Face Off Times Four

Girls soccer advances to the second round of district after a season-long, back and forth battle with rival Central.


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The girls soccer team lines up for their first round of counties against Susquehannock. The lady Wildcats won the game 3-1, moving on to the second round, where they faced Central for the fourth time this season.

Ask a lot of Dallastown students about rivalries and they will mention Central York.

Playing a rival team can get intense. Some sports play their rival just once per season. Others play twice, once home and once away.

This year’s Dallastown girls soccer season featured a see-saw battle, back and forth, meeting the Central York Panthers four times ending with a variety of results. 

All four games ended with a score of 1-0, but the teams split the victories with the Wildcats winning two games and the Panthers winning two.

For the Wildcats, it was all about winning at the right time, allowing them to advance to the second round of the District III tournament.

“It’s just that we advanced farther than we have before,” sophomore Aidan Lese said.

The Wildcats lost the first meeting of the rivals at Central early in the season.

The second time, they won 1-0 at home during their annual Pink Out game for breast cancer awareness.

The win made the game a little more special.

“It felt great to beat Central while also knowing we were raising money for a good cause. It kind of just brings the whole event together when you win against such a big rival,” Lese said.

After the regular season ended the team advanced to Counties where they defeated Susquehannock in the first round. Then, they faced Central in the second round for the third time this season.

This time the Wildcats loss eliminated them from the county tournament, but they were able to qualify for districts.

In the first round of the District III tournament, the Wildcats played the Panthers for the fourth and final time this season. The Cats won 1-0, advancing to the second round of district play and eliminating Central from the tournament. 

“It was so amazing to beat them because we got the final win against them, plus that was the first time we’d gotten past the first round of districts in a while,” junior Ashley Robinson said.

The team played Wilson in the district quarterfinals, losing 1-0. 

Overall, the team finished with a 14-6-1 record.