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After being bested by Warhill in the Conference 25 championship game last season, York was hoping to return the favor this year.
The Falcons succeeded, defeating the Lions 3-0 at home in the Conference 25 semifinals under hot and humid conditions Tuesday.
With temperatures hovering in the upper 80s, both teams were moving sluggishly in the opening minutes of the contest. After roughly 10 minutes of adjusting to the heat, York began to make progress on the offensive end.
With 27:57 left in the first half, York's Alyssa Costello floated a ball into the box where it fell at the feet of Madison Van Dyke. The sophomore standout put a shot on goal that deflected off Warhill goalkeeper Aaliyah Tyler into the right corner for the game's opening goal.
The Lions appeared poised to counter with 14:20 remaining in the opening half. Tammy Stauffer delivered an accurate cross from the right side of the field to the feet of Megan Henderson, who had a clean look at net but sent the shot just over the crossbar.
With Warhill trailing York 1-0 at the half, Lions Coach Jae Kim decided to push up another attacker in an attempt to generate offense.
The offensive-minded strategy backfired as Van Dyke put the Falcons up 2-0 less than three minutes into the second half. Madison Dillard sent a booming free kick from almost 40 yards out. The ball found the head of Van Dyke, who placed the ball into the back of the net in tremendous fashion.
"The wind kind of held it up a bit and kind of lofted it in there," York Coach Tom Finley said. "Van Dyke ran onto that and just headed it in. It was, like, wind aided."
After falling behind two goals, Kim decided to reduce his back line to three players and shift another forward up. With as many as six attackers throwing themselves at the York net, the Lions began finding scoring opportunities.
With 21 minutes left in the second half, Shaye Doherty delivered a shot from about 25 yards out that required York goalie Trinity Choice to make a tough save to her left. About three minutes later, Kirstyn Aldridge followed suit, forcing Choice to make another save to her left.
York's Anya Johnson put the game out of reach with 7:35 left. After receiving a pass from Michelle Shin, Johnson carried the ball down the far left side of the pitch before cutting inside and firing a shot on goal. The ball rifled past Tyler for the game's final goal.
The win means York (8-4-4) will automatically qualify for a spot in the 3A East Region tournament, but not before squaring off against Lafayette in the Conference 25 championship game Thursday.
Even though Warhill (10-6) had its season come to a close, Kim praised his squad for their hard work and effort throughout the season.
"I thought the team played well together," he said. "They supported each other. There were some highs and lows, but overall they played really well together and I think they came together as a team."
York 3, Warhill 0
Goals: York (Madison Van Dyke 2, Anya Johnson)
Assists: York (Alyssa Costello, Madison Dillard, Michelle Shin)
Lafayette Blows Out New Kent
Hannah Potter scored two goals and added two assists to help lead Lafayette over New Kent 5-0 in the Conference 25 semifinals Tuesday.
Carson Pokorny helped pace the Rams, scoring two goals during the winning effort. Shaylee Ruescher added a goal, while Erin Zrakovi and Iliana Tua added assists.
Lafayette will now take on York for the Conference 25 championship Thursday. The Rams will also automatically advance to the 3A East Region tournament.
Lafayette 5, New Kent 0
Goals: Lafayette (Hannah Potter 2, Carson Pokorny 2, Shaylee Ruescher)
Assists: Lafayette (Erin Zrakovi, Hannah Potter 2, Iliana Tua)
Bruton Season Ends in Conference 33 Quarterfinals
With Bruton missing four players, including three starters, Tuesday's Conference 33 quarterfinal game at Maggie Walker was made even more difficult than it was already slated to be.
The Panthers were missing players due to a combination of injuries and scheduling conflicts. The absences helped lead to an 8-0 loss to end Bruton's season.
With the loss, Bruton (1-13) concludes what was a tough season for the Panthers that included one win.
Maggie Walker 8, Bruton 0