YORK – The York Dukes had survived the first half only trailing 2-1 to the No. 6 Hastings Tigers.
The Tigers’ speed was wearing the York team down and in the second half it finally caught up with them as Hastings scored five times in a 7-2 win at the Cornerstone Sports Complex.
York keeper Erica Koehler was under fire almost all night long as the Tigers’ superior speed up front was dealing the Duke defense hits.
The Tigers put that speed on display early as just a little over three minutes into the game freshman Chloe Swoboda beat the Dukes right up the middle of the field and scored to make it 1-0.
The Dukes answered.
A strong push by Lawlor Christiansen put the sophomore into position to send a pass to the middle where fellow sophomore Caitlin Gillham scored with 35:45 to play and the game was tied at 1-1.
The Tigers added a second goal at the 16:45 mark as Alex Schmidt scored the first of her four goals in the game.
In the second half, Hastings started the scoring spree at the 38:55 mark on a breakaway goal by Swoboda, following a long pass.
York trailed 5-1 when a pass from Alyssa Baldridge to Christiansen set up the score for the Dukes to make it 5-2.
Hastings got a two-goal night out of Swoboda, while their final goal was scored by Marika VanBrocklin who also had two assists on the night.
“They really wore us down,” said York head coach Darcy McBride. “We really felt good about the first half, but we knew it was going to be a real tough second half. They just have so much speed. The girls played as hard as they could, but against that kind of speed you are going to wear down.”
York was charted with nine shots on goal, while the Tigers peppered 20. York senior goalie Koehler had nine saves and as a team the Dukes had 13 steals. Leading the way was Marti Hitz with four, Lauren Boyer had three, Whitney Stahr two, and one each for Hannah Hotovy, Baldridge, Cassie Pickerel and Ryleigh Ott.
The Dukes travel to Lakeview on Thursday night, then are back home to play Class B rated Columbus Scotus on Friday.
“I am worried about our legs for Friday night,” McBride said. “Hopefully we will be able to play a lot of girls Thursday night to kind of preserve our legs. That’s what happens when you have to make up games, you get a bunch of them in a row.”