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Four York players scored goals as the Falcons cruised past Heritage 8-0 at home Wednesday evening despite a sluggish start.
While the final scoreline adequately reflects the skill gap separating York and Heritage, the Falcons found themselves playing uninspired soccer through the first 20 minutes of play.
York scored its first goal three minutes into the game when Madison Van Dyke hit a slow rolling ball at the Heritage net. The Heritage goalkeeper misplayed the shot and allowed it to squeak into the corner of the goal, much to the surprise of York's players.
After scoring the opening goal, York found Heritage to be more challenging than anticipated. Heritage, while unable to generate many scoring opportunities, played solid defense at times and came up with some key clearances that kept the game from getting out of hand early.
The Falcons broke through again in the 23rd minute as Michelle Shin put her head to a ball that was deflected off a corner kick. The ball sailed into the right corner of the net to put York up 2-0.
In the 30th minute, Shin played a well-timed through ball that met Anya Johnson in stride. Johnson, having beaten the Heritage defense, sent her shot ricocheting off the right post and into the net.
York posted its fourth goal of the game with three seconds left in the first half. Shin collected the ball off a rushed corner kick attempt and fired the ball into the lower-right corner of the net.
The goal gave York a 4-0 halftime advantage over Heritage.
Things got progressively worse for Heritage as York posted four more goals before the game was called early because of the Virginia High School League's eight-goal rule.
York (3-1) will have a long layoff for spring break before resuming at home against New Kent on April 13.
York 8, Heritage 0
Goals: York (Van Dyke 2, Shin 2, Johnson 2, Thomson 2)
Assists: York (Van Dyke 4, Shin 2, Kramer, Colon)