BOYS SOCCER: Wednesday's roundup, early goals propel McConnellsburg past Chestnut Ridge
MCCONNELLSBURG >> McConnellsburg scored two early goals and used a strong first half to get by Chestnut Ridge on Wednesday.
The Lions scored two second half goals to make things interesting, but the Spartans put one away late to preserve a 4-2 Sideling Hill League victory.
Patrick Keefer and Josh Booth scored in the fourth and fifth minutes, respectively, to give McConnellsburg (2-0, 1-0 SHL) a 2-0 cushion. Keefer then found Jake Boehme in the 38th minute to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead.
In the second half, Chestnut Ridge battled back thanks to some self-inflicted wounds by the Spartans. The Lions scored their first goal on a penalty kick and crept within one of the lead with an own goal in the 70th minute. But Landon Richards put the game away with a goal five minutes later.
"Even though we scored some goals, our offensive chemistry just isn't there," McConnellsburg coach Cory Houck said. "Our offensive is just off, but we did enough to get the win."
The Spartans out-shot Chestnut Ridge 13-5, and Hunter Souders finished with four saves for the Spartans.
McConnellsburg 4 Chestnut Ridge 2
First half — (M) Patrick Keefer, 4th minute, (M) Josh Booth, 5th, (M) Jake Boehme, asst. Keefer, 38th.
Second half — (CR) Cole Fungaroli, penalty kick, 53rd, (CR) own goal, 70th, (M) Landon Richards, 75th.
Shots — CR 5, McC 13; Corner kicks — CR 5, McC 1; Saves — CR 7 (Nick Knoster), McC 4 (Hunter Souders).
SOUTHERN FULTON 8, NORTHERN BEDFORD 0 >> Southern Fulton took a 2-0 lead into halftime but pulled away with a big second half for a Sideling Hill League win.
The Indians (1-1, 1-0 SHL) scored six goals in the second half. They put the game away with a pair of goals less than a minute apart, both with Benji Voight scoring and Chase Varner on the assist.
SF coach Scott Varner said, "It was a really tight first half, but we came out in the second half with the same plan of attack and things opened up. Everyone played tonight and it was a great team effort."
Varner finished the game with three goals and three assists, and Voight had two goals and one helper. Casey Spade, Juan Mazariegos and Jacob Silver also scored for Southern Fulton.
Southern Fulton 8, Northern Bedford 0
Southern Fulton26—8Northern Bedford00—0
First half — (SF) Chase Varner, asst. Sage Minteer, 10th minute, (SF) Casey Spade, asst. Varner, 38th.
Second half — (SF) Varner, asst. Benji Voight, 46th, (SF) Voight, asst. Varner, 56th, (SF) Voight, asst. Varner, 57th, (SF) Varner, penalty kick, 62nd, (SF) Juan Mazariegos, 72nd, (SF) Jacob Silver, 78th.
Shots — NB 11, SF 24; Corner kicks — NB 4, SF 9; Saves — NB 12 (Eshelman 8, Brunner 4), SF 6, Mazariegos 5, Colin Bard 1).
EVERETT 4, FORBES ROAD 0 >> Forbes Road found no offense in a Sideling Hill League loss to Everett.
Owen Gilbert had 14 saves for the Cardinals (0-1, 0-1 SHL).
Everett 4, Forbes Road 0
Everett goals — Mallow 2, Weaver, Foor.
Everett assist — Weaver
Saves — Ev 2 (Moen), FR 14 (Owen Gilbert).