SOCCER: First-place Central York girls remain perfect with showdown triumph vs. Dallastown
- Central York earned a 1-0 girls' soccer win over Dallastown on Thursday.
- Central improved to 8-0 in York-Adams Division I. Dallastown fell to 5-2.
- Junior Vienna Schnetzka scored the game's only goal off a corner kick.
DALLASTOWN – While the 2020 York-Adams League girls’ soccer season has brought about a slew of changes, one thing remains the same.
Central York and Dallastown will end up playing a one-goal game.
Even without the typical out-of-league battles that help teams prepare for the season.
Even with a schedule that is so condensed that most teams are playing three or four times a week.
And even, of course, with all the rigorous precautions in the COVID-19 era.
The one constant remains — a tight battle between the two longtime rivals.
So when the Panthers traveled to take on Dallastown for the second time this season, there was little doubt that it would be close.
And it was.
The Wildcats, who dropped a 2-1 decision in the season opener to the Central girls, held advantages up and down the scoresheet. But the one column they didn’t lead in was the most important one of all — goals.
Junior Vienna Schnetzka took advantage of her team’s lone corner kick to boost the Panthers to a 1-0 triumph Thursday afternoon.
The CY girls improved to 8-0 in Division I after the sweep of the Wildcats, who dropped to 5-2.
“Whew,” Central coach Nate Trimmer said. “Dallastown has got some players. It wasn’t easy.”
Wood shines for Panthers: The Wildcats held advantages in possession, shots and corner opportunities, but none of that matters unless the ball finds the back of the net. Fortunately for Trimmer, the Panthers have a bit of a wall at the net in William & Mary recruit Morgan Wood.
“Their goalie was outstanding,” Dallastown coach Scott Austin said.
Trimmer, who is in his first season at the helm after taking over for Eric Webb, didn’t expect things to go like they did in the opener. Back then, both teams had yet to play anyone outside of their own program, so neither he nor Austin knew what to expect.
In the rematch, Trimmer figured that the Dallastown girls would be much more focused on taking away the advantages that the CY girls enjoyed.
Sure enough, the Wildcats did pretty much everything they needed to do to win, except score
“They were definitely a little more prepared,” Trimmer said.
Grigg steps up: The Panthers have found capable replacements, even after losing two big keys to the program’s recent success that includes four-straight Y-A playoff titles in Bloomsburg recruits Maddie Davis and Chloe Carns.
One of those replacements is captain and center-back Abby Grigg.
“She’s been great,” Trimmer said. “She’s got the right attitude and she just strives to be great at everything she does.”
An underrated trait that Trimmer loves about Grigg is her ability to bring out the best in her teammates.
“She just walks around and you can see that she knows how to get every girl ready to go,” he said. “You can’t really teach that.”
For Grigg, that skill is something that just comes natural.
“I’m normally a pretty outgoing person,” Grigg said. “But it helps that we have all just been playing together for a really long time now and we all work really well together.”
OTHER GIRLS' SOCCER
York Catholic 2, Delone Catholic 1 (OT): At York Catholic, Amelia Armstrong found the back of the net in the first overtime to break a 1-1 tie and give the Irish the win. Teammate Bernie Schintz scored a first-half goal, while Sophia DeBolt made 10 stops in goal to record the victory. For the Squirettes, Mary Dizor scored a first-half goal. York Catholic improved to 5-2-0 in York-Adams League Division III.
Spring Grove 3, South Western 2: At Hanover, the Rockets earned the win behind two goals from Carley Kibler and one from Ainsley Schwab. Nikki Wagner and Jessica Bentzel scored for South Western.
Red Lion 2, Dover 0: At Dover, Julia Rowe scored a first-half goal with an assist from Izzy Walker. Olivia Buckley-Uzmed scored a second-half goal, assisted by Delaney Bittner.
Northeastern 6, York High 0: At Manchester, the Bobcats received one goal apiece from Megan Elzinga, Jordyn Nace, Jordyn Jennings, Shania Chant, Jordyn Woods and Destynn McClane. Racheal Kelly and Trinity Schraudner each picked up one assist. Northeastern improved to 5-2 in D-I.
Dallastown 2, Central York 1: At Central, Mitch Groh and Blake Pitzer scored goals to lead Dallastown to the D-I road win. The Wildcats improved to 4-2-1 in the division. Dallastown plays host to unbeaten Northeastern (7-0) at 10 a.m. Saturday. Gavin Farling scored for Central.
York Catholic 0, Delone Catholic 0: At McSherrystown, the Squires played the D-III leaders to a surprising draw. York Catholic is now 6-0-1. Delone is 1-5-1. Jake Boccabell had four saves for Delone. John Weisser had two saves for York Catholic.
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