ELLIOTTSBURG - Tri-Valley League newcomer Susquenita made a statement in a non-league field hockey game against Greenwood Saturday.
It just happened to be the finals of the Perry County Tournament, and the Blackhawks came away with the title, winning 3-2 on penalty strokes.
Greenwood's first game was no stroll in the park, either, as Newport twice answered Wildcats goals before Kelsey Keener scored the game winner in a 3-2 outcome. Keener had a goal and an assist and Mallory Fortenbaugh recorded three helpers for Greenwood.
Susquenita beat host West Perry to advance.
Greenwood had plenty of offense in both contests, outshooting the Buffaloes 20-9 with a 14-0 advantage in penalty corners, then logging 18 shots to Susquenita's eight in the championship.
Midd-West 2, Benton 0
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West's field hockey opener was statistically a low-key affair, but it was a win for the Mustangs, who blanked Benton 2-0.
Abby Miller delivered the ball to her teammates for both goals; McKenna Beck's came in the first half and Morgan Jordan's midway through the second.
Midd-West had a 4-2 shot advantage, but each team had 10 corner opportunities; each goalie stopped a pair shots.
The Mustangs (1-0) host Mifflinburg Thursday.
East Juniata 2,
Boiling Springs 0
COCOLAMUS - Jake Sankey and Trent Watts each scored goals as East Juniata opened the boys soccer campaign with a 2-0 non-league win over Boiling Springs Saturday.
Sankey's tally came early in the first on a feed from Trevor Goodling. Watts added the insurance late in the game.
The JV match ended in a scoreless tie.
The Tigers (1-0) head to Susquenita Tuesday.
West Perry 3, Juniata 2
MIFFLINTOWN - Chasten Unger scored his second goal in the seventh minute of overtime play to hand Juniata a season-opening loss, 3-2, in non-league boys soccer to West Perry Saturday.
Unger put the Mustangs on the board seven minutes into the game, and the visitors had a 2-0 lead at the midpoint of the first half.
Juniata scored on a penalty kick by Chase Goodwin as the first half ended, then Brand Brackbill scored early in the second to even the game.
Juniata (0-1) hosts Greenwood Tuesday.
Benton 1 (OT)
MIDDLEBURG - Sebastian Callender scored twice to help Midd-West overcome an early deficit and get by Benton, 2-1, in a Heartland Conference interdivisional game Saturday.
Benton had a 1-0 lead until midway through the second, when Devaughn Johns delivered the ball to Callender for the first tally. Dylan Hain set up the second goal for the Mustangs, who had a lopsided advantage in shots and corners.
Midd-West (1-0) travels to Jersey Shore Saturday.
Midd-West 9, Wyalusing 0
WYALUSING - Once Midd-West got going, Wyalusing was in trouble. The Mustangs pounded seven balls into the net in the first half Saturday en route to a 9-0 non-league girls soccer win.
"Our defense was a bit shaky at times in the beginning but after our senior defender, Kayla Keister went down, we seemed to buckle down on our duties," Midd-West coach Russ Goodling said.
Kelli Beiler had a hat trick plus an assist to lead Midd-West. Mackenzie Kauffman scored twice and Chelsea Keister added a pair of assists.
Midd-West won the JV game, 10-0. The Mustangs (1-0) host Mifflinburg Sept. 6.