H.S. Highlights: Trojans break 6-year losing skid to CD
The last time the Chambersburg and Central Dauphin field hockey teams met, it was a blood bath - literally - with multiple Chambersburg players leaving the game due to injury, including one serious enough to sideline a top substitute for the rest of the season.
The already heightened intensity between these two Mid Penn Commonwealth squads, paired with Central Dauphin's 12-game winning streak against the Trojans, made Wednesday's game one for the books.
Chambersburg prevailed 1-0 over the Rams in overtime, thanks to a golden goal by Liza Ernst, breaking Central Dauphins six-year winning streak.
"Beating them this year was one of the goals the girls set for themselves at the beginning of the season," Chambersburg coach Jen Amsley said. "They pulled it off, and it is exciting to see that the kids are having fun and starting to believe in themselves."
The scoreboard remained blank after regulation, but Ernst wasted no time getting to the ball in the first overtime period. She intercepted a pass in the midfield, used her speed to drive down to the top right of the circle and smashed the ball to the right of Central Dauphin goalie Lydia Smeltz. She attempted a stop it with her glove, but the ball ricocheted off her and and into the cage for the game-winning goal.
"Her goal was sweet," Amsley said. "But it wouldn't have happened without the other girls."
Amsley credited the corner defense unit for keeping the game scoreless through regulation, as the Rams were given 12 penalty corner attempts, against Chambersburg's two.
Chambersburg goalie Ari Burke had nine saves.
McConnellsburg 2, Fannett-Metal 1 (2OT): Fannett-Metal's Mikell McGee found the back of the net in the first half off a penalty kick, but his lone goal was not enough to overcome McConnellsburg, who forced double overtime, and eventually came out with a 2-1 Sideling Hill League win.
Chad Bunch scored the game-winner with three minutes remaining in the second overtime period, assisted by Nic Culler, who had the equalizer in the second half. Landon Seiders assisted Culler's goal.
"My boys looked pretty sluggish tonight," McConnellsburg coach Cory Houck said. "And Fannett-Metal played a great game and had us on our heels for a good majority of the game."
McConnellsburg remains near-perfect on the season at 9-1-1 and 7-0-1 SHL. Fannett-Metal falls to 5-6, and 2-5 SHL.
Southern Fulton 3, Forbes Road 0: Three quick goals in the first half of a Sideling Hill League rivalry game lifted the Indians to a 3-0 win over Forbes Road (2-7, 1-6 SHL). Benjy Voight had a goal and two assists, while Cam McCray and Brooke Jordan also found the back of the net for Southern Fulton (7-4, 6-2 SHL). Chase Varner had two assists.
Boiling Springs 1, Greencastle-Antrim 0: Greencastle couldn't overcome an early lead taken by the Bubblers in the first half, falling 1-0 in a Mid Penn Colonial division game. MacKenzie Oberholzer had 12 saves for the Blue Devils (7-6, 6-3 MPC).
West Perry 7, Waynesboro 0: No other information was reported.
Hill 4, Mercersburg Academy 3: The Blue Storm fell 4-3 in a tough MAPL match against Hill, which claimed wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Mercersburg's Alexandria Zhukova had a decisive win at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-1, while Eliza Smith battled for a win at No. 5, 6-7 (10-4), 5-7, 6-2.