NEW BLOOMFIELD - Andrew Miller continues to roll along for the Belleville Mennonite boys soccer team.
In the first half against Carson Long Thursday, the Trojans found themselves down 3-1 early. Then Miller rattled off four goals to lead Belleville Mennonite to a 5-4 win.
"He played with a lot of heart tonight," Belleville Mennonite coach Brian Renno said. "I told them at half time we needed someone to step up and he did just that."
Belleville Mennonite has struggled as of late at Carson Long. Renno explained that he told his kids he didn't want to repeat history there.
"We seem to allow Carson Long to play with confidence when we're here," he said.
Jung Kim added a goal early in the first half to keep Belleville Mennonite within striking distance.
Belleville Mennonite (5-2) travels to Grace Prep Monday.
Juniata Mennonite 2, Grace Prep 0
McALISTERVILLE - Jesse Watts and Frank Allen scored first-half goals to lead Juniata Mennonite to a 2-0 win over Grace Prep Thursday in boys soccer action.
Watts scored just eight minutes in. Allen's goal came with 15 minutes to play in the first half. From that point it was all Juniata Mennonite defense.
"Defense was pretty solid," Juniata Mennonite coach Kurt Wagner said. "We had a couple balls get through but we've been trying to work on the center of our defense."
Juniata Mennonite (5-2-3) travels to New Covenant today.
Carlisle 11, Mifflin County 1
CARLISLE - Mifflin County fell to Carlisle 11-1 in Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division boys soccer action Thursday.
The Huskies only goal came from Andrew Moon on a breakaway with eight minutes remaining in the second half.
Mifflin County (0-8, 0-6 Mid-Penn) hosts Central Dauphin Saturday.
Greenwood 4, Lancaster Country Day 0
LANCASTER - Coming off a 13-1 win over Millersburg Wednesday, Greenwood's boys soccer team got on the board early Thursday against Lancaster Country Day.
Jared Fortenbaugh scored just five minutes in en route to a 4-0 Tri-Valley League win over the Cougars.
"I didn't think we played particularly well today," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. "It was a little lethargic. That first goal really helped."
Aaron Smith, Seth Ferguson and Tyler Fegley each added goals to support the Wildcat cause. But it was the fact that a pair of defenders, Roy Miller and Garrett Byers, each had assists.
"It kind of reinforces the idea of the flat four," Magill said. "Even though you're a defender you're still involved in the offense."
Juniata (7-1, 5-1 TVL) hosts Juniata Tuesday.
Lewisburg 3, Midd-West 2
LEWISBURG - Midd-West left the field at halftime with a one-goal lead. Lewisburg did the same at the end of the second half, sealing up a 3-2 Heartland Conference win over the Mustangs Thursday.
Makenzi Kauffman wrapped two first-half goals around one by the Green Dragons, but the home team did all the scoring after the break.
"It just seemed like we were content to lay back and let them come at us," Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said. "We didn't execute what we needed to."
Lewisburg also won the JV game, 2-0.
Midd-West (4-2, 2-2) hosts Juniata and Loyalsock in its annual tournament Saturday.
Juniata Mennonite 8, Grace Prep 2
McALISTERVILLE - Lauren Breon and Alexis Hahn-Kline each had three goals to lead Juniata Mennonite to an 8-2 win over Grace Prep Thursday in girls soccer action.
Breon had a pair of goals in the first half and one in the second. Hahn-Kline's hat trick came in the second half.
"We started the game off very well," Juniata Mennonite coach Trish Hoffman said. "The three girls that scored for me played real well."
Juniata Mennonite's Valarie Meiser had a pair of goals in the first half for the Lions.
Juniata Mennonite (4-3) hosts New Covenant today.
Lancaster Country Day 5, Juniata 0
LANCASTER Juniata's field hockey team was able to get off only two shots against Lancaster Country Day in a 5-0 Tri-Valley League loss Thursday.
The Cougars put away three goals in the first half and a pair in the second. Lancaster Country Day outshot Juniata 10-2 throughout the game.
"We're just short on players so we had to play down," Juniata coach Becky Loy said. "I thought we played well for what we have with our numbers. They did a nice job."
Juniata (3-3, 0-3 TVL) hosts Belleville Mennonite today.
