F-F H.S. Highlights: McConnellsburg wins 7th straight
McConnellsburg reeled off its seventh straight victory in boys soccer with a 4-0 victory over Southern Fulton in Sideling Hill League action Monday afternoon.
The Indians (8-5, 6-3 SHL) saw their own four-game streak come to an end with the loss.
It was an offensive showdown with the teams combining for 33 shots, but the Spartans (11-1-1, 8-0-1 SHL) had the clear advantage from the start.
Just three minutes into the game, Nic Culler struck first with an assist from Landon Seiders. With five minutes left in the first half, McConnellsburg added to that lead with unassisted tallies from Seiders and Ethan Barclay.
Seiders added an insurance goal for the Spartans early in the second half. Hunter Souders finished with six saves to preserve the shutout.
For Southern Fulton, Colby Whiteside finished with three saves.
Chambersburg 4, CD East 0: Gabriella Lecuona tallied a pair of goals and had an assist to power Chambersburg over the Panthers. The Trojans (5-9) are now 4-1 in non-league games.
“In the second half we were using the width of the field to possess the ball,” Chambersburg coach Ed Franchi said. “We probably controlled it 80 to 20 percent.”
Also for the Trojans, Lauren Ocker and Ashley Bawell each scored their first goals of the season, while Bawell, Layne Kimple and Cari Pasierb earned assists.
Franchi said, “I thought our outside backs (Emily Mort and Kimple) played really well and were available for passes back to them. And we did a lot better job of winning the 50-50 balls that allowed us to keep the ball in our offensive end.”
Bermudian Springs 3, James Buchanan 1: Derek Pine had the lone goal of the game for James Buchanan in a non-league loss to Bermudian Springs. The Rockets (4-10) finished with 10 shots, but couldn’t get any more in the back of the net.
Fannett-Metal 5, Forbes Road 1: The up-and-down season continued for Fannett-Metal with a Sideling Hill League win over Forbes Road. The Tigers (6-6, 3-5 SHL) have neither lost nor won more than two games in a row this season. Mikell McGee scored all five goals for F-M. After a 1-1 first half, McGee exploded for four second-half tallies. Kyler Goshorn recorded two assists. Owen Gilbert had a fine performance in net for Forbes Road (2-8, 1-7 SHL), finishing with 10 saves. Aaron Schepis had the lone goal.
Shalom Christian 2, Faith 1: It was another narrow victory for Shalom Christian in Mason-Dixon Christian Conference action against Faith Christian. The Flames (14-2, 12-2 MDCC) have won six one-goal games. Jonah Stains had both tallies for Shalom, and both of them came in the first half. Flames goalkeeper Travis West made them stand up with a four-save performance.
“Aside from a few mistakes, I thought this game was one of our best in terms of stepping to the ball, controlling possession and combination passing,” Shalom coach Chris Lehman said. “I like how we moved off the ball into open space tonight.”
Boiling Springs 3, Shippensburg 1: Despite trailing by just a goal after the first half, Shippensburg suffered a Mid Penn Colonial Division loss at the hands of Boiling Springs. Kara Newell scored the lone goal of the game for the Lady Hounds (5-11, 3-7 MPC) with an assist from Lexi Reese. Ship goalkeeper Hannah Pletcher stopped 11 shots.
Greencastle 3, West Perry 0: Keri Gearhart had a stellar performance for Greencastle-Antrim in a non-league win over West Perry. Gearhart finished with 17 kills in the three-set match and added five digs. Rachel Verhoef added seven kills, and Chloe McKenzie was right behind with six. Gabby Baughman smacked eight aces.
Gettysburg 3, James Buchanan 0: Gettysburg got the best of James Buchanan in a non-league match. The Rockets (10-5) came up just short in the final set, falling 29-27. Once again, Tyana Quivers filled the stat sheet, finishing with six kills, seven digs, five aces and a pair of blocks. Jenna Mongold had nine digs and seven assists, and Sarah Blair had eight digs and eight assists.
Cumb. Valley Christian 3, Fannett-Metal 0: Now on a four-match win streak, Cumberland Valley Christian came up with one of its most dominating wins of the season in a non-league match against Fannett-Metal. The Tigers (1-15) finished with 16 points or fewer in all three sets. CV Christian (10-8) had a well-balanced offense in the win. Ashley Winters paced the team with seven kills, while Taylor Heck, Hunter Timmons and Tahra Kennedy contributed six apiece. Katie Rosenberry had three kills, a dig and two assists for F-M.
Shalom Christian 3, Carroll Christian 0: Posting its third straight victory, Shalom Christian improved with each set in a non-league defeat of Carroll Christian. The Flames (13-3) allowed 17, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Haley Bricker was the top hitter for Shalom, finishing with 13 kills, while Kylie Eby helped out with 23 assists.
Chambersburg 0, Bishop McDevitt 0: Chambersburg and Bishop McDevitt went the distance in a non-league game, and they had to settle for a tie. The Trojans (7-6-1) dominated the shot count, 16-3, and earned 16 penalty corners compared to just two for the Crusaders.
Newport 6, Forbes Road 1: Olivia Hall scored the game’s first goal, but that was all she wrote for Forbes Road in a non-league loss to Newport. The Cardinals (9-4) managed just four shots on goal and had only one penalty corner. Goalie Zoe Cutchall finished with 14 saves.