CHAMBERSBURG - It was certainly a defensive battle as Mifflin County hit the road to take on Chambersburg in Mid-Penn Conference girls soccer Thursday.
It took 92 minutes into the Huskies' fifth game of the season, but Mifflin County was finally able to pull through. The locals rolled out of Chambersburg with a 2-1 Commonwealth Division victory in double overtime.
"We played well defensively all night and we were very organized in the back," Mifflin County coach Steven DeArment said. "We had to stick to the plan."
That's exactly what the Huskies did.
Mifflin County's Kaitlyn Eckley found some space in the middle just two minutes into the second overtime. She sidestepped a defender and let it fly from about 25 yards out. The Huskies had their first win.
"They were ecstatic," DeArment said of his girls reaction. "It's been a tough start to the season. These teams are super talented. To be able to go on the road in the Mid-Penn like this and get a win it really boosts their confidence."
Mackenzie Sweitzer scored Mifflin County's first goal with 12 minutes gone in the second half.
Mifflin County (1-4, 1-4) hosts State College Tuesday.
Danville 2, Midd-West 1
MIDDLEBURG - Danville's Siobhan Bross scored a pair of unassisted goals to upend Midd-West, 2-0, in Heartland Conference Division 1 girls soccer action Thursday in Middleburg.
Bross scored with 3:15 to play in the first half. She got the Ironmen on the board again 10 minutes into the second.
"I wasn't disappointed in our loss tonight," Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said. "It's early and I know we have work to do. We'll just focus on that and get ready for the next one."
Midd-West won the JV game 1-0.
Midd-West (3-1, 2-1 HAC) hosts Bellefonte Saturday.
Juniata 1, Millersburg 0
MILLERSBURG - It took nearly 74 minutes of play, but Juniata finally cashed in.
The Indians got a goal from Brand Brackbill with just over six minutes to play to take down Millersburg, 1-0, in Tri-Valley League action Thursday.
In a game that featured only 13 total shots, it was Juniata's control of the ball in the second half that led to the deciding goal.
"I thought we played well," Juniata coach Clint Brackbill said. "We came out a little sluggish and we're getting there."
Brand Brackbill took a give and go from the Juniata midfield and he beat the keeper high for the win.
"We were controlling the midfield and had an opening," Clint Brackbill said. "We had been pressing and it was nice to get that one."
Millersburg won the JV game.
Juniata ( 3-2, 2-2 TVL) hosts Line Mountain Thursday.
East Juniata 5, Upper Dauphin 1
COCOLAMUS - Upper Dauphin scored a goal on its only shot of the game. East Juniata didn't have quite that high a percentage, but when you take 35 tries at the net, you only need to hit so many.
The Tigers got five past the goalie, winning the Tri-Valley League boys soccer game 5-1.
East Juniata coach Don Troutman said the lone tally by the visitors wasn't really keeper Adam Strawser's fault.
"We passed it back to him at a very inopportune time," Troutman said. "He didn't even touch the ball in the second half."
He said the Tigers began by lacking intensity, not the high pressure offense he preaches.
"We weren't making real good decisions with our shot selection," he said. "The second half we played much, much better."
Multiple points went to Ben Auker and Nick Lorenz with two saves apiece, and to freshman Jake Sankey, who scored two in the contest.
"He scored two really nice goals tonight," Troutman said.
East Juniata also won the JV game, 1-0.
The Tigers (5-1, 4-0) host Lancaster Country Day today.
Belleville Mennonite 4, Columbia County Christian 1
BLOOMSBURG - Belleville Mennonite got a pair of goals each from Jung Kim and Andrew Miller en route to a 4-1 boys soccer win Thursday over Columbia County Christian.
Kim hit a strike six minutes into the match to put the Trojans up 1-0. That was it for the scoring in the first half.
"I thought we played well in the midfield today," Belleville Mennonite coach Brian Renno said. "It was nice to get that one right at the beginning."
Kim added his second goal just two minutes into the second half. From there, Miller found the net twice to put the game away for Belleville Mennonite.
"We moved the ball pretty well," Renno said. "I thought Jung played a really good game today. It was nice to see him get in the scoring column."
Belleville Mennonite (3-2) travels to York Christian School Saturday.
Selinsgrove 4, Midd-West 2
SELINSGROVE - Midd-West came within a goal after trailing Selinsgrove by two twice, but the first and fourth goals by the Seals did in the Mustangs in a Heartland Conference boys soccer match, which Selinsgrove won 4-2.
Three goals were scored across a span of seven minutes early in the first, with the initial Seals' goal looking like it was punched, not kicked, into the goal, Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said.
"The first goal was a killer. It was unfortunate," Sauer said. "That really took a lot of air out of us."
Tyler Arbogast brought his team back to a single-goal deficit, but the Seals put another one away before Trevor Stuck scored the last for the Mustangs.
"The second half we had them under pressure and had a lot of good chances," Sauer said, but the lone tally put the home team ahead by two for good.
Selinsgrove also won the JV game, 1-0.
Midd-West (3-3, 2-2) hosts Lewisburg Monday.
Greenwood 5, Halifax 0
HALIFAX - Coming off a 4-0 win over Upper Dauphin on Tuesday, the Greenwood boys soccer team notched is second shutout in a row when the Wildcats topped Tri-Valley League foe Halifax 5-0 on Thursday.
