Here are some of the top YAIAA soccer, field hockey and volleyball games to check out the week of Sept. 26 to Oct. 1. Matt Allibone
The New Oxford field hockey team needed a big win before Thursday's meeting with powerhouse Dallastown, and Breanne Sauter delivered for the Colonials with an overtime goal to defeat Red Lion, 2-1, on Tuesday.
Sauter found the back of the net at 10:54 of overtime off a pass from Kaelyn Long. It was the second time the pair had teamed up to defeat the Lions. Sauter scored the winning goal last season against Red Lion off a pass from Long, as well.
“We’ve played together since fifth grade, so we just know each other on and off the field,” Sauter said. “Even at practice we try to get each other better each time, so we just have that nice chemistry together.”
The assist for Long was her second of the afternoon. The New Oxford senior helped set up Carly Flickinger’s first half goal at 13:25 to give the Colonials the 1-0 lead.
New Oxford head coach Tonya Lardarello praised Long’s skillset after the game.
“She can see things throughout the field,” Lardarello said. “She has amazing stick work. She can get fouls called because of her quick stick work. Girls just can’t their feet out of the way, so she’s definitely a key player on our team.”
The victory gave New Oxford some key momentum heading into Thursday's matchup with Dallastown. The Colonials have just one loss on the season, and they could move ahead of the Wildcats with a win on Thursday.
“It gives them confidence to know that it wasn’t a fluke the last time that they won,” Lardarello said. “It’s just another motivation builder and confidence builder into this next important game.”
— Christian Arnold
Bermudian Springs picks up division win: Bermudian Springs continues to sit just one game behind Gettysburg for first place in YAIAA Division III after beating Kennard-Dale, 2-1, on Tuesday.
Nicki Wolf assisted Ashley Kunkle on a goal in the first half, then Wolf scored a goal of her own in the second half to put the Eagles ahead for good. Emma Lucas was the lone goal scorer for the Rams.
Warriors post another shutout: Susquehannock blanked Northeastern, 7-0, marking the Warriors' fifth shutout in their last seven games. Brooke Morris scored four goals for the Warriors. It was her sixth multi-goal game of the season, and the second time she's posted four goals in a single game.
Gettysburg beats Susquehannock in key Division II match: The top two teams in YAIAA Division II met at Susquehannock, and the road team came out with a 2-0 victory.
Logan Carbaugh scored for Gettysburg in the first half and Kellen Fees added a goal in the second half. Gettysburg entered the game trailing Susquehannock by half of a game in the division standings, so this result pushes Gettysburg half a game ahead. Both teams have just one division loss on the year.
South Western edges Spring Grove: It's always fun when South Western and Spring Grove get together in any sport, and this girls' volleyball match was no different. The Mustangs edged the Rockets in a back-and-forth match, 14-25, 25-10, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13.
Kaitlyn Chell had 22 digs for South Western, while Madisyn McMaster had 21 digs and 11 kills. Ali St. Rose added 14 kills and Megan Wolf added 13.
Fairfield's Lytle sets course record: Fairfield's Lindsey Lytle ran the Red Lion course in 20 minutes, 21 seconds to win the meet, breaking the course record of 21:11 set by York Suburban's Lilly Corsaro in 2011.
Red Lion's Kiersten Lloyd placed second with a time of 20:51 and South Western's Sarah Forry placed third. York Suburban swept the team portion of the meet by placing six girls in the top 11.
The Trojans also swept the boys meet, led by Jarrett Raudensky and Josh Kerr, who placed first and second.