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Delone beats York Catholic for first time in girls' soccer

The Delone Catholic girls' soccer team played York Catholic eight times in the past four years, and eight times the Fighting Irish came away victorious.

After the first half of Tuesday's YAIAA Division III opener, it looked like Irish would make it nine in a row, but the Squirettes scored four second-half goals to earn a 5-3 victory. It was the first win against York Catholic in program history.

“My seniors were on the team four years ago when they beat us 10 to nothing," Delone coach Derf Maitland said. "The girls have worked really hard since then. They had composure today and they came back and settled in, I’m proud of the way they played a full 80 minutes.”

York Catholic (3-2, 2-1 YAIAA Division III) senior Eden Jahn and sophomore Annabella Ebel scored in the first half for a 2-0 lead. Delone (4-0, 3-0) freshman Emma Russell cut the Irish lead in half minutes later.

The Irish lost senior captain Alexa Citrone just before the half when she was carted off the field with a leg injury, but they took a 2-1 lead into halftime.

York Catholic pushed its lead back to two goals 10 minutes into the second half when senior Courtney Nattans scored, but that would be the last time the Irish found the net. The rest of their shots went wide or over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, Delone junior Cayla Aquino scored the first of her two goals. And in the 64th minute, junior Tess Maitland hit an long shot to tie the score at 3-3.

Delone Catholic took its first lead of the game when Russell scored her second goal in minute 73. Aquino's second goal, a 78th minute penalty kick, sealed the victory for Delone Catholic.