CHAMBERSBURG — The Chambersburg boys soccer team has shown it can take a punch and make a good recovery.
The Trojans hit a low point in the season last Thursday when they tied 2-2 vs. Cedar Cliff, the least successful team in the Mid Penn Commonwealth. But Chambersburg’s next two games were a 2-1 win over State College, which will likely win the Commonwealth title, and Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over Cumberland Valley, the team the Trojans are battling with for second place.
“The boys had a great response to that Cedar Cliff game,” Trojan coach Corey Grove said.
Tuesday’s win also gave Chambersburg (9-3-3, 7-2-2 MPC) a bump in the District 3 Class 4A rankings. The Trojans are ranked No. 7 and a finish in the top eight will mean a home game for the first round of district playoffs.
Cumberland Valley recently had several players, including two starters, dismissed from the team, and the Trojans may have taken advantage of that at the start.
In the third minute, a throw-in from Amin Butler was headed into the goal by Luke Myers. Four minutes later, another throw from Butler squirted through the defense and Connor Gniewek slammed a shot into the net for a quick 2-0 lead.
Grove said, “Our main goal was to come out and put high pressure on them. We knew one of the players they were missing was a center back, and I think we took advantage. But you know CV always has great depth.”
And that depth showed up. As the first half wore on, the Eagles (11-5-1, 9-3 MPC) regained their confidence and by the time the first half ended, they had knotted the score at 2-2. Eric Leach scored the first goal, beating goalkeeper Andrew Armstrong to a bouncing ball, and Luke Truong assisted Austin Warren on the tying goal.
“I was really happy to see halftime,” Grove said. “We kind of fell asleep at the end of the first half and we needed to regroup and reorganize.”
Which they did. The second half was full of end-to-end action, with each team having a shot at a wide-open goal go for naught when the kick soared too high.
The deciding goal came with just over 16 minutes left. Chuy Munoz controlled the ball outside of the box and sent a perfect through ball on the ground to Asher Schwartz, who wheeled around his defender on the right side, took one touch and rifled a shot into the net for the game-winner.
It was the eighth goal of the season for Schwartz, who has tallied a goal in each of his last three games.
“Asher has been an absolute beast lately,” Grove said. “He’s showing real confidence on the ball. I thought Griffin (Redding) did a nice job holding the ball there at the end, and our young defense — except for that one lapse in the first half — played well again.”
The Trojans close out the regular season with two home games — Thursday vs. Red Land (6-8) at 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. Greencastle-Antrim (14-2) at 11 a.m. The game vs. G-A will be broadcast on live stream on MidPennBroadcasting.com starting at 10:45 a.m.
In the first game of a Breast Cancer Awareness Night doubleheader, CV handed the Chambersburg girls a 3-0 defeat. The Trojans are now 4-10, (1-9 MPC).