Greenwood denied by Canners

NEW KINGSTOWN – Trying to repeat as district champions and reach the district title match for a third straight year, Greenwood was denied that opportunity by the school that it defeated to capture last year’s crown.

Biglerville defeated the Wildcats, 2-0, in the semifinals of the District 3 Class A boys soccer tournament Tuesday night at Cumberland Valley’s Eagleview Middle School.

Despite the loss, the Wildcats still have a chance to qualify for the PIAA Class A tournament if they can defeat Trinity (Camp Hill) in the third-place match, which will be played Saturday at a time and site to be announced. Trinity fell to Lancaster Country Day, 1-0, in the other semifinal.

In the early going, Greenwood got the better of the play and earned the first chance when Tyler Fegley blasted a shot at net that was handled by Canner netminder Gerry Lua.

While the Wildcats were notching more shots on goal, the Canners finished their first opportunity of the match when Mario Ortega pocketed his eighth goal of the season off an assist from Armando Rojo with 23:44 remaining in the opening half. Rojo played a ball from center to the right and Ortega redirected it into the left side of the net.

Greenwood, (13-4-2) which outshot Biglerville, 8-3, in the match, came up empty on its best chance to score as time wound down in the first half. A bouncing through ball created a footrace between Fegley and Lua that Fegley won, but his pop shot went just wide to the left of an open net with 5:39 to go until the break.

“We got our share of good chances, but we couldn’t finish them,” Greenwood coach Tom Magill said, describing what has been a persistent problem for the Wildcats this season.

“I was pleased with the way we played,” he said. “That’s a good side over there. They’re tough in the box on both ends, they’re good on set pieces and they go hard to the ball.”

Hunter Wirth had two scoring chances early in the second half for Greenwood, but Lua denied both tries for the equalizer and also stonewalled a a 25-yard rip by Corey Losch with 25:06 remaining.

Biglerville (17-4) doubled the lead after it earned one of its 13 corners in the match. Stevie Daron took the corner and his cross was met by the head of Jose Cernas, who found the back of the net with it for a 2-0 advantage with 15:09 to go.

In a 2-0 hole, the Wildcats tried to up their attack, but were still denied as Biglerville battened down defensively and earned its 12th shutout of the season.

“We work constantly on clearing the ball to the outside in practice,” Biglerville head coach Jebb Nelson said. “We did a good job of that and we wanted to try to keep them out there, because that would make their shots tougher.”

“They are the first team we’ve faced since Red Land (on Aug 31) that had more than one big scoring option. So they really tested us defensively.”