Back in 2005, it took a few repeat performances for the Central York Panthers boys' soccer team to earn the title that eluded them -- YAIAA tournament champs.
After four unsuccessful attempts to win the league tournament, the Panthers and coach Eric Webb finally earned the championship with a 1-0 victory against Red Lion in 2005.
Here's an excerpt from an October 2005 article that ran in the Daily Record.
The fifth time was the charm for Eric Webb and the Central York Panthers.
After leading the Central boys' soccer program to its fifth YAIAA championship game appearance in six seasons, Webb finally tasted sweet success Monday night, 1-0 over Red Lion, in a match played at Northeastern High School.
The only goal of the contest came in the 47th minute, when Eric Detzel's crossing pass found the foot of Ryan DiFiore on the second bounce, and DiFiore rifled it a shoulder-high shot past Red Lion goalkeeper Johnathan Parker.
From there, it was another tense outing for the Panthers (14-5-2), who have won their share of one-goal matches this season. Central's tight defense -- and the fact that Red Lion had to play into a nasty, biting wind during the second half -- sealed the outcome.
"I think I'm a bit numb right now," Webb admitted as his league champions lined up to receive their gold medals. "We've been the bridesmaids a few too many times here."
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