York, PA - As their respective teams finished their postgame handshake and scurried in search of warmth, Susquehannock girls' soccer coach Nick Schiffgens grabbed the hand of his counterpart, West York's Brett Maxwell, and smiled.
"Man, this is fun," Schiffgens said.
So much fun, in fact, that not even 100 frigid minutes of soccer were enough for the two teams. Susquehannock and West York settled for a 2-2 tie Wednesday night in Glen Rock, in a matchup of YAIAA Division II contenders.
Despite icy temperatures and a slick playing surface, both sides produced brilliant moments during a four-goal second half. West York grabbed a last-gasp equalizer with 1:17 left in regulation, when Shyanne Kimbrough poked a shot past Susquehannock goalkeeper Cayla Stiffler.
The Warriors had led twice before Kimbrough's finish, taking a 2-1 lead on Kristen Filsinger's floated shot with 8:48 left in regulation.
"We're not really a team to come from behind," Kimbrough said, "but we do what we have to do."
The result ensured a muddled race in Division II remained as such. The Bulldogs (5-1-1, 3-0-1) are now tied with York Suburban in first-place, with the two set to meet at West York on Friday afternoon. Susquehannock (4-0-2, 2-0-2) sits in third place.
The Bulldogs and Warriors play again at West York on April 26.
"I'm happy with the result, that's for sure," Schiffgens said. "They worked their butts off to get that result. But twice we were in the lead. It's a matter of holding on."
Both teams took a while to get going Wednesday. Part of that owed to weather; a burst of heavy rain and sleet coated the field before kickoff.
Susquehannock spent most of the first half pinned in its own end, forced to soak up the Bulldogs' pressure. West York had three shots and eight corner kicks before halftime.
But the Warriors pushed back in the second half, playing long balls and creating chances.
Then, after Amanda Cheak answered for West York, Filsinger lofted a picturesque shot from the left side of the penalty area over Bulldogs goalkeeper Stevie Gross.
"I was just kind of trying to make contact with the ball and get it somewhere near the goal," Filsinger said.
Susquehannock seemed to be headed for a victory, even as West York pressed for another tying goal.
Then Kimbrough, contained for most of the night, found an opening. She muscled past a defender and rolled in the tying goal with barely a minute remaining.
"(Bre Schlemmer) just made a great run, and I was just running beside her," Kimbrough said. "I think I got a little touch on it past that last defender and toe-balled it. ... It was pretty lucky."
Both teams had chances late in the second overtime. West York's bench clamored for a penalty, when Stiffler crashed into Kimbrough inside the box. Later, Susquehannock's Jeanette Wilson blazed a straightaway shot over the crossbar.
West York finished the game with advantages in both shots on goal (13 to nine) and corner kicks (11 to 0). Stiffler made 11 saves for the Warriors.
Plenty of fun for one night, with a rematch still to come.
"We always play a lot better at our home field, especially against them," Kimbrough said. "We can't wait to play them again."
WEST YORK 2, SUSQUEHANNOCK 2
West York -- 0 2 0 0 -- 2
Susque. -- 0 2 0 0 -- 2
Second Half -- 1. Sus, Brooke McGee (Olivia Royer), 31:14; 2. WY, Amanda Cheak (Shyanne Kimbrough), 25:32; 3. Sus, Kristen Filsinger (Katie Steines), 8:48; 4. WY, Kimbrough, 1:17.
Shots On Goal -- WY 13, Sus 9.
Corners -- WY 18, Sus 0.
Goalies -- West York, Stevie Gross (7 saves); Susquehannock, Cayla Stiffler (11 saves).
J.V. Score -- West York 2, Susquehannock 2.