LANCASTER - Landon Sheaffer scored two goals and added an assist as East Juniata won its Tri-Valley League boys soccer opener, 4-0 over Lancaster Country Day Thursday.
Tigers coach Don Troutman said he was happier with the way his team played at the end of the game than the beginning. Sheaffer scored the first goal late in the opening half and that was it before the break.
"We were not stellar in the first half," Troutman admitted. "We came out and played much better soccer in the second half," with crisper passing and better trapping, he said.
Nick Lorenz added a goal and an assist. Sheaffer, working with Devin Goodling, has been the go-to guy thus far in the young season, though, something Troutman attributed to the team's willingness to get the ball to the two scoring players.
"He and Devin working together up top have been a great combination for us," Troutman said.
East Juniata also won the JV game, 3-0.
East Juniata (2-1, 1-0) will have to get ready for rivalry mode Monday, when the Tigers host Greenwood.
Forbes Road 1, Belleville Mennonite 0
WATERFALL - The Belleville Mennonite boys soccer team had plenty of shots on goal Thursday at Forbes Road, but it wasn't enough to pull out the win as the Trojans took a 1-0 loss.
In fact, even though Forbes Road got the win, its one goal came with a bit of luck - James Kendall scored when a kick from the Trojan defense ricocheted off him and into the net.
Belleville Mennonite outshot Forbes Road 23-6, but was never quite able to find the back of the net.
"We're still trying to find it," Belleville Mennonite coach Brian Renno said of his team's offense. "I thought we moved the ball well. The first 20 minutes of the game we were inside the 18 on numerous occasions, but were not able to put a solid foot on the ball."
The Trojans (1-2) host Ligonier Valley Monday.
Juniata 2, Upper Dauphin 1
ELIZABETHVILLE - After a 4-0 loss to Halifax on Tuesday night, the Juniata boys soccer team traveled to Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin looking for a win, and that's exactly what the Indians got.
Taking a 2-1 win against Upper Dauphin, Juniata moved to 1-1 in the TVL.
Juniata entered the second half trailing Upper Dauphin by one goal, but after seven minutes of play in the second half, Juniata's Jose Lopez found the back of the net to tie the game. The Indians then sealed the win when Chantz Imes notched the last goal for the game at the 66-minute mark.
"We had a lot to work on," said Juniata coach Clint Brackbill, who had been disappointed with his club's teamwork during its last game, but this time around Brackbill was much more pleased with what he saw.
"We worked on a lot of stuff, and they guys responded really well. We had a much better team effort," he said.
Juniata (1-1, 1-1) hosts Central Mountain Monday.
Greenwood 12, Line Mountain 0
HERNDON - Greenwood's boys soccer team scored six goals in the first half of its Tri-Valley League bout with Line Mountain.
But the Wildcats weren't finished. They rattled off six more tallies en route to a 12-0 win over the Eagles.
"We knew we had them outmanned," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. "We played it the proper way though."
Jarrett Fortenbaugh and Josh Ferguson combined for seven goals on the afternoon. The Wildcats outshot Line Mountain 20-4. The Greenwood starters only played about 30 minutes, Magill said.
"It was a good opportunity for the second team to get some playing time," he said. "We'll see some better competition Saturday."
Greenwood (1-0, 1-0 TVL) travels to the Governor Mifflin tournament Saturday.
Mifflin County Christian 2, Watsontown Christian 0
SHINDLE - Jay God scored a pair of unanswered goals to lift Mifflin County Christian over Watsontown Christian, 2-1, Thursday in boys soccer action.
Watsontown took a lead in the 30th minute of the first half when Seth Mack found the net. But God delivered with a goal just before the first-half horn sounded.
The second goal for Mifflin County Christian also came off of God's foot with 10 minutes remaining in the match to seal the win.
The Eagles (1-1) will play Blair County Monday.
Meadowbrook Christian 1, Juniata Mennonite 0
MILTON - Meadowbrook Christian's Garrett Gessner scored just five minutes into the second half to down Juniata Mennonite, 1-0, in boys soccer action Thursday.
Juniata Mennonite failed to get a shot on goal in the first half. But the Lions began to play well when the game was called midway through the second half due to lightning strikes.
"We played really well on defense," Juniata Mennonite coach Kurt Wagner said. "All four guys on the back played excellent."
Juniata Mennonite (2-2-1) travels to Bloomsburg Christian Monday.
Cumberland Valley 10, Mifflin County 1
MECHANICSBURG - Mifflin County freshman Alexis Kibe scored her first career goal as the Huskies lost to Cumberland Valley, 10-1, in Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Division action Thursday.
Kibe found the back of the net in the second half.
"She got her first start as a striker for us tonight and scored," Mifflin County coach Steven DeArment said. "In a game that's kind of tough to take it's nice to have a bright spot like that to take away from the game."
The Huskies JV team lost 9-0.
Mifflin County (0-2, 0-2 Mid-Penn) travels to Red Land Saturday.
Meadowbrook Christian 7, Juniata Mennonite 1
MILTON - Juniata Mennonite was able to get on the board early in the second half but it wasn't enough as it fell to Meadowbrook Christian, 7-1, in Allegheny Christian Athletic Association girls soccer.
Lauren Breon got tripped in the box and nailed a penalty kick with 31 minutes remaining in the second half.
"Getting that one was real nice," Lions coach Trish Hoffman said. "That gave us some momentum to give us some more shots."
