Thursday's Best: Fairfield girls' soccer goes undefeated
A day after becoming YAIAA Division III champs, the Fairfield girls' soccer team completed its season in dramatic style.
The Green Knights took a 4-2 lead into halftime thanks to two goals from Nora Clarke and one each from Hannah Logue and Annabel Anderson. That lead slipped away when York Catholic's Macayla Welsh and Melanie Matthews both found the back of the net.
It was the first time in four games that Fairfield's goalkeeper Ashley Roser had allowed even one goal, but she would be let off the hook. Towards the end of the match Hannah Logue was in the right place at the right time and scored, unassisted, with just six seconds remaining in the game.
"I saw (the ball) go across and I saw Hannah came across there," Fairfield head coach Phomma Phanhthy said. "Then all of a sudden she slowed down and put it in. It was awesome."
It's the first time in program history the Green Knights have gone undefeated, finishing at 16-0 overall and 12-0 in the division.
New Oxford tennis shines in Hershey: It has been the most successful year in school history for the New Oxford girls' tennis team and it continued with a first-round victory in the District 3 Class 3A team tournament.
The Colonials defeated Cedar Crest, 3-2, at the Hershey Racquet Club thanks to dominant performances in singles competition by Dagney Markle (6-4, 6-1), Brooke Moyer (6-4, 6-2) and Kamdyn Balko (6-4, 6-3).
Earlier in the season, Markle won the YAIAA singles title and was joined by Balko in winning the doubles championship before heading to districts. The Colonials will face No. 2 Hershey (16-1) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Div. III rivals going down to the wire: In its first season competing in Division III, the Gettysburg field hockey team defeated Littlestown 2-0 to improve to 11-1 in the division and remain in the playoff mix.
In a must-win game for the Warriors, leading scorer Kailey Mixell broke a scoreless tie with 5:56 remaining in the contest. Elena Montenegro added an insurance goal with less than a minute remaining to seal the victory for Gettysburg. The Warriors benefited from greater number of scoring opportunities, executing eight penalty corners while the Thunderbolts only had two.
Meanwhile, Bermudian Springs capped off its season with a 6-0 victory over Delone Catholic. The Eagles finished at 11-1 in the division as well, ensuring that the team will have at least a share of the Div. III title.
After winning the title in Div. II in the past two seasons, Gettysburg joined Div. III this season and became instant division rivals with Bermudian Springs, which has been crowned Div. III champs for nine straight seasons.