The adversity continues to find the Chambersburg boys soccer team, and the Trojans keep finding ways to handle it.
Tuesday in a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division game at Central Dauphin, the Rams went ahead 1-0 and 2-1 on the basis of a pair of penalty kick goals by Nathan Smithers, and held a lead of 3-1 early in the second half.
But Chambersburg was able to rally and tie the score to come away with a 3-3 tie.
“It was rough having those two penalty kicks called; we didn’t even know what the first one was for,” Trojan coach Corey Grove said. “Then we went down 3-1, but we continued to battle. We outshot them 21-11 and we were the better team.
“We feel like we deserved to win the game, but it’s a testament to our boys that they showed so much character. With all we’ve faced, it blows me away that we’ve gone unbeaten in the last eight games.”
Griffin Redding was on target with a pair of direct kicks from distance to notch the first two goals for Chambersburg (6-2-2, 5-2-1 MPC), then Nathan Maynard scored the equalizer when he headed in a throw-in from Victor Canel with 20 minutes left.
McConnellsburg 3, Northern Bedford 0: McConnellsburg remains undefeated after a straight-set victory over Northern Bedford in Sideling Hill/ICC action. The Spartans (7-0, 4-0 SHL, 3-0 ICC) have matched their strong start from last year with seven straight victories to begin.
After giving up 16 and 15 points in the first two sets, respectively, McConnellsburg held the Panthers to just 11 points. Several Spartans put together well-rounded efforts including Kacey Hann (13 kills, 7 blocks), Carly Swope (7 kills, 13 digs), Katelyn Truax (6 kills, 25 digs, 5 aces), Bridgette Ritchey (4 kills, 11 digs) and Lindsey Randler (7 digs, 24 assists).
“We started out a little slow tonight, but picked up the pace fairly quickly,” McConnellsburg coach Heidi Johnston said. “We are playing good energized volleyball right now and having fun.”
Greencastle 7, James Buchanan 1: After a relatively quiet first half, Greencastle-Antrim scored three unanswered goals to start the second and rolled to a Mid Penn Colonial Division victory over James Buchanan.
Luke Ritz paced the Blue Devils (7-1, 6-0 MPC) with a pair of goals, while Brandon Stuhler racked up three assists to go along with his insurance goal late in the second half. Caleb Hurley, Luke Herman and Jared Rohrbaugh also scored for G-A.
The lone goal of the game for the Rockets (3-8, 1-6 MPC) came from Hunter Sowers with 4:10 left in the contest.
Red Land 2, Shippensburg 1: Shippensburg suffered a narrow loss at the hands of Red Land in non-league action. The lone goal scorer of the day for the Greyhounds (3-9) was Samuel Orseno, who netted one on a penalty kick. Sterling Shetter had nine saves in net for Ship.
Big Spring 3, Waynesboro 1: Jake Atkinson scored early in the second half, but it wasn't enough for Waynesboro to defeat Big Spring in Mid Penn Colonial Division action. Peyton Allen was credited with one assist for the Indians (7-3-1, 5-2 MPC).
Forbes Road 5, Belleville Mennonite 1: Five goals in the first half were enough for Forbes Road to hold off Belleville Mennonite in a non-league contest. Aaron Schepis scored twice for the Cardinals (2-6), who had 17 shots on goal and five corner kick opportunities. Cameron McCabe and Cole Kendall also scored once, and Forbes was credited with an own goal.
Shen. Valley 3, Cumb. Valley Christian 2: Kenneth Hott and Eric Woo both put up a second-half goals in a narrow Mason-Dixon Christian Conference defeat at the hands of Shenandoah Valley. Woo also had an assist for the Blazers (4-8, 3-7 MDCC).
Central Dauphin 4, Chambersburg 1: The Trojans held their own against a formidable opponent for more than half the game. Gabby Lecuona scored unassisted midway through the first half to give Chambersburg (3-7, 1-6 MPC) the lead and CD did not counter until a penalty kick with 3:34 left in the half. The Rams went ahead early in the second half, then tacked on two goals later. Hannah Spangler had six saves for the Trojans.
James Buchanan 1, Greencastle 1: Each team had 10 shots on goal; each team earned four corner kick opportunities; and each team scored at the eight-minute mark. So it’s no surprise James Buchanan and Greencastle-Antrim had to settle for a Mid Penn Colonial Division tie. Sydney Benedick had the score for the Rockets (3-6-1, 2-4-1 MPC) just eight minutes into the game, but the Blue Devils (4-7-1, 3-3-1 MPC) had the equalizer when Heidi Schazenbacker scored eight minutes into the second half. G-A’s Hannah Beeler and JB’s Siara Gossert each finished with nine saves.
Chambersburg 3, Mifflin County 0: Chambersburg held Mifflin County to 16 points or fewer in all three sets of a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division victory. Haylee Holsopple and Bailee Nitterhouse both finished with seven kills for the Trojans (7-2, 5-2 MPC), who are now on a five-game win streak. Danessa Martin paced the defense with seven digs, while Lauren Ching stuffed the stat sheet with three kills, six digs, 23 assists and six aces.
