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BUFORD – The North rose again and this time claimed a championship.
The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission North pee wee stars rallied for a pair of final period goals to take a 3-2 comeback win over the South all-stars to capture the best-of-three county crown Thursday night.
The South opened the tournament with a 3-1 win at the Melvin L. Steele Soccer Complex in Lancaster on Nov. 22.
The North fought back to even the series at 1-each on a 3-0 win at the Buford Recreation Complex on Monday.
That set the stage for the decisive third match at the Buford Recreation Complex field on Thursday night.
The South, bidding for the victory, forged a 2-1 lead, but the North ignited for a pair of fourth-quarter goals to notch the comeback triumph.
Addison Guild scored both goals in the final period to lift the North pee wee stars to the exciting victory.
Kayleigh Monsalvo assisted Guild on the winning goal late in the match to give the North a 3-2 edge. Earlier in the final period, Guild scored a goal to deadlock the match at 2-all.
The North opened the scoring as Nolan Plyler tallied for a 1-0 lead.
The South rallied to tie the match at 1-1 as Hunter Hinson scored. The South then grabbed the lead at 2-1 as Kelsey Starnes found the back of the net in the second period.
The North, boosted by Guild, then answered in the final period to take the tournament title.
“Those were three tough matches,” said Hal Hiott, the LCPRC youth soccer coordinator. “We’re proud of both teams for their all-out effort. The matches were well-played and we appreciate the fans who turned out to support these teams. We salute the coaches, players and fans on both sides for a top-notch tournament.”
The Lancaster County all-stars had three teams competing in the state tournament at Manchester Meadows on Saturday in Rock Hill. Lancaster County U-10, U-12 and U-15 all-star teams qualified for the state after winning the Central District championships in Lancaster last month. See Wednesday’s paper for a report on the state title matches.