Player of the day
Clay Hain, Elco
Some guys play soccer for years and never record a hat trick. Elco's Clay Hain got one in the first half on Wednesday night and didn't stop there.
Hain tallied a staggering five goals to lift the Raiders to a 6-3 win over Lancaster Catholic under the lights in Myerstown on Wednesday night. Hain's efforts helped Elco improve to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Section Three.
Game of the day
Northern Lebanon girls soccer 3, Annville-Cleona 0
The Northern Lebanon girls soccer program has struggled in recent years, but the Vikings unquestionably got 2016 off to a good start by blanking Annville-Cleona 3-0 in a Section Three opener in Fredericksburg on Wednesday night.
Now 1-1 overall, NL was led by Bri Seip's two goals, and also got a score from Cassiah Ray en route to the shutout win. Jess Batz added two assists to the win, and Jenna Wentling also had a helper for the Vikings.
Holly Rittle picked up the win in goal with six saves, and Anna Soliday stopped four shots in a losing cause for A-C, now 1-1 overall and 0-1 in Section Three.
Lancaster Mennonite 7, Lebanon Catholic 0
The Blazers erupted for five first-half goals on the way to the easy win over Catholic in this Section Three opener. Nate Hatzfeld stopped 17 shots in goal in a losing cause for the Beavers.
Elco 6, Lancaster Catholic 3
Hain scored his five goals and Evan Gettler added a score of his own as Elco blew past the Crusaders in a Section Three opener. Mason Bennetch helped the cause with a pair of assists, and Adam Omar and Alex Puglio added one helper apiece.
Elco 4, Lancaster Catholic 0
In Lancaster, two goals from Julia Nelson was the catalyst for Elco in its Section Three opener. Jenna Olivero and Emily Bidelspach also scored for the Raiders, who improved to 3-0 overall.
Lancaster Mennonite 13, Lebanon Catholic 0
In Lancaster, the Beavers absorbed a thorough beating from perennial power Mennonite , which racked up six goals in the first half and kept pouring it on from there.
Conestoga Valley 2, Cedar Crest 1 (OT)
At Earl Boltz Stadium, the Falcons dropped an OT heart-breaker when CV knocked in the game-winner 13:32 into the extra session.
Emily Peters tallied the lone Cedar Crest goal off an assist from Kathleen Steckbeck.
Elco 2, Governor Mifflin 0
In Myerstown, the Raiders picked up their first win of the season, blanking the Mustangs behind goals from Abbie Keath and Katie Fields.
Cherish Weaver and Hannah Williams chipped in with assists for the Raiders (1-1) and Kendra Bicksler earned the shutout with five saves.
Palmyra 5, Mechanicsburg 0
At In The Net, Jess Dembrowski's hat trick kept Palmyra stay unbeaten in the early going at 2-0. Katelyn Mark and Kylie Bomgardner also scored for Palmyra, which enjoyed an 11-2 edge in shots.
Cheyenne Sprecher and Ava Kristich combined on the shutout, with Kristich facing and stopping both Mechanicsburg shots.
Lancaster Catholic 3, Northern Lebanon 1
In Fredericksburg, the Vikings got a goal from Heather Wolfe and 11 saves from Hannah Whitman, but it wasn't enough to keep the visiting Crusaders from opening Section Three play in victorious fashion. Northern Lebanon fell to 0-3 in the early going.
Lancaster Mennonite 7, Lebanon 0
Paige Keener scored four times as Mennonite made short work of the Cedars in Lancaster.
Central Dauphin East 3, Elco 2
In Harrisburg, the Raiders dropped a tough five-setter despite a big night from Carli Sholl, who finished with 13 kills and six digs.