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BY JEFF FALK

SOUTH LEBANON – Consistency. Improvement. Playoffs. There are a number of ways to measure success.

With the regular season winding down, the Palmyra and Cedar Crest girls’ soccer teams continue to author their own definitions of success.

On a misty Thursday evening on Ed and Jeannie Arnold Field at Earl Boltz Stadium, Palmyra took another step towards regular-season success and postseason realization, with a 2-0 non-league whitewashing of Cedar Crest. The Cougars netted a pair of first-half tallies, then played the Falcons to a goal-less draw over the second 40 minutes of action.

With their third straight shutout, the Cougars improved to 8-6 overall. Palmyra was listed on the Number 10 line of the latest Class AAA power rankings, for a District Three tournament that features a field of 16.

The setback dropped Cedar Crest to 3-9-1 on the fall.

“Every game counts from now on out,” said Palmyra head coach Tim Grinstead. “We want to push our program to the playoffs. They’re (his players) constantly being consistent.

“I do feel like we’re on the righ path,” continued Grinstead. “I want to finish strong. It’s (the postseason) one of our team goals. We’ve already passed some of the goals we set. But we have more to accomplish. Getting to the playoffs is one of them.”

“We have improved. I’ve seen improvement,” Steffen continued. “But we’re inconsistent in our play. When we’re really on, we give teams a hard time. But we hit spells where it’s just not the same type of effort. We seem to struggle with consistency and effort.”

“Coming in, we were on the borderline,” said Cedar Crest head coach Scott Steffen of the Class AAAA postseason. “A win certainly would’ve helped. Now we’re on the down side of getting into districts. Every game is important to us, but I want us to perform. We’ve struggled in a couple of these 4’clock games this year. We’ve got three games left and we just want to finish strong.

The Cougars controlled a good portion of the play in the first half. Exactly 6::47 into the match, Palmyra grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Maddie Grinstead goal.

The play originated from a 25-yard direct kick taken by junior teammate Kat Bauer. Bauer’s attempt was struck well, and when Falcon keeper Courtney Wysokowski couldn’t control it, Grinstead was there to touch the ball inside the right post.

“What we’re proud of is that we were doing the things we worked on in practice,” said Grinstead. “And that was true of the goals. That’s what takes you to the next level. Right now, our defense is really rocking it.

“Defensivley, I thought Courtney played well,” said Steffen. “But we were a little sloppy. Some of that was the conditions. Ususally, we’re a little more solid in the back. But Palmyra had to deal with the same things too.

“We’re trying to work on the right ideas when we’re getting towards the goal,” added Grinstead. “Possession is the key. We’re trying to build it up.”

“It wasn’t our best effort,” Steffen added. “We had three really good efforts last week and got one result. We seemed kind of sluggish at the beginning. We’re a little banged up, but that’s an opportunity for others to step up.”

The Cougars increased their lead to 2-0, 11:44 before the intermission.

It was a hard cross by Bailey Cleckner, with her left foot, that set up the goal. The ball went through the goal mouth, past Wysokowski and to Nicole Romanowski on the right post, and she finished strong with her right foot.

“I thought we were stepping to balls very well,” said Grinstead. “We did a good job of covering our backs. They (his players) played well together. They stuck together well. You always like getting a shutout.

“They (the Falcons) seem young,” Grinstead continued. “They seem like they’re going to be good the next couple of years. In the second half, they made some adjustments and they tried to possess the ball better.”

“Scoring goals has been a struggle for us all year,” said Steffen. “We don’t have that one dynamic striker. The front half of our team is young. It’s a learning experience for us. It will be a focus going into next year.”

The Falcons showed more signs of life early in the second half, and it was an intensity that the Cougars matched as the contest wore on. On the final stat sheet, Palmyra out shot Cedar Crest 12-6, while the Falcons enjoyed a 4-2 margin in corner kicks.

“In the second half, we were knocking on the door,” said Grinstead. “We just couldn’t get it in the goal. We were doing the right things. I don’t think we went down. We played a good second half.

“We’ve seen a ton of improvement since the beginning of the season,” Grinstead continued. “We’ve talked about game plans all year, and now we’re at the point where they (his players) can executue it. They know what we’re trying to do. I’m really happy with the progress. It’s always hard to implement what you’re trying to do.”

“I think it’s a positive game with them (the Cougars),” Steffen added. “I’m going to re-evaluate our schedule with the athletic director at the end of the year. When you’re playing double and triple A teams, it doesn’t always help. But it’s a competitive match with them.”

“They’re an OK team,” said Steffen of the Cougars. “They play more direct because they know what their strengths are. Us being out of shape defensively created some issues for us. They (the Cougars) were able to take advantage of those opportunities.

