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The Red Lion Lions discussed their 12-9 victory over the Susquehannock Warriors in the YAIAA Semifinals. Christian Arnold

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The Red Lion players charged the field in celebration, unable to contain their excitement after the final horn sounded on the Lions' 12-9 victory against Susquehannock in the YAIAA semifinals Tuesday night.

It was a much different scene than the one that took place a few weeks earlier, when the Warriors' Dorian Faster scored a game-winning goal in overtime against the Lions.

“It’s so exciting, and we knew we could do it,” Sam Emig said of getting some revenge against the Warriors. “We had to dig deep, and that’s what we did.”

The Lions will face York Catholic on Thursday for the YAIAA title. The Fighting Irish beat Central York, 14-8, in the other semifinal.

The Warriors were the first team to jump on the scoreboard Tuesday night. Faster scored a late first-period goal to put Susquehannock up, 1-0. The Lions responded with a goal from Nick Shima in the quarter’s closing seconds, but the Warriors took the lead right back in the opening minute of the second.

Jac Gemmill evened the score again two minutes later.

The Lions found the back of the net 13 seconds later off a shot from Sam Posey to give them their first lead of the game. Shima scored his second of the evening 29 seconds after that to give Red Lion a two-goal cushion.

The Warriors pulled within one in the middle of the second quarter, but they never tied the game

“I think we performed well. Anytime we play Susky it’s an emotionally packed game,” Red Lion coach Stefan Striffler.

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