H.S. Highlights: McConnellsburg falls to unbeaten Everett
They say every winning streak has to come to an end.
Wednesday, the McConnellsburg boys soccer team's eight-game winning streak was struck down, 1-0, by Sideling Hill League rival Everett, which remains the only unbeaten team in the league.
The last time these two teams met, it was a battle into double overtime, which ended in a 2-2 draw for Everett's only blemish on its record.
This game wasn't much different, according to McConnellsburg coach Cory Houck, but this time, Everett scored early enough to gain an edge.
"They are just a fast, athletic team, and we knew it was going to be a good game and it was close," Houck said. "They really dominated the midfield in the first 30 minutes, but we made some formation adjustments and we had them on their heels. They just managed to score first. We had our chances."
After the mid-game adjustments, Brady Daniels moved up to spark the offense and nearly got it done for the Spartans (11-2-1, 8-1-1).
"We pushed Brady up and I thought he had a really nice chance to score, but their goalkeeper (Joseph Koontz) had a really nice save," Houck said.
Wednesday's game likely crowned Everett the Sideling Hill League champion, but McConnellsburg was ranked on top of District 5 Class A prior to the loss, and will likely keep the No. 1 seed with four games left in the regular season. Everett (12-0-1) is 2A.
Fannett-Metal 8, Northern Bedford 2: Mikell McGee added to his area-high scoring totals by pocketing six goals in a big win over the Panthers. He now has 31 goals and five assists. Matt Birgfeld and Frankie Ryder also had goals and Kyler Goshorn picked up three assists for the Tigers (7-6, 4-5 SHL).
Chestnut Ridge 2, Forbes Road 1: Forbes Road battled in a Sideling Hill game against Chestnut Ridge, but a goal in the final five minutes of play handed the Cardinals a 2-1 loss. Cole Kendall found the back of the net for Forbes Road (2-11, 1-9 SHL) midway through the second half to even the score at one, but Adam Frankenberry scored late for Ridge. Kendall's goal was assisted by Talon Blair.
Greencastle-Antrim 3, Waynesboro 0: After falling 7-0 in the team's last meeting, Waynesboro put up a better fight against Greencastle in a Mid Penn Colonial game, but the Maidens' efforts fell short in a 3-0 loss to the Blue Devils (9-7, 7-4 MPC). Rachel Marconi assisted two of Greencastle's three goals, while Alexis Dougherty, Lauren Cole and Bryanna Conway scored.
"We took care of securing the win today that puts us one step closer to a spot in districts," Greencastle coach Rebecca Rice said. "Waynesboro has improved since we last saw them and it took us until the second half to really work together as a team and put the ball in the cage."
Waynesboro falls to 1-11-1, and 0-8-1 in the Mid Penn Colonial.
Windber 5, McConnellsburg 0: Despite throwing 12 shots on goal, the Lady Spartans could not find the back of the net in a non-league loss to Windber. Kellyn Perry allowed five goals on 15 shots. McConnellsburg falls to 7-4-1.