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2019 Palmyra Girls’ Soccer Results

2019-08-30HvsEastern Lebanon County(3)L2-0
2019-08-31AvsDonegal(3)W4-1
2019-09-05AvsMechanicsburg Area Senior(3)W1-0
2019-09-07HvsManheim Central(3)L3-1
2019-09-10HvsMifflin County(6)W6-0
2019-09-11AvsGarden Spot(3)W4-0
2019-09-14HvsCocalico(3)L1-0
2019-09-17HvsHershey(3)L1-0
2019-09-19AvsLower Dauphin(3)L2-0
2019-09-24AvsCentral Dauphin East(3)W6-0
2019-09-28HvsMechanicsburg Area Senior(3)L2-1
2019-09-30HvsCentral Dauphin East(3)W3-0
2019-10-01AvsMifflin County(6)W5-0
2019-10-03AvsCedar Crest(3)0-0
2019-10-05HvsNorthern York(3)0-0
2019-10-08AvsHershey(3)0-0
2019-10-14HvsLower Dauphin(3)0-0
2019-10-16AvsBishop McDevitt(3)0-0

2019 Cedar Crest Girls’ Soccer Results

DateOpponentsOutcomes
8/31
11:00 am
Cedar Crest
at Exeter
2
1
9/03
7:00 pm
Cocalico
at Cedar Crest
0
1
9/05
7:00 pm
Elizabethtown
at Cedar Crest
3
1
9/07
7:00 pm
Elco
at Cedar Crest
2
1
9/09
4:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Hempfield
1
3
9/12
7:00 pm
Penn Manor
at Cedar Crest
2
2
9/14
10:00 am
Cedar Crest
at Cedar Cliff
1
0
9/17
4:00 pm
Conestoga Valley
at Cedar Crest
2
0
9/20
4:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Manheim Township
0
3
9/23
4:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Warwick
0
2
9/26
7:00 pm
Hempfield
at Cedar Crest
2
0
10/01
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Penn Manor
0
1
10/03
4:00 pm
Palmyra
at Cedar Crest

10/04
4:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Conestoga Valley
10/07
7:00 pm
Manheim Township
at Cedar Crest
10/09
7:00 pm
Warwick
at Cedar Crest

PIAA District Three

Class AAA Power Rankings

AAASchool W L T Rating TWP OWP TWPW OWPW TWPL OWPL
1Lower Dauphin11-1-0 0.802924 0.937500 0.638442 13.5 150.8 0.9 85.4
2Conrad Weiser13-1-0 0.780520 0.949275 0.574264 13.1 140.4 0.7 104.1
3Mechanicsburg Area Senior10-2-0 0.751251 0.880597 0.593161 11.8 135.3 1.6 92.8
4Manheim Central10-4-0 0.707199 0.800000 0.593777 12.0 139.3 3.0 95.3
5Berks Catholic School10-3-1 0.668229 0.755474 0.561596 10.4 135.9 3.4 106.1
6Northern York8-4-0 0.660116 0.725806 0.579829 9.0 142.0 3.4 102.9
7Gettysburg Area10-3-1 0.654786 0.768966 0.515233 11.2 104.9 3.4 98.7
8Bishop McDevitt9-2-1 0.651373 0.779070 0.495298 10.1 121.2 2.9 123.5
9Susquehannock7-3-2 0.645947 0.688525 0.593907 8.4 118.0 3.8 80.7
10Palmyra Area7-6-0 0.630693 0.611511 0.654137 8.5 155.8 5.4 82.4
11Lampeter Strasburg7-7-0 0.627456 0.615942 0.641529 8.5 151.9 5.3 84.9
12Fleetwood9-5-1 0.623639 0.670139 0.566806 9.7 135.8 4.8 103.8
13Solanco11-4-1 0.617771 0.751462 0.454372 12.9 107.1 4.3 128.6
14Twin Valley8-6-2 0.615112 0.660494 0.559645 10.7 126.2 5.5 99.3
15Cocalico7-5-2 0.590774 0.634328 0.537540 8.5 134.6 4.9 115.8
16Kennard Dale8-4-1 0.582063 0.683594 0.457970 8.8 99.7 4.1 118.0
17West Perry8-4-1 0.579689 0.632576 0.515050 8.4 123.2 4.9 116.0
18York Suburban9-6-0 0.575251 0.656051 0.476495 10.3 104.4 5.4 114.7
19Red Land4-8-1 0.549440 0.454918 0.664966 5.6 156.4 6.7 78.8
20Daniel Boone7-7-1 0.527647 0.510870 0.548153 7.1 139.5 6.8 115.0
21Shippensburg6-9-0 0.487494 0.448980 0.534568 6.6 129.9 8.1 113.1
22Donegal5-9-2 0.484431 0.406667 0.579475 6.1 150.2 8.9 109.0
23Greencastle Antrim6-9-0 0.479517 0.450331 0.515189 6.8 123.8 8.3 116.5
24Garden Spot3-10-1 0.478756 0.329457 0.661231 4.3 162.2 8.7 83.1
25Susquehanna Township5-9-0 0.448485 0.353333 0.564781 5.3 137.8 9.7 106.2
26Spring Grove Area1-12-1 0.357118 0.166667 0.589892 2.0 147.7 9.8 102.7
27Dover2-9-0 0.350538 0.174757 0.565381 1.8 112.9 8.5 86.8
28East Pennsboro Area2-12-0 0.348203 0.159420 0.578937 2.2 144.9 11.6 105.4
29Milton Hershey2-12-0 0.317609 0.173333 0.493946 2.6 118.3 12.4 121.2
30West York Area1-12-0 0.311306 0.089431 0.582487 1.1 120.4 11.2 86.3
31Big Spring0-13-0 0.266221 0.000000 0.591601 0.0 136.0 12.7 93.9

