Gettysburg exploded out of the gate and overwhelmed Susquehannock right from the start in a 5-0 victory in boys' soccer action Thursday night at Warrior Stadium in Gettysburg.
The home-standing Warriors outshot Susquehannock 11-1 and had an 8-2 edge in corners.
"We had some film on them, but they did some things that we weren't expecting and they were better than we expected," Susquehannock head coach Brett Maxwell said. "They were more prepared than us and they came out to play tonight. They are well organized and have talent at every position."
Matt Yingling put Gettysburg on the board less than three minutes into the match when he headed in his own rebound. The goal was created by a through ball from Drew Wivell that Yingling tried to pop over Susky keeper Aaron Bilbie. Bilbie got a hand on it and popped it into the air where Yingling was able to run into it for a header finish with 37:16 left in the first half.
Bilbie managed to keep his side in the match with a pair of saves seven seconds apart when he denied Yingling on the left side and recovered to stonewall Connor Weikert on the right side. The junior netminder then stopped Adam Yingling's shot with 21:17 to play in the opening frame.
Susquehannock (3-3, 3-1 YAIAA II) registered its only shot on goal when Andrew Weaver had a try from the top of the box at the 15:43 mark of the first half that was handled by Gettysburg keeper Matt Balas.
Less than a minute later, Bobby Weikert doubled the Gettysburg advantage when he scored on a header off of a cross from Adam Yingling.
"I thought Adam might shoot it there, so I went to the goal as fast as I could," Weikert said. "He ended up crossing it to the back post and I was able to get my head on it."
Gettysburg (6-0, 4-0) bumped its edge to 3-0 when Adam Yingling blasted one in from the top of the box off of assists from Cade Wilhelm and Alex Cowden. Cowden played a cross from the left to Wilhelm in the middle of the box before he passed the ball back to Yingling for the rip.
"It seemed like everything worked for us tonight, especially in the first half," Gettysburg head coach Scott Hancock said. "We worked on our pattern play (Wednesday) in a light practice. But more for refinement than anything else."
Things didn't improve for Susquehannock in the second half, as Gettysburg added two additional tallies with Adam Yingling banging a direct kick off the defensive wall before gathering in the rebound and firing it home from 20 yards out with 22:26 left.
Then Yingling set up Drew Riggle for the last marker of the night with 15:32 to go.
"I feel like we're starting to get our scheme and our formation down," Adam Yingling said. "We connected well on our passes tonight."
Thursday's match wrapped up a gauntlet three-game stretch for Susquehannock which saw the Warriors lose in overtime to Central York (2-1) on Monday and defeat West York (2-1) on Tuesday.
"You always hope to learn from your losses," Maxwell said. "We know we have a lot of things to work on before we play Gettysburg again (Oct. 8) and hopefully we're ready when we see them at our place in a few weeks."
Gettysburg steps out of division play for its next match when Mechanicsburg (4-1) comes to town for a 6 p.m. match on Saturday.
Gettysburg 5, Susquehannock 0
First Half — 1. Get, Matt Yingling, 37:16. 2. Get, Bobby Weikert (Adam Yingling), 14:46. 3. Get, A. Yingling (Cade Wilhelm, Alex Cowden), 11:26.
Second Half — 4. Get, A. Yingling, 22:26. 5. Get, Drew Riggle (A. Yingling), 15:32.
Shots on Goal — Sus 1, Get 11
Corners — Sus 2, Get 8
Goalies — Sus, Aaron Bilbie (6 saves), Matt Wentz (0 saves), Get, Matt Balas (1 save), Yanni Tassou (0 saves), Max Lampe (0 saves).
J.V. Score — Susquehannock 4, Gettysburg 0