RED LION — For much of Gabby Young’s soccer career at Red Lion High School, the senior and her classmates have taken a back seat to traditional powers such as Central York and Dallastown.
To little surprise, Young and her crew were less than thrilled with that predicament.
Young may not be the most vocal girl on her team, but she and her teammates have done most of their talking this season with their play.
That was never more apparent than Tuesday afternoon, when the Division I-leading Lions hosted Division II-contender York Suburban in what could be a possible York-Adams League playoff preview.
While Young was held scoreless, the senior certainly had a big role in her side’s 5-0 triumph over the Trojans.
“I feel like our team started to put the ball down and get it out wide and use our speed,” said Young, a forward and captain for Red Lion. “We have a lot of speed this year.”
That speed has been a major weapon for the Lions, who improved to 10-3 overall. It was certainly too much for a Suburban squad that is now 8-3-2 overall.
Third-year coach Meghan Mahon is definitely enjoying what she is seeing from her team, which ran its winning-streak to nine games after Tuesday’s victory.
“I think we have our heads on straight,” Mahon said. “We’re all-in this year, 100 percent every day, and that was one of our goals — give 100 percent every day.”
The results speak for themselves. The Lions have already scored victories over Central York (3-1 last week) as well as against rival Dallastown, a 1-0 triumph back on Sept. 20. Those results marked just the second time in Young’s career that her team knocked off the Panthers, but the first time her side ever enjoyed celebrating a triumph over the Wildcats.
“We just have to keep the momentum that we have from our past games,” Young said. “We beat Central and we beat Dallastown and we haven’t beaten Dallastown in over four years … never in my four years here.”
For both Young and Mahon, the biggest difference in this year’s club is its heart.
“I think that we just have to use our heart and our momentum and continue to play together,” Young said. “If we do that, I think we can be very successful.”
Suburban was able to hang tight with the Lions for much of the first half. It wasn't until a 28 second span when Lexis Kline and Anna Gatchell scored that the home team was able to exhale a sigh of a relief. Red Lion extended its lead to three eight minutes into the second half when Shaye Robertson found the net.
York Catholic 3, Biglerville 0: At York, the Fighting Irish handed the Canners their first York-Adams Division III loss of the season. York Catholic improved to 9-4 overall and 9-2 in D-III. Biglerville fell to 9-2-1 overall and 9-1 in D-III. Pasen Maynard, Bryan Bullen and Colin Smith scored the York Catholic goals. Smith and Patrick Freed had assists. Ethan Higgins made seven saves for York Catholic to get the shutout in goal. The JV match ended in a 2-2 tie.
Northeastern 4, New Oxford 0: At Manchester, Antonio Damian led the Bobcats (8-5-1 overall, 6-3 in Y-A D-I) by scoring two goals. Alex Afata scored one goal and added one assist, Ryan McElwain picked up two assists and Joshua Sanderson scored a goal. Northeastern won the JV match, 6-1.
West York 1, Gettysburg 0: At West York, the Bulldogs continued to roll with a York-Adams Division II triumph. Noah Murray scored a first-half goal, off an assist from Aidan Clark. West York (12-2 overall) leads the division at 9-1.
Susquehannock 3, Eastern York 1: At Glen Rock, Nolan Holloway, Greyson Murray and Nick Holloway each scored for Susquehannock (13-2 overall, 8-1 in Y-A D-II). Teammate David Muriel-Diaz added one assist. For the Golden Knights, Issac Barrow scored the lone goal. Susquehannock won the JV match, 4-1.
Dallastown 5, Spring Grove 0: At Spring Grove, the Wildcats cruised to the York-Adams Division I win to improve to 9-4-1 overall and 6-3-0 in the division.
Kennard-Dale 6, Dover 3: At Dover, the Rams captured the Y-A D-II victory and now stands at 8-3-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the division. Lydia Gable had four goals for the Rams, while Maddy Warfield and Chloe Thoericht added one each. Malone Tracy had two goals for Dover, while Kylie Firestone had one. K-D's Abigail Wiland had seven saves, while Dover's Cierra Miller had 14 saves.
Central York 4, South Western 0: At Central, the Panthers cruised to the York-Adams Division I triumph, improving to 8-3-1 overall and 7-2 in the division. Sophia Yerger, Britlyn Higgins, Laurel Stoppard and Lauren Baylor scored for Central. Anya Schnetzka had two assists, while Chloe Carns and Ava Myers had one assist each. Central won the JV match, 2-0.
Northeastern 5, New Oxford 0: At New Oxford, the Bobcats (8-6-1 overall, 6-3 in Y-A D-I) received one goal apiece from Hannah Wildasin, Anna Hetherington, Logan Jennings, Katie Snelbaker and Chaney Golden. The Bobcats defense held the Colonials to two shots on goal.
York Catholic 4, Biglerville 3, OT: At Biglerville, the Irish rallied from a 3-1 second-half deficit behind two goals from Sydney Mentzer, including the game-winner in overtime. Carmen Portillo also had two Irish goals.
Susquehannock 9, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, the Warriors cruised to improved to 7-4-1 overall and 7-1-1 in York-Adams Division II.
Dallastown 1, Spring Grove 0: At Dallastown, the Wildcats won by shutout to move to 10-3-1 overall and 7-2-0 in Y-A D-I.
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