From staff reports
BELLEVILLE - Meadowbrook Christian scored the first goal early in the second half, and added another midway through the period before the home team got on the board, as the Lions edged Belleville Mennonite 2-1 in the second game of the Trojans' season-opening boys soccer tournament.
Belleville Mennonite faces Penns Valley, which lost the first game 5-0 to Halifax, in the consolation game today at 11 a.m.
"I thought we outplayed them at times, but then there were times they outplayed us," Belleville Mennonite coach Brian Renno said. "With the amount of shots that we had I'm disappointed that a few more didn't find the back of the net."
Renno said Meadowbrook benefited from two shots his team bounced off the cross bar, and from a handful of nice saves by goalie Caleb Cendanial. The Trojans got more shots off - 19-13 - but had trouble getting around a packed Meadowbrook defense.
The Lions had their troubles, too, as the game was scoreless at the half. But barely five minutes into the second, a deflection off Belleville Mennonite keeper Sammy Kauffman went to the side, where Marcus Betzer cleaned up and gave his team a lead it would never relinquish.
"That kind of gave them a little momentum in the second half," Renno said. "I thought we didn't play with a lot of urgency."
Nick Beaulieu had the lone score for the Trojans (0-1) off a feed from Noah Anders.
Juniata Mennonite 0,
New Covenant 0
MANSFIELD - Juniata Mennonite showed signs of improvement, but failed to win for the first time in three outings in the young season.
The Lions ended in a scoreless tie with Mansfield New Covenant Friday.
"It was very exciting," Juniata Mennonite coach Kurt Wagner said. "They had a shot right at the end of the game and we had a save to keep the tie."
Wagner said his team covered the midfield better, played more as a team and that four different players had shots on goal, "so we're distributing the ball a little better."
The Lions (2-0-1) host Northumberland Christian Tuesday.
Carlisle 4, Mifflin County 1
CARLISLE - Michaela DeBenedetto was the only match winner for Mifflin County as the Huskies struggled against Carlisle in a Commonwealth Division tennis match Friday.
And that was no walk in the park - DeBenedetto went three sets and had to win a tiebreaker in the third to take her match, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
Mifflin County (3-3, 1-2) is back home with State College Wednesday.
Hollidaysburg 19, Mifflin County 8. David Galbraith scored on a 22-yard pass from Alec Smith, who also ran for a two-point conversion. Mifflin County (0-1) travels to Williamsport Wednesday.