DALLASTOWN — For some, the annual Pink Out games that many schools organize are simply fundraisers for breast cancer education and awareness.
They are also opportunities to give to a worthy cause.
For others, the significance hits a little closer to home.
The was certainly the case for the Dallastown girls’ soccer team Tuesday afternoon. Taking on rival Central York, the Wildcats wore their all-pink uniforms to raise breast cancer awareness.
For Dallastown senior Lily Jamison, the colors were especially meaningful.
“My mom just got over beating breast cancer,” Jamison said with a smile moments after her Wildcats downed the Panthers, 1-0, in a pivotal York-Adams Division I contest.
While winning a soccer game is nowhere near as difficult as beating cancer, Jamison’s smile was also created by her team’s play vs. a Central side that earned a 1-0 triumph in double overtime earlier in the season vs. Dallastown.
“For us seniors, this was our last home game of our careers,” Jamison said. “And for it to be against Central just made it all that more special. We felt like we played against them the way we wanted to the first time, but we just didn’t get the goal — 99 minutes of soccer and we lost on a free kick.”
Pink brings out best in Wildcats: Playing in pink always seems to bring out the best in the Wildcats. Tuesday was no exception.
“We have a handful of kids with parents who battled cancer,” Dallastown coach Scott Austin said. “So this is always an emotional game. But when you add in Central you kind of have a double-bonus if you will.”
It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to get on the board Tuesday. Ashley Robinson scored off a feed from Emma Schmitt just under two minutes into play.
Neither Austin nor Central coach Eric Webb figured that would be the only score. Fortunately for Austin and his crew, it was all that they needed.
“We wanted a second goal, but unfortunately it didn’t come,” Austin said. “But I was very happy with how the girls played, the way they attacked and the way we went after it.”
Austin pointed out that his team isn’t just preparing for the upcoming league playoffs next week — the Wildcats have already clinched a berth. They're also trying to win a D-I regular-season title with a late-season run that has produced five straight wins. It included a 1-0 win last week vs. Northeastern, continued Tuesday against Central and wraps up Thursday afternoon on the road against Red Lion, which fell to Northeastern on Tuesday night, 2-1. Both Red Lion and Dallastown will enter that game at 9-2 in the division. The winner will claim the outright division crown.
The Lions knocked off Austin’s club 1-0 the first go-around. Austin is hoping that the second time will be different, just as it was vs. Central.
“That was, I think, the first time that they had ever beaten us here,” Austin said of Red Lion’s victory earlier in the season at Dallastown. “So that was certainly a big win for them, but a tough loss for us. And we’ve had a couple of those so far, but we’ll be ready.”
Dallastown sits at 12-3-1 overall. Central fell to 9-4-1 and 8-3.
For Webb and his girls, the second time around the division was not nearly as kind as the first. The Panthers were unbeaten at the midpoint of the season, but losses to Red Lion, Northeastern and now Dallastown has eliminated any chance of capturing the division title.
The good news for Central is that it will still clinch a berth in the league playoffs with a victory over New Oxford Friday.
Northeastern 2, Red Lion 1: At Manchester, the Lions (11-5 overall) missed a chance to clinch at least a share of the York-Adams Division I championship. Camryn Kurilla and Katie Snelbaker scored for Northeastern, while Alexandra Versace and Logan Jennings got assists. Anna Gatchell scored for Red Lion off an assist from Paige Frey. Katie Shearer made seven saves to get the win in goal. Northeastern improved to 9-7-1 overall and 7-4 in D-I. Red Lion won the JV match, 1-0.
Susquehannock 3, York Suburban 2: At Glen Rock, the Warriors sewed up the York-Adams Division II crown with the win. Susquehannock improved to 9-4-1 overall and 9-1-1 in D-II. Suburban fell to 10-4-2 and 6-3-2. Ashlynn Weger scored all three goals for Susquehannock, while Katlyn Krebs and Shelby Derkosh provided assists. Roma Williams and Katie Wand scored for Suburban. Jordyn Prediger had five saves to get the win in goal. The JV match ended 2-2.
Eastern York 5, West York 1: At Wrightsville, McKenna Sutherland led the Golden Knights by recording a hat trick. Cassidy Shetter and Elizabeth Quinones each scored one goal for Eastern. For the Bulldogs, Alexis Miler scored, while Gabby Smith added one assist.
Kennard-Dale 3, Spring Grove 0: At Fawn Grove, the Rams (9-4-1 overall) got goals from Kayla Shaull, Lydia Gable and Korrin Blough to get the win. Abigail Wiland made 18 saves to get the shutout in goal.
Fairfield 10, York Catholic 0: At Fairfield, Nora Clarke led the Green Knights to the victory by scoring four goals. The Green Knights held the Irish to four shots on goal.
Delone Catholic 8, York High 0: At McSherrystown, Izzy Osby made 17 saves in a losing cause for York High. Sophie Gilbart had a hat trick for Delone.
Dallastown 1, Central York 0: At Central York, Cole Larson broke a scoreless tie when he found the back of the net at the 21:42 mark of the second half. Gabe Wonderlich got an assist, while Brandon Hole made four stops in goal to record the shutout. For the Panthers, Matt Smyser made seven saves in goal. Dallastown improved to 10-5-1 overall and 7-4-0 in York-Adams Division I. Central is 5-7-4 and 4-4-3.
York Catholic 2, Fairfield 0: At York Catholic, Nick DeMarco and Joe Musso each scored one goal, while Bryan Bullen and Pasen Maynard each added one assist. The York Catholic improved to 12-4 overall and 11-2 in York-Adams Division III.
West York 5, Eastern York 0: At West York, the Bulldogs improved to 13-3 overall and 10-1 in York-Adams Division II. Noah Murray scored two goals for the winners, while Jake Altimore, Adam Hersey and Aidan Clark also scored. Jason Bruder, Nathan Clark, Aidan Clark and Jonathan Elder had assists. West York won the JV match, 1-0.
Susquehannock 3, York Suburban 0: At Suburban, Susquehannock rolled to the win to improve to 16-2 overall and 10-1 in York-Adams Division II. The win sets up a winner-take-all battle for the division championship at 7 p.m. Thursday at Susquehannock against West York. The Bulldogs are also 10-1 in the division. It's the final regular-season D-II game for both teams.
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