Southern Huntingdon 1, Belleville Mennonite 0
THREE SPRINGS - Southern Huntingdon's Katie Wilson scored the game's lone goal as the the Rockets slid past Belleville Mennonite 1-0 in field hockey Thursday.
"We just couldn't get going tonight for some reason," Belleville Mennonite coach Glenna Young said. "We had opportunities but we didn't finish."
The Trojans (2-3) head to Juniata today.
Shikellamy 1, Midd-West 0
MIDDLEBURG - With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Shikellamy's Jade Coxe scored for the Braves to down Midd-West, 1-0, in Heartland Conference field hockey action Thursday.
The two teams played the first 50 minutes without either finding the cage. And although Shikellamy outshot Midd-West 9-1, the Mustangs were in it until the end.
"It's not that our defense played poorly," Midd-West coach Mandi Romig said. "We did all we could for as long as we could."
The deciding goal came when Shikellamy had numerous corner chances. The Mustangs weren't able to clear the ball and preserve the game.
"In the first half we would be able to clear it out," Romig said. "We just couldn't do that in the second half."
Midd-West (3-4, 1-3 HAC) hosts Millville today.
East Juniata 1, Newport 0
NEWPORT - Megan Hart had two chances on penalty strokes and converted one of them, the only goal in a close Tri-Valley League game against Newport that East Juniata won, 1-0.
"Early in the game, we earned a stroke. Megan took it and missed," East Juniata coach Billie Haines explained. "At the time out she said, 'I wish I could do that again and score.' Toward the end of the first half, her wish came true."
Haines said her team played their best game of the week, playing as a team to move the ball more effectively.
"The girls did so many things right. I feel like the girls finally understand where they are supposed to be on the field," she said. "We had many chances to score tonight."
The Tigers (3-3, 3-2) travel to Belleville Mennonite Monday.
Greenwood 3, Line Mountain 0
MILLERSTOWN - Greenwood only got seven shots on goal against Line Mountain Thursday in field hockey action.
But the Wildcats were able to put three of those in the cage to secure a 3-0 Tri-Valley League win over the Eagles.
Brittany Fleisher had a pair of goals for Greenwood - one in the first half and one in the second. Hattie Kuhns notched a goal for the Wildcats in the second half.
"We really just stayed after it in the circle," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said. "In the second half we did a much better job defensively.
"Line Mountain is a good team and I was thrilled with our effort today."
Greenwood (6-0-1, 3-0 TVL) travels to the Palmyra tournament Saturday.
Mount Union 3, Moshannon Valley 0
MOUNT UNION - Mount Union bounced back from a pair of volleyball losses Thursday, taking out Inter-County Conference rival Moshannon Valley in straight sets, 25-10, 25-9 and 25-15.
"We lost two in a row which hasn't happened to us in a long time," Trojans coach Tessa McCormick said. "It was nice to get some confidence back."
Kristen Miles delivered 17 of the team's 26 service points. Abi Grove had seven kills in the winning effort, in which most of the points came from floor play, McCormick said.
"A lot of it was serving," she noted.
Mount Union also won the JV match, 2-0.
The Trojans (4-3, 2-2) head to the Bellwood-Antis tournament Saturday, a good opportunity, the coach said, to face some of the teams they've struggled against, and a chance to try out new combinations from the bench while gaining experience.
Chambersburg 3, Mifflin County 0
LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County failed to score more than 15 points in any game Thursday against Chambersburg in a 3-0 Commonwealth Division loss.
In the first game, Mifflin County fell by a score of 25-15. The second game went by a score of 25-14 and the third game was 25-13.
Mifflin County hosts Red Land Tuesday.
MIDDLEBURG - In golf, many times it comes down to one shot.
And for Midd-West in its Heartland Conference match at Shade Mountain, that's exactly what happened.
The Mustangs (335) were one strike shy of Shikellemy (334) for the top spot Thursday in Middleburg.
Adam Winey's 76 helped the Mustangs to get close to Shikellemy. Blake Zechman was also had a nice day with a 78. Completing the scoring for Midd-West was Shane Connahan (89) and Aidan Edmiston (92).
Midd-West (21.5-3.5) travels to Selinsgrove Monday.