The boys' soccer race in Division II of the York-Adams League was tight entering play Thursday.
Defending champion Susquehannock was the only team without a blemish on its division record. Both Gettysburg and York Suburban have two losses, while an up-and-coming West York side entered the day with a 3-1 mark.
After a disappointing loss to Suburban two weeks ago, the Bulldogs have been nothing less than dominating, including a 4-2 victory over Gettysburg, the first-ever triumph over the Warriors in program history. During a four-game winning-streak coming into Thursday’s showdown with Susquehannock, the ‘Dogs had outscored their opponents, 21-3
The defending Division II champs were unable to halt West York’s momentum on the pitch behind the West York Middle School. The hosts grabbed an early lead on a goal by Aiden Clark before striking twice in a span of 42 seconds early in the second half en route to a 4-2 triumph.
West York is now 7-1 overall and 4-1 in D-II, while the Warriors fell to 8-2 and 4-1. They are tied for first place.
“Coach (Brett) Maxwell is a tremendous coach,” West York coach Ben Reiber said. “So we expected a good match today and we were mentally prepared for that. We knew that we were capable of matching up with them. I really appreciate the hard work from the boys.”
Reiber, who coached the West York girls’ team last year, has certainly seemed to have a steady hand over the boys' team after taking over for Brent Duffy.
“I’m also the middle school coach so I know every guy in the system,” he said. “So when (Duffy) left it wasn’t as big of a loss as it could have been.”
Rebounding from loss: The only blemish on West York’s ledger so far is a 3-1 setback to Suburban just after Labor Day. Reiber, however, felt that his team has responded brilliantly to that setback.
Clark, who also scored West York’s fourth goal Thursday, is in agreement with his coach.
“That (loss) was probably the best thing that could have happened to us,” Clark said. “We watched the film and we regrouped. We had a team meeting where our captains raised us up and we came out of it with a positive attitude and we’re just making the best of it.”
The performance by the Bulldogs so far is more remarkable given that they have been playing all season without their starting goalie, Conner Gerrick. Gerrick was only officially cleared to resume practicing recently, so his addition to the backfield could bolster an already strong defense.
That’s not to say that play of Tarran McGladrie, who has filled in for Gerrick, has been anything other than solid.
“Tarran knows that goalie is not his regular position,” Clark said. “But he just goes about his thing and does his best. It really inspires us all, because he’s doing a job he wasn’t planning on doing, so we need to do our jobs and protect him in goal.”
Noah Murray and Jake Altimore scored back-to-back goals early in the second half for the Bulldogs, while Greyson Murray and Mason Kaifer recorded goals for Susquehannock.
South Western 3, Northeastern 1: At Hanover, Casey Slater had a goal and two assists to lead the Mustangs. Alex Afata scored for Northeastern. Ryan McElwain made five saves for Northeastern, which won the JV match, 3-1.
York Catholic 4, Hanover 1: At York Catholic, the Irish scored three unanswered second-half goals to take command. Gianni Hill led the Irish by scoring two goals, while Ben Bullen and Vincent Nguyen each scored one goal, while Dylan Staub, Joe Yinger, and Riley Santiago each had one assist apiece. The Irish defense held the Nighthawks to two shots on goal for the game. York Catholic improved to 6-0 in York-Adams Division III.
Hershey 2, Central 1: At Hershey, Alex McNair had Central's only goal, off an assist from Michael Nelson. Hershey won the JV match, 2-0.
Biglerville 7, William Penn 2: At York High, Wilber Vasquez and Bryan Serrand had York High's goals in the loss to the first-place Canners. Kevin Pineda added an assist.
Susquehannock 3, York Suburban 3: At Suburban on Wednesday, the two York-Adams Division II contenders battled to a deadlock. The Trojans rallied from a 3-1 second-half deficit. Carly Attig had two Susquehannock goals, while Olivia Pasko had one. Katie Wand, Molly Earnardt and Isabel Coy scored for Suburban. Susquehannock goalie Jordyn Prediger and Suburban goalie Emma Poff each had eight saves. Suburban (5-1-2 overall) is 2-0-2 in the division, while Susquehannock (3-3-1 overall) is 3-1-1 in D-II. Susquehannock won the JV match, 2-1.
Susquehannock 6, West York 0: At Glen Rock, Ashlynn Weger led the Warriors by scoring two goals, while Lilly Denis, Emma Lonas and Carly Attiq each scored one goal. Warriors goalie Jordyn Prediger made four saves to record the shutout. For the Bulldogs, Alexis Colon made 16 saves.
Red Lion 1, Dallastown 0: At Dallastown on Thursday, the Lady Lions came up with a key York-Adams Division I win. Red Lion (5-3 overall) improved to 4-1 in the division, while Dallastown (6-3 overall) fell to 4-2 in the division.
Northeastern 3, South Western 0: At Manchester, Logan Jennings, Katie Snelbaker and Rachael Kelly had goals, while Anna Hetherington, Camryn Kurilla and Rose Gatchell provided assists. Northeastern won the JV match, 6-1.
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