"This was a much more quality win.," said Greenwood coach Tom Magill.
"We kind of got going right from the beginning. (Halifax) hadn't lost yet, so it was a nice win for us. We got a contribution out of everybody."
It was 2-0 going into the half, but Greenwood really ran away with the game after the boys notched three more goals for a final score of 5-0.
Greenwood's Josh Ferguson had a hat trick, and Magill was also impressed with Jarrett Fortenbaugh's performance.
"I thought Jarrett Fortenbaugh did a good job of distributing the ball around to everyone, kind of making himself dangerous," Magill said.
Greenwood (3-1, 5-1) plays its first home match against Millersburg on Tuesday.
Newport 5, Juniata 0
NEWPORT - Newport held Juniata field hockey to no shots in a 5-0 Tri-Valley League win for the Buffaloes Thursday.
Newport found the net twice in the first half and three times in the second half. Juniata's Katie Searer made six saves for the locals. Juniata has now lost two straight games after starting 2-0.
Juniata (2-2, 0-2 TVL) travels to Huntingdon Monday.
Line Mountain 3, East Juniata 0
MANDATA - Sarah Lahr scored twice and East Juniata failed to record a shot as the Tigers fell to Line Mountain 3-0 in Tri-Valley League field hockey Thursday.
"Our defense once again played very well. But when we play most of the game in our defensive circle, sooner or later the other team is going to put one in," East Juniata coach Billie Haines. "Our focus next week is going to get the ball up the field and in the cage. I'm confident we will have this worked out by next week. We have three home games. It's going to be nice to play at home."
East Juniata (1-2, 0-2) hosts Lewisburg Monday.
Midd-West 2, Milton 0
MILTON - Midd-West rebounded from a tough loss in its Heartland Conference Division I opener, pelting the Milton goal with 19 shots and putting a pair of them in the cage Thursday for a 2-0 shutout.
Katelyn Walter, the only returning forward on the Mustangs' roster, had a goal and an assist. Candace Hackenberg scored the first one.
"Candace is a very pleasant surprise," Midd-West coach Mandi Romig said. "I think she's leading the team in goals right now."
Midd-West notched a shutout in the JV game as well, winning 3-0.
The Mustangs (3-2, 1-1) travel to Bloomsburg Saturday.
Greenwood 6, Lancaster Country Day 0
LANCASTER - Greenwood has been struggling in the first half as of late. But all that is forgotten when the second half begins.
The Wildcats scored five second-half goals en route to a 6-0 Tri-Valley League win over Lancaster Country Day Thursday.
"I thought we had a little trouble adjusting to the field," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. "We were over-hitting the ball."
Mallory Fortenbaugh had Greenwood's only goal in the first half. When the Wildcats got things going, Taylor Thompkins, Brittany Fleisher (twice), Mackenzie Wirth and Katie Barton found the cage.
Greenwood (5-0-1, 2-0) travels to Juniata Tuesday.
Boys: Philipsburg-Osceola 22, Mount Union 37
Girls: Philipsburg-Osceola 25, Mount Union 32
MOUNT UNION - A few different place finishes and Mount Union's cross country meet with Philipsburg-Osceola could have ended up the other way around.
Instead, Mount Union was defeated by the non-league foe in the boys and girls races. The boys fell 22-37, while the girls took a 25-32 defeat.
"Both races - a few different place finishes here or there - could have gone either way," Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said. "It was a close meet overall."
Mount Union's Katrina Hammon continued her strong season with an overall win in the girls side, posting a time of 24:26. The next closest Trojan finisher was Lauren Shugarts (25:29) in fourth.
"Katrina is a very strong runner," Wydock said. "She keeps putting forth the effort she needs to."
Ryan McKay came in second overall in the boys race with a time of 20:54.
Mount Union (Boys: 1-1; Girls 0-2) travels to Bellwood-Antis Tuesday.
East Juniata 332, Mount Union 347, Newport 373
MOUNT UNION - East Juniata coach Mike Zendt was waiting for this round of golf all season.
The Tigers shot a combined score of 332 at Mount Union's American Legion Country Club Thursday to defeat Mount Union (347) and Newport (373).
"I think we played our best round of golf ," Zendt said. "That was the best match of the year."
East Juniata's Dillon Leonard and Colton Fogleman led the way for the Tigers with an 82. Jeremy Pannebaker and Grant Leonard each fired an 84. The course plays at a par 74.
Mount Union's Alex Ashman also shot an 82. He was followed by Cole Boozel's 87 and Brady Goodling's 88. Ryan Barner finished the Trojan scoring with a 90.
East Juniata (16-1, 9-0 TVL) hosts a Tri-Valley League match Tuesday at Lost Creek Golf Club.
Mount Union 3, Williamsburg 1
WILLIAMSBURG - The Mount Union volleyball team came up with a 3-1 win over Inter-County Conference foe Williamsburg on Thursday.
The Trojans lost the third game, 20-25, but in every other game Mount Union won by a margin of at least seven points.
Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick was pleased with her team's performance in the three sets it won.
"Our passing was very good during those games, so we were able to set up our middle hitter, Kristen Miles, who had 11 kills tonight," McCormick said.
Mount Union (3-1, 2-1) travels to Hollidaysburg on Monday.