window, Central York proved it’s rebounded quite nicely and ready for more postseason play on Tuesday night, Oct. 24.
The Panthers, who were stunned by West York in the league playoffs, cruised to a 5-1 victory over league rival Dallastown in the first round of the District 3 Class 4-A boys' soccer tournament at Central. The victory sends the No. 1-seeded Panthers into the quarterfinals against No. 9 seed Cumberland Valley (11-7) on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. CV beat No. 8 seed Warwick (11-6-2) on Tuesday, 2-1.
“I think these guys understand what they’re capable of,” Central coach Frank Lenno said. “They were motivated and rested for nine days, so maybe the loss in counties was a blessing.”
The Panthers (19-2) certainly played that way, scoring four times in the first half to take a 4-0 advantage after the first 40 minutes. Leading the way was senior midfielder Danny Horner, who tallied Central’s first two goals.
The first came on a header following a corner kick by Carter Mummert placed in front of the Dallastown net. Horner’s goal came at the 29:13 mark. Thirteen minutes later, Horner scored again when he got control just in front of the Wildcats’ net.
“We were motivated from the get-go tonight,” Horner said. “We were obviously not happy with the way counties went, but there were reasons why we lost to West York. We had some injuries and had to play people out of their normal positions.”
“We had a 48-hour period of unforeseen health problems before that West York game,” he said. “It was a tough situation.
“Tonight, we told the team 'don’t let off the gas, keep scoring' and because of that, we were able to play a lot of people.”
Central made it 3-0 on Trace Becker’s penalty goal at the 2:31 mark and just 49 seconds later, Mummert added a goal with an assist from Becker.
For the half, Central had eight shots and four corners to Dallastown’s two shots and two corners.
Becker made it 5-0 at the 31:55 mark of the second half before Cade Curran scored for the Wildcats three minutes later.
“We knew what we were getting into,” Dallastown coach Matt Zimmerman said. “They were the No. 1 seed and we were the No. 16 seed.
“We would have had to play a perfect game and they would have had to have an off game. But I’m pleased with our effort. The kids played hard, didn’t give up, and we had a real nice goal there in the second half.”
Dallastown finished its season at 7-10-1.
Trinity 4, Eastern York 1: At Shiremanstown, No. 9 seed Eastern saw its season end with a District 3 Class 2-A first-round loss to No. 8 seed Trinity. The Golden Knights' only goal came on a direct kick by Karter Hinkle. Eastern finished at 5-12-2. Trinity improved to 12-7.
Central York 1, Hempfield 0: At Hempfield, Bre Sgrignoli scored a second-half goal to break a 0-0 deadlock in a District 3 Class 4-A first-round contest. Rachel Szczypinski made five stops in goal to record the shutout. No. 10 seed Central (17-4-1) moves on to the quarterfinals and will face No. 2 seed Central Dauphin (16-3) on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. Central Dauphin beat No. 15 seed Cedar Cliff (8-10-1) 5-2 in its first-round match. No. 7 seed Hempfield finishes 14-5-1.
Ephrata 6, Dallastown 0: At Ephrata, the Wildcats' season came to an end with a District 3 Class 4-A first-round setback. No. 11 seed Dallastown finished 10-6-3. No. 6 seed Ephrata improved to 19-2.
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