PIAA District Three

Class AAAA Power Rankings

AAAASchool W L T Rating TWP OWP TWPW OWPW TWPL OWPL
1Cumberland Valley11-0-1 0.812757 0.976821 0.612235 14.8 124.1 0.4 78.6
2Central York11-2-1 0.765183 0.892638 0.609404 14.6 130.9 1.8 83.9
3HEMPFIELD10-3-0 0.763884 0.847682 0.661463 12.8 142.0 2.3 72.7
4Central Dauphin9-1-3 0.763253 0.884868 0.614612 13.5 134.6 1.8 84.4
5Ephrata Area12-1-1 0.757328 0.928571 0.548030 15.0 133.5 1.2 110.1
6Wilson11-4-0 0.743943 0.832335 0.635907 13.9 164.7 2.8 94.3
7Red Lion10-3-0 0.739005 0.853147 0.599499 12.2 143.7 2.1 96.0
8Manheim Township8-4-0 0.723596 0.772727 0.663547 10.2 141.8 3.0 71.9
9Conestoga Valley8-4-1 0.715973 0.767361 0.653166 11.1 140.3 3.4 74.5
10Chambersburg Area8-4-0 0.710511 0.738462 0.676349 9.6 163.0 3.4 78.0
11Carlisle9-4-1 0.709401 0.782759 0.619742 11.4 144.4 3.2 88.6
12Governor Mifflin9-6-0 0.689018 0.719745 0.651463 11.3 169.3 4.4 90.6
13Dallastown9-5-1 0.685051 0.743671 0.613404 11.8 144.2 4.1 90.9
14Hershey8-5-1 0.678676 0.683673 0.672568 10.1 157.7 4.7 76.8
15Northeastern10-5-1 0.666118 0.748521 0.565403 12.7 138.8 4.3 106.7
16Elizabethtown Area8-6-0 0.663136 0.680556 0.641845 9.8 149.6 4.6 83.5
17Warwick6-5-1 0.658599 0.659664 0.657298 7.9 133.3 4.1 69.5
18Exeter Township7-7-0 0.610918 0.634328 0.582305 8.5 141.5 4.9 101.5
19Cedar Crest4-8-1 0.539871 0.461864 0.635212 5.5 145.4 6.4 83.5
20South Western4-8-1 0.531107 0.461207 0.616540 5.4 137.6 6.3 85.6
21Reading5-8-0 0.485320 0.479675 0.492219 5.9 110.7 6.4 114.2
22Penn Manor2-11-1 0.482480 0.269912 0.742285 3.1 178.0 8.3 61.8
23Waynesboro Area3-8-0 0.440365 0.314286 0.594463 3.3 146.0 7.2 99.6
24Central Dauphin East2-12-0 0.393501 0.203125 0.626182 2.6 145.7 10.2 87.0
25Cedar Cliff1-14-0 0.372872 0.095652 0.711697 1.1 172.8 10.4 70.0
26York Country Day School4-5-0 0.335843 0.361446 0.304551 3.0 48.9 5.3 111.6
27J P McCaskey1-12-0 0.300523 0.065421 0.587869 0.7 151.2 10.0 106.0
28Muhlenberg0-15-0 0.298778 0.000000 0.663951 0.0 167.1 12.9 84.6
29New Oxford0-12-0 0.291275 0.000000 0.647278 0.0 147.5 9.6 80.4
30Lebanon1-14-0 0.265172 0.078788 0.492975 1.3 119.3 15.2 122.7
31William Penn1-9-0 0.258821 0.080357 0.476943 0.9 111.7 10.3 122.5

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