West York and Susquehannock went toe-to-toe during the second half of Monday evening's District 3 Class AA first round boys' soccer match at Susquehannock High School, with both teams bending but neither breaking.
A dozen second-half shots and still a scoreless tie.
Susquehannock junior midfielder Cheikh Cisse changed all of that with 25.4 seconds left in regulation when his shot slipped past West York senior goalie Darian McCauley into the lower left corner of the net, lifting the Warriors to a 1-0 win against the Bulldogs.
"It felt like slow motion," Cisse said about his ninth goal of the season. "All I needed was one chance. We fought the whole game to get to that point. I could not have done that without my teammates."
In the opening match of the doubleheader at Susquehannock, the Warriors girls' team got two goals from senior Maddy Mummert during a 3-0 first-round win against Twin Valley.
Cisse's goal capped off a thrilling second half of soccer between West York (10-8-1) and Susquehannock (13-6). The two teams combined for four shots in the first half before the Warriors made some halftime adjustments and amassed nine shots on goal in the final 40 minutes.
"Kaleb (Lippy) had the ball and passed it to Luke (Thomas)," Cisse said. "I knew it was coming my way. The ball just happened to be there."
McCauley made eight second-half saves, some of the highlight reel variety, to keep the Bulldogs in the match. West York did not get its first corner of the match until two minutes were left in regulation.
"Darian is phenomenal," Susquehannock coach Brett Maxwell said. "He is one of the best goalies I've seen at the high school level in this area. He made some saves that were just unreal. Pure athleticism. We just tried to attack with pure numbers. We are not going to beat Darian from 18 yards out or anything like that. He'll make those types of saves. We tried to work on getting more guys involved in the attack and create opportunities like we had at the end."
It marked the third time Susquehannock has defeated West York this fall. The Warriors scored a 2-1 win at home back on Sept. 15 and a 4-0 win at West York on Oct. 6.
"It's always tough to beat a team three times," Maxwell said. "Especially a quality team like West York. I just think it was unfortunate we had to meet them in the first round. They are a quality team. It's tough to see them go home early."
Fourth-seeded Susquehannock, the YAIAA Division II runner-up to YAIAA playoff champion Gettysburg, moves on to play Bermudian Springs on Thursday at Spring Grove. Fifth-seeded Bermudian Springs advanced past No. 12 Lampeter-Strasburg by penalty kicks on Monday.
"It's very difficult right now," West York coach Brent Duffy said. "At the end, they got a bounce, and we didn't. They certainly deserve it. It was a back-and-forth match all night."
In the girls' match, the 4-foot-11 Mummert broke the ice quickly with a score off her own blocked shot attempt 2:26 into the first half.
"I didn't think it was going to go in," Mummert said. "It felt really good to get that goal early and give us that security of a lead."
Mummert then assisted on a score by sophomore midfielder Taylor Tannura with 10:12 before the half to give the Warriors a two-goal lead.
Mummert picked up her second score of the match with 6:48 remaining on a breakaway goal where she beat the Twin Valley goalie on a one-on-one opportunity.
"I was a little excited," said Mummert with a laugh. "I had to contain myself. I almost shot it right away, but then I told myself to wait and make sure I can get it to go in. Once I got in closer, I was able to get a shot and get it past."
The Susquehannock girls' team (13-3-2), seeded fifth in the Class AA field, meets No. 4 seed Northeastern (16-4-1) on Thursday at Spring Grove. The Bobcats advanced with a 5-2 win against No. 13 Gettysburg on Monday.
Boys' Susquehannock 1, West York 0
Second half — 1. Sus, Cheikh Cisse (Luke Thomas), :25.4.
Shots on goal — WY 5, S 12.
Corners — WY 1, S 3.
Goalies — WY, Darian McCauley (12 saves). Sus, Aaron Bilbie (5 saves).
Girls' Susquehannock 3, Twin Valley 0
First half — 1. Sus, Maddy Mummert, 37:34. 2. Sus, Taylor Tannura (Mummert), 10:12.
Second half — 3. Sus, Mummert, 6:48.
Shots on goal — TV 6, S 6.
Corners — TV 2, S 4.
Goalies — TV, Jordan DeGaray (6 saves). Sus, Ashley Stone (6 saves).