The score was 6-0 before Juniata Mennonite was able to find the net.
"Our defense just wasn't working well together," Hoffman said. "We got most of our shots on goal in the second."
Juniata Mennonite (2-2) travels to Bloomsburg Christian Monday.
East Juniata 9, York Country Day 0
YORK - The East Juniata field hockey team came out roaring in its season opener to take a 9-0 win over York Country Day Thursday afternoon.
East Juniata senior Marisa Dunn and junior Alleighcia Hepner each contributed to the Tigers' offensive blowout with a hat trick.
The Tigers' coach, Billie Haines, said that originally she was worried about the level of aggression her team would play with, but this was not an issue throughout the game.
"We came out right away and got on the board with not just one goal but three from our senior Marisa Dunn," Haines said.
But it wasn't just Dunn's performance that pleased Haines. Haines also pointed out that her midfielders played a strong game, the team's passing looked good, and the team's nine goals were scored by five different players.
"As a coach you want to be able to see multiple people score. It's just so exciting to start the season like this," Haines said.
East Juniata (1-0) travels to Greenwood Tuesday.
Midd-West 3, Central Columbia 2
BLOOMSBURG - Midd-West didn't fold when challenged twice in field hockey Thursday. The Mustangs overcame the challenge twice for a 3-2 win over Central Columbia in a Heartland interdivisional game.
Candace Hackenberg put away the game winner with just four seconds left on the clock. That was after the Blue Jays tied the game in the 52nd minute of play.
"I was really pleased with how they came out in the second half and attacked. We finally put some goals on the board," Midd-West coach Mandi Romig said. And after the tying goal, "We didn't put our heads down - we kept playing to the very, very end."
Katelyn Walter and Brenee Kratzer scored the earlier goals to give the Mustangs their first lead.
Central Columbia won the JV contest, 1-0.
Midd-West (1-1, 0-1) hosts Warrior Run Saturday.
Belleville Mennonite 1, Southern Huntingdon 0
BELLEVILLE - Having a small - and almost entirely new - team wasn't too big a setback for Belleville Mennonite Thursday. The Trojans won their field hockey opener, 1-0 over Southern Huntingdon.
Hannah Templeton scored the goal off a serve from Grace Peachey near the midpoint of the second half. The game was called not long after that due to lightning.
Neither team dominated offensively, Belleville Mennonite coach Glenna Young said.
"It was pretty much payed in the center of the field," she said. "Our defense, with players that weren't necessarily varsity last year, was outstanding. Kids that are new this year did a great job. They just kept it out of the circle."
The Trojans (1-0) host Juniata Monday.
Bellwood-Antis 3, Mount Union 1
BELLWOOD - The Mount Union volleyball team came out strong to win the first game in its league match up at Bellwood-Antis, but that momentum wasn't enough to pull the Trojans through for a win and they ended up with a 3-1 loss.
"The first game was pretty much back and forth," said Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick, explaining that the teams switched service of the ball often in the first game.
"Overall it was our best game," McCormick said. The Trojans won that game 25-21.
In the second and third games, Mount Union had trouble offensively.
"We had trouble setting up our offense, and I think that caused some communication issues, kind of rattled us a little bit," McCormick said.
Mount Union (1-1, 0-1) travels to Penns Valley on Monday.
Midd-West 331, East Juniata 347, Newport 367, Millersburg 381
MIDDLEBURG - Adam Winey fired a match-low 74 to lead Midd-West to a win over Tri-Valley League teams East Juniata, Newport and Millersburg Thursday at Shade Mountain.
Blake Zechman shot the only other score in the 70s with a 77. Shane Connahan's 89 and Ryan Kerstetter's 91 finished off the scoring for Midd-West.
East Juniata's Colton Fogleman and Jeremy Pannebaker each shot an 84 to lead the Tigers to a second place finish and a 347 score. This was East Juniata's first loss of the season. Dillon Leonard shot an 88 and Grant Leonard shot a 91.
"All four of those guys played well," East Juniata coach Mike Zendt said. "Colton and Jeremy each had a chance to play in the 70s."
East Juniata (11-1, 6-0 TVL) travels to Newport Tuesday. Midd-West travels to Montoursville Monday.
9th grade: Huntingdon 20, Mount Union 12. Shakeer Walker had a 68-yard TD run and a 95-yard interception returned for a TD.
7th and 8th grade: Huntingdon 36, Mount Union 6.
8th and 9th grade: Juniata 47, Penns Valley 8.
7th grade: Mifflin County 24, Bald Eagle Area 8. Trent Hidlay had a 2-yard TD run and a 7-yard TD pass to Davis Wagner. Cole Baker had a 60-yard TD run and a 55-yard TD pass to Cade Shoemaker. Mifflin County (1-0) hosts Altoona Tuesday.
East Juniata 6, York Country Day 1. Goals by Trevor Goodling (3 assists), Trent Watts, Adam Finkbiner, Evan Watts, Clay Sheaffer and Gabe Coder. East Juniata (1-0) travels to Greenwood Monday.
Juniata 27, Halifax 15. Josie Swartz was high scorer with 12.
8th grade: East Juniata 23, Greenwood 21. Laurel Amey was high scorer with eight points. East Juniata (1-0) plays Halifax Tuesday.
7th grade: East Juniata 22, Greenwood 9. Haley Lash was high scorer with six points. East Juniata (1-0) plays Halifax Tuesday.