MANCHESTER — Chambersburg got over a huge hump on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans defeated Central Dauphin 1-0 in a District 3 Class 4A boys soccer quarterfinal game at Northeastern H.S. and advanced to the tournament semifinals for the first time.
Griffin Redding’s goal with 27 minutes left was the game-winning tally for the Trojans (12-3-4) and the defense turned in its fourth consecutive shutout.
Chambersburg will play its semifinal game on Tuesday, against Hempfield (17-4), which beat South Western, 4-0. Site and time will be announced later.
“I’m very proud of the boys,” Trojan coach Corey Grove said. “We aren’t as talented individually as my first two teams, but we have kids who just don’t want to lose. Our defense is playing well and we’re finding a way to score.”
The defense has been outstanding, and record-setting. Goalkeeper Andrew Armstrong (6 saves) has set a single-season record for shutouts with 9.5, and the defense has allowed only .80 goals per game, better than the previous best (.88), which was set over 40 years ago.
Defenders include Aaron Maynard, Josue Chacon, Luke Myers, Emmanuel Hewitt and Caleb Gayman.
The game’s only goal Saturday came at the end of a free kick taken by Connor Gniewek about 40 yards from the goal. The ball bounced inside the penalty area and was knocked out by Amin Butler.
It came to Redding, who crushed a right-footed shot high into the left corner of the Rams’ goal.
The Trojans must win one more game to reach the PIAA State Tournament, because only the top three Class 4A teams qualify.
“It’s the first time we’ve made it to the semifinals, and we have two more opportunities to get that win,” Grove said.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast on radio only by MidPennBroadcasting.com.