RED LION — The 2018 Red Lion girls’ soccer season was certainly a success.
Victories over Central York and Dallastown during the regular season propelled the Lions to the York-Adams Division I title for the first time since 2006.
Despite that success, however, the Red Lion girls were eager for more. A long run in the District 3 Class 4-A Tournament definitely was on the mind of each and every girl heading into a first-round clash with visiting Carlisle Tuesday evening.
After getting off to a strong start, that included another goal by senior standout Gabby Young, the fifth-seeded Lions were feeling good about themselves and their future.
Some sloppy play, that led directly to a game-tying goal by the Thundering Herd late in the first half, seemed to zap some of Red Lion's momentum. The lull continued on into the second half, and the visitors took advantage, scoring a pair of goals that powered 12th-seeded Carlisle to a 3-1 triumph.
The Lions' outstanding season concluded much too early for the squad after a 14-7 campaign.
“It’s just a bitter feeling for me,” Red Lion coach Meghan Roy said. “And I know it’s a bitter feeling for the girls.”
Roy pointed to the first 20 minutes of the second half as the turning point. Two goals in a seven-minute stretch turned a tight contest into a frantic game of catch-up.
“They came out stronger in the second half and I don’t think that we had the gas pedal down,” Roy said. “We kind of gave them a little too much room.”
The disappointment of Monday’s loss, combined with the squad’s 1-0 setback to rival Central Saturday evening in the York-Adams League final, could definitely leave Roy and her team feeling frustrated. Roy, however, could not have been more proud of what her team accomplished this year.
“I think that it was a turning point in our season, seeing and feeling the emotion from the girls after our first win against Dallastown,” she said. “And we didn’t even play a very good game. And I don’t think that they truly believed that they were a good team, and that game helped them to believe.”
Young was emblematic of her team's determination this season, playing the last five games with a broken nose. Young still persisted as if nothing was wrong.
“She scored five, now six goals, all playing with a broken nose,” Roy said with a smile.
Young, however, is one of eight seniors on the Red Lion roster, all of whom made important contributions to helping the Lions turn the program around during Roy’s three seasons at the helm.
“We’ll still have six returning starters back next year,” Roy said. “So we’ll still have some talent.”
Carlisle improved to 12-7.
Dallastown 1, Central York 0: At Central, in a battle of York-Adams Division I rivals, 11th-seeded Dallastown emerged victorious in a District 3 Class 4-A first-round confrontation over the No. 6 seed. Both teams are now 14-5-1, but Central's season is over, while Dallastown moves to Saturday's quarterfinals at third-seeded Wilson at 7 p.m. The Dallastown win came less than a week after Central beat Dallastown in a Y-A semifinals.
Wilson 4, Northeastern 1: At Wilson, the 14th-seeded Bobcats fell in the first round of the District 3 Class 4-A playoffs to the No. 3 seed. Northeastern finished 9-9-1. Wilson moved to 18-2-2. Kamryn Kurilla scored for West York off an assist by Logan Jennings.
Dallastown 2, Chambersburg 1: At Chambersburg, the 11th-seeded Wildcats upset the sixth-seeded Trojans in a District 3 Class 4-A opener. Matteo Conigliaro and Joe Thomas scored for the Wildcats. Dallastown improved to 11-6-1 and advanced to Saturday's quarterfinals. Chambersburg finished at 11-5-2.
Conestoga Valley 3, Red Lion 2: At Red Lion, 10th-seeded Conestoga Valley nipped seventh-seeded Red Lion in a District 3 Class 4-A first-round game. Red Lion's season ends at 11-5-1. Conestoga Valley improves to 10-7.
Cumberland Valley 5, Northeastern 0: At Cumberland Valley, the 13th-seeded Bobcats saw their season end with a District 3 Class 4-A first-round loss to the No. 4 seed. Northeastern finished at 10-7-2. Cumberland Valley improved to 14-4.
Wyomissing 4, Bermudian Springs 1: At Wyomissing, the Eagles dropped their District 3 Class 2-A first-round contest. The ninth-seeded Eagles finished at 13-4. Eighth-seeded Wyomissing improved to 13-5-2. Jhonathan Hernandez had Bermudian's goal, while Bermudian goalie Dalton Reinert made eight saves.
Lancaster Catholic 4, Biglerville 3: At Biglerville, Lazaro Salazar and Jorge Cervantes scored second-half goals to help Biglerville rally from a 3-1 hole and tie the game at 3-3, but Lancaster Catholic scored the game's final goal to earn a District 3 Class 2-A first-round triumph. Cervantes also scored the Canners' first goal. Seventh-seeded Biglerville finished at 15-4-1, while 10th-seeded Lancaster Catholic improved to 14-5-1.
Central Dauphin 1, South Western 0: At Hanover, in a defensive struggle, the Mustangs dropped the District 3 Class 4-A first-round battle. Eighth-seeded South Western finished at 11-4-4. Ninth-seeded Central Dauphin improved to 11-8.
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