York routs Colonial Heights 6-0, earns girls soccer semifinal berth

YORK — Sophomore forward Madison VanDyke scored four goals in the second half as York High routed Colonial Heights 6-0 in a Conference 25 girls soccer quarterfinal at Bailey Field on Friday night.

York’s easy win set up a Colonial Rivers semifinal appearance against conference No. 1 seed Poquoson on Tuesday night at New Kent High. The Falcons suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Poquoson earlier this season, just a game after losing two starting defenders to season-ending injuries.

This time around, York coach Tom Finley expects his team to put up a better fight.

“We didn’t do so well that time,” Finley said, “but we’ve really progressed as a team and as a group, so we’ll be able to come out better.”

The Falcons raced out of the traps early against Colonial Heights. It took less than three minutes for midfielder Alyssa Costello to open the scoring for York with a close-range strike. Meanwhile, her team’s defense enjoyed a quiet night — York goalkeeper Trinity Choice needed to make only one save in 80 minutes.

VanDyke earned her first goal of the night 13 minutes into the second half. The forward held off her marking defender for nearly 10 yards before slotting home her team’s second goal to double the York advantage.

“It’s all about having technically skilled players,” said Colonial Heights coach Mark Lee. “We just didn’t have as many experienced kids out there today, and it showed.”

The Colonials leaked two more goals in two minutes down the right wing, courtesy of dogged efforts by Katie Larsen and VanDyke. And it was Larsen who chipped a delightful ball straight to VanDyke’s outstretched foot in the 69th minute to push the York lead to five.

By the time Courtney Seifert had played an inch-perfect through ball into VanDyke’s running lane with four minutes to play, VanDyke knew she’d be celebrating her fourth goal of the game. It was also her 18th goal of the 2014 season.

“I could tell their defense was flat, so when I stepped up and went, I was in on goal,” VanDyke said after the game. “It was all about placement.”

The Falcons’ next opponent, however, will require a new tactic. Poquoson typically plays with an extra holding sweeper in defense, which means Finley will be looking to implement a new offensive game plan for Tuesday.

“We’ll be doing more combination play to really break the defense down and see what we can get out of that,” he said. “But tonight, (VanDyke) really earned her keep.”

Half: 1-0. Goals: VanDyke 4, Costello, Larsen. Assists: Larsen, VanDyke, Seifert. Saves: Colonial Heights, Pryor 4; York, Choice 1. Records: Colonial Heights 5-7-1, York 7-5-2.

Thackham can be reached by phone at 757-247-7422.

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