Bre Schlemmer's face was sore from smiling by the time the last photo had been snapped.

For some 10 minutes after West York's 4-0, senior day victory against Susquehannock on Thursday, the elder members of West York's girls' soccer team posed for pictures along the far sideline.

It was an idyllic afternoon for Schlemmer and her fellow seniors, made more so by one fact: The win ensured the Bulldogs at least a share of their third straight YAIAA Division II title.

"We started with (West York coach Brett Maxwell) when he first got the position," Schlemmer said. "We started with him, and we ended with him on a good note."

The Bulldogs (11-1-1, 8-0-1) have one division game remaining, at second-place York Suburban (9-3-1, 6-1-1) next week.

Even with top scorer Shyanne Kimbrough limited by a sore back -- she played 20 minutes, all in the first half -- West York had little trouble creating and finishing chances against the Warriors (7-5-2, 5-2-2).

Schlemmer scored twice, while Amanda Cheak and Holli Eppley each added a goal and an assist.

The game bore little resemblance to the teams' first meeting this season, when the Bulldogs needed a late goal by Kimbrough to force a 2-2 draw.

"It's a good confidence-booster for us," Schlemmer said, "knowing that we don't necessarily need Shyanne to score all our goals."

Schlemmer has been one of the team's key sources of offense since Kimbrough's injury. Normally a holding midfielder, Schlemmer has been asked to push farther upfield.


Advertisement

"She's honestly one of best players I've ever coached," Maxwell said. "She's underrated because she doesn't score goals.

"These last two games, she's really stepped up."

Schlemmer helped West York grab a lead midway through the first half. Off a corner kick by Cheak, the tall midfielder was able to head a shot toward the goal. The ball crossed the goal line before a Susquehannock defender could clear it.

Schlemmer also notched the final goal with 27:01 left in the match, when she slammed home Eppley's centering pass.

"That was picture-perfect," Schlemmer said.

In between those two, the Bulldogs tacked on two more pristine scores. Eppley pushed the lead to 2-0 with 14:54 left in the first half, when she launched a shot from the right edge of the penalty area that sailed over goalkeeper Cayla Stiffler's head.

Cheak essentially sealed the match less than three minutes after halftime. After a spell of Susquehannock pressure, senior Lauren Gay chipped a pass over the defense and into Cheak's path. The sophomore poked a volley over Stiffler's head.

"We should have been tighter back there," said Susquehannock coach Nick Schiffgens, whose team was also without one of its top scorers, sophomore Cassidy Mummert (hip injury). "Once it kind of opened up, some of the girls may have gotten their heads down more than they should have."

Stiffler made six saves for the Warriors, while Stevie Gross stopped six shots for West York.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 26-2-1 in division play during the last three seasons -- a fact Maxwell attributed largely to those seniors.

"They've really been the reason why our program has come as far as it has," the coach said.

@johnsclayton; 771-2045

Susquehannock -- 0   0 -- 0
West York -- 2   2 -- 4

   First Half -- 1. WY, Bre Schlemmer (Amanda Cheak), 20:54; 2. WY, Holli Eppley, 14:54.
   Second Half -- 3. WY, Cheak (Lauren Gay), 37:01; 4. WY, Schlemmer (Eppley), 27:01.
   Shots On Goal -- Sus 6, WY 10.
   Corners -- Sus 3, WY 5.
   Goalies -- Susquehannock, Cayla Stiffler (6 saves); West York, Stevie Gross (6 saves).