The 2-0 final score doesn’t tell the whole story behind Susquehannock’s win against West York Thursday.
The Warriors dominated the Bulldogs, controlling the pace of play, keeping the pressure on West York and holding them to just one shot on goal during the 80-minute affair. Susquehannock goals in the middle of the opening half and early in the second half were all that it needed to come away victorious.
“I thought in the first half we did a really nice job of controlling the pace and controlling the play,” Warriors head coach Brett Maxwell said. “Just need to finish a couple more opportunities. We put a couple balls in the back of the net in the first half, we could have had a little bit easier second half.”
Despite putting the pressure on early, West York keeper Cameron Goodling made the stops he needed to keep the Warriors off the board. That was until the Colton Mumley was able to clean up a loose ball in the penalty area and give Susquehannock the 1-0 lead midway through the first half.
Susquehannock kept the pressure on early in the second half and Joseph Lippy, who had several scoring chances earlier in the game, finally connected on a header to double his team’s lead.
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“We’ve been working on set pieces and that’s my strength,” Lippy said about his second half goal. “I’m big and I’m tall, so we just set it up and I just kept running in. Keep trying to get them, and I got that one today.”
The Susquehannack defense neutralized any threat the Bulldogs attempted to muster and kept the home team to one shot on net. The Warriors have yet to give up a goal this season.
“That’s been our strength all season,” Maxwell said. “Our defense has been phenomenal. Most games if we let up a shot, we only let up one or two … . It’s definitely been the backbone of our team right now.”
The Bulldogs have had a challenging schedule to open up the 2016 campaign. They faced York Suburban last week before playing a home-and-home against Gettysburg.
“It’s a tough go with some of the better teams that we’ll see this year,” West York coach Brent Duffy said. “They’re obviously fantastic. I keep coming back to that, but they did a really good job, so yeah it’s hard going down two goals and getting that motivation to get back.
“That’s something we’ve talked about with the boys and continue to do so. Still got some time yet in the season, so hopefully it will all come together at some point."
First half - 1. Sus, Colton Mumley (Alex Kittinger), 20:53.
Second Half - 2. Sus, Joseph Lippy (Jason Weger), 31:22.
Shots on Goal – Sus 13; WY 1
Corners - Sus 3; WY 2
Goalies – Sus, Aaron Bilbie (1 save); WY, Cameron Goodling (11 saves).