LEWISBERRY >> The Chambersburg boys soccer team played in a wild game Thursday afternoon at Red Land.
The Trojans gave up a quick goal, then used three goals by Eric Dixon to forge a 3-2 halftime lead. In the second half, it was all Chambersburg and it finished off an 8-2 Mid Penn Commonwealth Division victory.
"We had given the kids a day off yesterday for recovery, but we started off sluggish," Chambersburg coach Corey Grove said. "Giving up a goal in the third minute shows you're not really there. The first half was closer than it needed to be, but even though the defense made some mistakes, we still had a lead."
Dixon was the reason why – he scored in the 10th, 24th and 31st minutes.
"When our team was struggling, Eric manned up and scored three goals," Grove said. "He is not afraid the shoot the ball. You can't score a goal if you don't shoot, and he does."
The goal by the Patriots (1-12, 1-9 MPC) snapped a three-game shutout streak for the Trojans (6-2-2, 5-2-2 MPC).
In the second half, Erik Espinoza and Rafael Bonilla each scored two goals and Chuy Munoz got in on the act, too. Bonilla and Nathan Maynard each had two assists and Inigo Macias added one.
Grove said, "We told the kids to keep grinding and start to win more of the 50-50 balls, and in the second half, we did that."
Chambersburg 8, Red Land 2
First half — (RL) Ethan Misal, 3rd minute, (C) Eric Dixon, 10th, (C) Dixon, 24th, (RL) Elia Nalli, 28th, (C) Dixon, 31st.
Second half — (C) Erik Espinoza, 51st, (C) Rafael Bonilla, 57th, (C) Espinoza, 61st, (C) Chuy Munoz, 73rd, (C) Bonilla 76th.
Chambersburg assists — Nathan Maynard 2, Bonilla 2, Inigo Macias.
Shots — Chbg 18, RL 8; Corner kicks — Chbg 3, RL 3; Saves — Chbg 5 (Chandler Schur 4, Jacob Dougal 1), RL 7 (Nick Keys).
BOILING SPRINGS 1, WAYNESBORO 0 >> One goal was all Boiling Springs needed to pick up a Mid Penn Colonial Division victory over Waynesboro.
The Indians (4-8-1, 4-4 MPC) had more shots (11-7) and more corners (6-1) than the Bubblers but could not find the back of the net.
Benny Cole scored the lone goal of the game, while Waynesboro goalkeeper James Barr had seven saves.
Boiling Springs 1 Waynesboro 0
First half — (Boil) Benny Cole, 28th min.
Shots — Boil 7, Way 11; Corner kicks — Boil 1, Way 6; Saves — Boil 11 (Drew Fink), Way 7 (James Barr).
BIG SPRING 3, JAMES BUCHANAN 1 >> James Buchanan scored a goal in the back end of the first half to tie the game, but Big Spring opened the game up with two goals in the second half for a 3-1 Mid Penn Colonial Division win.
The Rockets (0-12-1, 0-7 MPC) tied the game at one in the 29th minute on a Connor Fritsche goal. They were out-shot by the Bulldogs, 21-10. Sean Martin had 14 saves in goal for JB.
Big Spring 3, James Buchanan 1
Big Spring12—3J. Buchanan10—1
First half — (BS) Cody Breon, asst. Tyler flood, 13th minute, (JB) Connor Fritsche, 29th
Second half — (BS) Connor Oburn, 57th, (BS) Nino Tadaro, 61st
Shots — BS 21, JB 10; Corner kicks — BS 3, JB 1; Saves — BS 6 (Noah Foster), JB 14 (Sean Martin).
MCCONNELLSBURG 6, NORTHERN BEDFORD 1 >> McConnellsburg put up five goals in the first half and rolled to a Sideling Hill victory over Northern Bedford.
"The weather was a little bit of an equalizing factor," Spartan coach Cory Houck said. "I think we're a little more of a finesse team, and we struggled a little bit in the rain."
Patrick Keefer led the Spartans (8-0, 6-0 SHL) with two goals and an assist, while Jake Boehme also scored twice.
There was a long delay just eight minutes into the game, as a Northern Bedford player was injured.
"One of their players hurt his knee pretty severely," Houck said. "I'm not sure his name, but our boys wanted to wish him a speedy recover."
McConnellsburg 6 Northern Bedford 1
First half — (M) Ethan Barclay, asst. Nic Culler, 22nd min., (M) Patrick Keefer, asst. Culler, 25th, (M) Jake Boehme, asst. Keefer, 27th, (M) Landon Richards, 36th, (M) Jake Boehme, 40th.
Second half — (NB) Eckenroad, asst. Gromer, 57th(M) Keefer, asst. Josh Booth, 64th.
Shots — NB 7, McC 17; Corner kicks — NB 5, McC 7; Saves — NB 11, McC 7 (Hunter Souders).
FORBES ROAD 6, JOHNSTOWN CHRISTIAN 0 >> Aaron Schepis scored four goals, and Forbes Road defeated Johnstown Christian in non-league action.
Schepis scored both first-half goals for the Cardinals (2-7). He then scored another two goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Cameron McCabe finished with a goal and an assist, while Talon Blair and Cameron Duvall each had two assists.
Bryce Ulsh picked up three saves to preserve the shutout.
Forbes Road 6 Johnstown Chr. 0
Johnstown Chr.00—0Forbes Road24—6
First half — (FR) Aaron Schepis, asst. Talon Blair, 7th min., (FR) Schepis, asst. Cameron McCabe, 32nd.
Second half — (FR) Schepis, asst. Cameron Duvall, 43rd, (FR) Schepis, 54th, (FR) McCabe, asst. Blair, 63rd, (FR) Brendan Loopey, asst. Duvall, 72nd.
Shots — JC 3, FR 14; Corner kicks — JC 2, FR 2; Saves — JC 7 (Ryan DeMayo), FR 3 (Bryce Ulsh).
CUMB. VALLEY CHRISTIAN 8, HERITAGE ACADEMY 3 >> Four different players scored two goals apiece to lift Cumberland Valley Christian to a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference victory over Heritage Academy.
Sterling Bard, Soto Ono, Eric Woo and Dan Vandersleen all netted a pair of goals for the Blazers (4-9, 3-7 MDCC). Ono and Woo each had two assists, also.
"The boys were just able to play patiently," CVC coach Stan Hott said. "The defense finally got their act together and communicated well."
Heritage was limited to 17 shots, compared to 28 for CV Christian. Eli Black had 14 saves in the victory.
CV Christian 8, Heritage 3
First half — (CVC) Sterling Bard, asst. Soto Ono, 15th min., (CVC) Eric Woo, asst. Kenneth Hott, 17th, (Her) Bryce Corbett, 18th, (CVC) Bard, asst. Woo, 21st, (CVC) Ono, asst. Bard, 30th, (CVC) Woo, asst. Ono, 35th.
Second half — (Her) Andy Joo, 53rd, (CVC) Dan Vandersleen, asst. Ono, 68th, (Her) Joo, 70th, (CVC) Vandersleen, asst. Spencer Propst, 78th, (CVC) Ono, asst. Woo, 79th.
Shots — Her 17, CVC 28; Corner kicks — Her 4, CVC 6; Saves — Her 19, CVC 14 (Eli Black).