It came down to defense on Tuesday night, and it was Greencastle-Antrim’s boys soccer team that got the best of Boiling Springs in a Mid Penn Colonial Division matchup.
With a 2-1 win, the Blue Devils remain undefeated and are three games into their defense of the Colonial Division title.
Greencastle (3-0, 3-0 MPC) struck first when Luke Herman controlled a pass from Kaleb Hurley down the left flank. Herman beat his defender before sending a pass in front to Brandon Stuhler, who buried his shot.
The Bubblers tied it up before the end of the first half, but again, Herman played hero. In the second half, a Blue Devil throw-in rebounded around the box until Herman collected it at the top of the 18 and hit a shot into the far corner.
“We had a lot of opportunities on throw-ins that we just didn’t capitalize on,” G-A coach Scott Gelsinger said. “Finally, Luke hit a great shot. Also, their keeper made some real nice saves. Both teams played very good defense tonight, and most of the game was played in the middle of the field.”
Chambersburg 3, Carlisle 0: A well-versed offense helped Chambersburg come away with a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division victory over Carlisle.
After securing a first-set victory, 25-22, the Trojans (2-1, 1-1 MPC) eked out a 26-24 win in Set 2, and pulled away for a 25-18 win in Set 3. Haylee Holsopple led Chambersburg’s balanced offense with 10 kills, while Erin Lightfoot (8 kills), Ally Davis (6) and Bailee Nitterhouse (5) were all big contributors.
The Trojan defense was equally as unstoppable, with four players finishing with 10 or more digs. Danessa Martin led the way with 18, while Jenna Lombardozzi was right behind with 17. Laken Myers and Nitterhouse each contributed 10.
“This was a good win for us,” Chambersburg assistant coach Bobby Culler said. “We showed a lot of character fighting back in the first and second set. We played to win and with a lot of confidence tonight.”
Chambersburg 5, New Oxford 1: Chambersburg’s overwhelming offense was too much for New Oxford to handle in a non-league game, as the Trojans (2-2) outshot the Colonials 36-1. Yohan Sebastien had a pair of goals, while Griffin Redding had two assists.
Shippensburg 3, Big Spring 2: Kyle Neagley netted the game-winner for the Greyhounds late in the second half of a Mid Penn Colonial battle with Big Spring, lifting Shippensburg (2-3, 1-2 MPC) to a victory. Ian Weikel and Hunter Gladfelter tallied goals in the first half.
Cumberland Valley Christian 2, Faith 1: Sterling Bard played hero Tuesday, scoring the game-winning goal in the 66th minute of a 2-1 MDCC victory over Faith. Eric Woo tied the game late in the first half for the Flames (2-3, 2-3 MDCC) after Matt Holt of Faith scored in the 26th minute.
Shalom Christian 2, Grace 1, 2 OT: Peter Livermore scored just one minute into the second overtime period to lift Shalom Christian to a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference victory over Grace Academy. Jonah Stains had a goal and an assist for the Flames (6-0, 5-0 MDCC).
“What an outstanding game by both sides,” Shalom coach Chris Lehman said. “Credit goes to our defensive back four and goalie who played an excellent game, and our finish in the second OT was a great passing series from our forwards and midfielders.”
Boiling Springs 2, Greencastle-Antrim 0: A slow start doomed Greencastle after letting Boiling Springs take a 2-0 lead in a Mid Penn Colonial matchup to eventually decide the game. Jenay Faulkner had 12 saves for the Blue Devils (1-3, 1-2 MPC).
Shippensburg 2, Big Spring 1, 2 OT: Amber Orndorff was the hero for Shippensburg in a Mid Penn Colonial Division win over Big Spring, when she scored in double overtime. The Lady Hounds are now 2-4 (1-2 MPC).
McConnellsburg 1, Chestnut Ridge 1: After Chestnut Ridge took a one-goal lead in the first half of a Sideling Hill League game, Jensen Boehme came back to tie the game for McConnellsburg (1-0-1, 0-0-1 SHL), and eventually force the game into overtime. But after two scoreless overtime periods, the teams settled for a draw.
Forbes Road 9, Mercersburg 1: Forbes Road continued its high-scoring season with a 9-0 non-league victory over Mercersburg Academy. McKenzie Gelvin scored five goals for the Cardinals, while Forbes Road (2-2) bombarded Mercersburg’s defense, sending 30 shots at Blue Storm goalie Kate Frimet.