Greencastle-Antrim 3, Bermudian Springs 0: A three-game losing skid for Greencastle came to an end with a non-league victory over Bermudian Springs. The Blue Devils (4-5) got better and better as the night went on. Chloe McKenzie led the team with eight kills, while Keri Gearhart followed with seven. Madison Goodwin and Rachel Verhoef split eight kills evenly, and Goodwin racked up eight digs.
Everett 3, Southern Fulton 2: After winning the first two sets, Southern Fulton took a nose dive in a Sideling Hill/ICC loss to Everett. The Indians (3-6, 2-2 SHL/ICC) won the opening sets, 25-15 and 25-19, respectively, but managed no more than 22 points in the last three sets. SF’s defense had a fine effort, with Destini Swisher leading the way with 19 digs and Madison Breeze following closely behind with 14.
Tussey Mountain 3, Fannett-Metal 0: Emily Metcalfe had a strong defensive effort, finishing with 17 digs, but it wasn’t enough for Fannett-Metal to overcome Tussey Mountain in a Sideling Hill/ICC match. The Tigers (1-10, 0-4 SHL, 0-3 ICC) got three kills from Lizzi Peppernick and two apiece from Jaelee Stouffer, Metcalfe and Katie McGee.
Cumb. Valley Christian 3, Shen. Valley 2: Cumberland Valley Christian broke a three-game losing skid with a narrow victory over Shenandoah Valley. Brianna Miley led the Blazers (4-6, 3-6 MDCC) with 13 kills, five digs and four aces. Ashley Winter and Hunter Timmons both had five kills, while Winters was a defensive standout with a team-leading nine digs. Mackenzie Householder racked up 24 assists.
Md. School for the Deaf 3, Mercersburg 0: Mercersburg lost its opening Independent-Parochial School League match. Jess Courtney finished with two kills, seven digs and four aces for the Blue Storm.
Forbes Road 4, Belleville Mennonite 1: After a tied first half, Forbes Road exploded for three goals in the second half of a Keystone League victory over Belleville Mennonite. Shelby Harnish led the Cardinals (6-3, 5-0 KL) with a goal and two assists, while McKenzie Gelvin had a goal and an assist. Madeline Miller and Maiah Mellott each netted one goal.
Boys cross country
Greencastle 26, James Buchanan 30: James Buchanan had two of the top three spots, but it was Greencastle-Antrim that earned the win in Mid Penn Colonial Division action. Dalton Leab was the overall victor for the Rockets (3-3, 2-3 MPC) with a time of 17:41, while Andrew Johnson was right behind in 17:50 for Greencastle.
Boiling Springs 19, Shippensburg 37: Hunter Kent was the only Shippensburg runner to crack the top 10 in a Mid Penn Colonial Division loss to Boiling Springs. The Greyhounds are now 1-3 (0-3 MPC).
Waynesboro 23, Big Spring 32: Waynesboro continued its roll through the Mid Penn Colonial Division with a win over Big Spring. The Indians (4-0, 4-0 MPC) earned four of the top six spots. Chris Maichle won the race in 17:54, while Ethan Lohman was right behind in 18:18.
Southern Fulton 24, Mt. Union 34: Mount Union claimed the top spot of the day, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Southern Fulton in an Inter-County Conference dual meet. Chase Varner was the best runner for the Indians (3-2, 3-0 ICC), finishing second overall in 20:14. Nate Voight was a mere four seconds behind, clocking in at 20:18.
Girls cross country
James Buchanan 24, Greencastle 32: Five of the top seven runners hailed from James Buchanan in a Mid Penn Colonial Division victory over Greencastle. The overall winner was Blue Devil Taryn Parks, who clocked in at 20:28, nearly two minutes faster than anyone else. Leading the Rockets (2-4, 1-4 MPC) was Sarah Kimmel, who finished in 22:13 for second place.
Boiling Springs 23, Shippensburg 32: Boiling Springs secured a narrow victory over Shippensburg in Mid Penn Colonial Division action. The top runner for the Lady Hounds (3-1, 2-1 MPC) was Ava Franklin, who clocked in at 21:39, good enough for third place. Megan Pomeroy (22:06) was fourth.
Big Spring 18, Waynesboro 37: Big Spring earned the top three spots in a Mid Penn Colonial Division defeat of Waynesboro. The Maidens (1-3, 1-3 MPC) were led by Lindsey Bricker, who finished in fourth place with a time of 22:39.
Mt. Union 27, Southern Fulton 28: Southern Fulton was edged by a single point in a Inter-County Conference meet against Mount Union. The top runner for the Indians (2-2, 2-1 MPC) was Maddie Baker, who placed third. SF’s Elizabeth Flaherty, Lindsey Hollenshead and Emily Bradshaw took the next three spots, respectively.
James Buchanan 5, Middletown 0: James Buchanan had only one blemish in a Mid Penn Colonial Division romp of Middletown. The Rockets (12-3, 8-3 MPC) earned 6-0, 6-0 victories in every match, except at No. 1 doubles. The team of Abby Mackling and Megan Hoffeditz won, 6-1, 6-0.
Mercersburg 9, Middleburg 0: Mercersburg Academy’s singles players lost a total of just two games in a non-league shutout of Middleburg. For the Blue Storm (4-1), Alexandra Zhukova, Molly Widdoes, Gabbie Albert and Allyson Chae all had clean slates. The No. 3 doubles team of Anna Bottin and Elena Mozos Pieto also earned an 8-0 victory.