LEWISBERRY >> The Chambersburg girls soccer team continued its strong start on Monday afternoon by handing Mid Penn Commonwealth Division opponent Red Land a 3-1 defeat.
"Coming to Red Land in recent history hasn't always produced a result we left proud of," Trojan coach Eric Guyer said, "so it's great for the girls to be able to come here and get a victory."
Cirsten Kelly got Chambersburg (4-2-1, 3-1 MPC) on the board first, on a pass from Isabella Weigel, then the Patriots (2-3, 1-3 MPC) tied the game on Jamie Carlson's goal.
But 1:45 before the first half ended, Trojan freshman Gabriella Lecuona broke the tie when she collected a 50-50 ball near midfield, beat a defender and rifled a shot past Red Land goalkeeper Katie Korovac.
Guyer said, "Gabby did an outstanding job in her first varsity start, which ended up being on defense because of an injury to Liz Bishop. She and Lauren Ocker showed their speed today, and our midfield was able to possess the ball and work with our forwards to get some great scoring chances."
In the second half, a corner kick taken by Lecuona was knocked in by Cari Pasierb for a clinching goal.
"Although Izzy (Weigel) didn't score, she had several shots that were denied by nice saves from the Red Land keeper," Guyer said. "And she worked some nice combination passes with the midfielders."
Trojan keeper Megan Cottingham was responsible for nine saves.
Chambersburg 3, Red Land 1
First half — (C) Cirsten Kelly, asst. Isabelle Weigel, 12:52, (RL) Jamie Carlson, asst. Savannah Metz, 27:41, (C) Gabriella Lecuona, 38:15.
Second half — (C) Cari Pasierb, asst. Lecuona, 69:41.
Shots — Chbg 18, RL 15; Corner kicks — Chbg 2, RL 4; Saves — Chbg 9 (Megan Cottingham), RL 10 (Katie Korovac).
JAMES BUCHANAN 2, MCCONNELLSBURG 0 >> James Buchanan's defense posted a shutout and Kayla Snider had a hand in both goals as the Rockets captured a non-league victory.
After a scoreless first half, Madison Peck scored for the Rockets (6-4) with 28:10 left in the game, on an assist by Snider, who then iced the game with 1:17 remaining.
JB out-shot the Spartans (2-5) 25-3, and McConnellsburg keeper Kellyn Perry was forced to make 23 saves in a gallant effort.
"Perry did well in the goal for them," Rockets coach Terry Appleby said. "She was bombarded and made some great saves. We dominated play and they packed it in. We had lots of opportunities; the one thing we were lacking was finishing, and that takes time to learn."
Nina Shatzer made three saves to send the Spartans to their third straight shutout defeat.
James Buchanan 2 McConnellsburg 0
Second half — (JB) Madison Peck, asst. Kayla Snider, 28:10, (JB) Snider, 1:17.
Shots — McC 3, JB 25; Corner kicks — McC 0, JB 3; Saves — McC 23 (Kellyn Perry), JB 3 (Nina Shatzer).
MECHANICSBURG 2, WAYNESBORO 0 >> Kyra Skurcenski scored a pair of goals in the second half to lift Mechanicsburg over Waynesboro in a non-league tilt.
The Wildcats (5-3) out-shot the Maidens (6-2-1) 15-8. Waynesboro keeper Taylor Welty made 12 saves.
Mechanicsburg 2, Waynesboro 0
Second half — (M) Kyra Skurcenski, 45th minute, (M) Skurcenski, asst. Emma Strong, 68th.
Shots — Way 8, Mech 15; Corner kicks — Way 1, Mech 4; Saves — Way 12 (Taylor Welty), Mech 6 (Lindsey Costello).