Greencastle-Antrim 3, Mechanicsburg 0: Greencastle swept Mechanicsburg in a Mid Penn Keysone Division match, 25-16, 25-19, 25-12. Keri Gearhart led with 10 kills, and also had five digs and four aces. Gabby Baughman had nine digs, 25 assists and five aces for the Blue Devils (2-2, 1-1 MPC).
Trinity 3, James Buchanan 0: James Buchanan got better and better as the night went on, but it didn’t result in a Mid Penn Capital Division victory. The Rockets scored 9, 19 and 20 points, respectively. Tyana Quivers had four kills, while Rachel Manikowski added three.
Hershey 3, Shippensburg 0: The offense for Shippensburg just wasn’t clicking in a Mid Penn Keystone loss to Hershey. The Lady Hounds (0-2, 0-2 MPC) did not score more than 20 points in a set. Eva Nye had three kills, while Kim Braet finished with a trio of digs.
Mount Union 3, Fannett-Metal 0: Mount Union picked up its defensive efforts to take down Fannett-Metal in a non-league match. Emily Metcalfe led the Tigers (1-3) with eight kills and six digs.
Grace 3, Shalom Christian 2: Despite a very well-rounded defense, Shalom Academy suffered its first loss of the young season. Lauren Stains led the Flames (4-1, 3-1 MDCC) with 19 digs, while Paige Hoover (17 digs), Bethany Blank (16) and Haley Bricker (12) were all big contributors. Bricker paced the offense with 13 kills.
Cumberland Valley Christian 3, Faith Christian 1: Cumberland Valley Christian claimed an MDCC victory in four sets over Faith Christian 25-17, 23-25, 25-8, 25-18. Mackenzie Householder had an astounding 10 aces, and had 22 assists. Hunter Timmons had eight kills to lead the flames, and Brianna Miley had 10 digs.
Hollidaysburg 3, Mercersburg Academy 2: Despite two close singles victories, the Blue Storm (0-1) fell to Hollidaysburg in a non-league match 3-2. Ale Escalante defeated Veronica Helsel 6-2, 7-5 in a No. 1 singles match, while Alexandra Zhukova won 6-4, 6-4 over Helen Rose at No. 3 singles.
Boys cross country
Chambersburg 26, Mifflin County 29; Chambersburg 19, CD East 44: Although Chambersburg sailed passed CD East in a Mid Penn Commonwealth division tri-meet, the Trojans worked for a MPC win over Mifflin County, beating the Huskies by just three points. Andrew Feldman broke the tape for Chambersburg (2-0, 2-0 MPC) in 18:01, followed by Trentin Overcash (18:17) and Quin Mangan (18:26).
Chambersburg boys coach John Ambrosio said his three team captains, Feldman, Quin Mangan and Ian Mangan (9th overall, 18:58) sealed the victory by “out-kicking the Mifflin County competitors.”
Waynesboro 23, Boiling Springs 32: Waynesboro took the top three spots in a Mid Penn Colonial Division defeat of Boiling Springs. Chris Maichle won the race in 17:42, while Marcus Cooley (17:59) and Ethan Lohman (18:00) rounded out the top three for the Indians (3-0, 3-0 MPC).
James Buchanan 24, Big Spring 32: Alex Giffin and Dalton Leab were the top two finishers for James Buchanan en route to a Mid Penn Colonial Division victory over Big Spring. Giffin and Leab both clocked in at 18:23 for the Rockets (3-1, 2-1 MPC).
Girls cross country
Chambersburg 21, CD East 36; Chambersburg 16, Mifflin County 46: The Chambersburg girls team started the season off on the right foot with a Mid Penn Commonwealth tri-meet win over CD East and Mifflin County, boasting the area’s best top-three team in Abby Yourkavitch (1st, 20:49), Kaylee Mowery (2nd, 20:49), Cadie Kiser (3rd, 20:49).
Although coach Chris Monheim said there are major gaps between his top five runners, it was nice to get the first two wins of the season out of the way.
“Anna DeGrange, one of our freshman, did a great job for us,” Monheim said. “She placed fourth for us today (6th overall, 22:50). She’s been really consistent.”
Boiling Springs 21, Waynesboro 34: Virginia Cooley was the Maidens’ top runner in an MPC Colonial Division loss to Boiling Springs. Cooley finished in 22:57 for fourth overall. Lindsey Bricker was fifth in 23:07.
Big Spring 17, James Buchanan 46: The top finisher for James Buchanan (1-3, 0-3 MPC) in a loss to Big Spring was Sarah Kimmel, who placed fourth overall in 24:18.