CHAMBERSBURG — The way the game started out, it looked like it might be a long night for the Chambersburg girls soccer team.
James Buchanan controlled the pace, used high pressure to keep the ball in the Trojans’ end of the field and the Rockets’ quick forwards got free often enough to give JB an advantage in possession.
But once the Rockets scored to go ahead 1-0 on a penalty kick, Chambersburg responded positively, and ended up with a 2-1 non-league victory Monday night at Trojan Stadium.
The first career goal by Addison Lloyd with 9:33 remaining at the end of a well-executed corner kick ended up being the game-winner.
“I think that PK woke us up,” Trojan coach Ed Franchi said. “The energy level, effort level and movement off the ball picked up. I was happy with how we played the last 60 minutes of the game.”
Rockets coach Terry Appleby said, “I think overall we played well. I like our team — they are competitive. But we just don’t have the numbers, and some of the kids’ experience level is not that high, and I think we got a little tired.”
The winning goal began with a corner kick taken by Layne Kimple that sailed beyond the far goal post about 10 yards away from the goal. Nether Dean was uncovered and she hit a line drive header to the other side of the goal and Lloyd was able to poke in.
But the Rockets (5-3) had the better of the play early. Wingers Ashley Dukehart and Carley Dinsmore and striker Addy Crouse went on numerous runs into the Trojan defensive end, but weren’t able to come up with any serious chances, other than a Crouse shot that went high.
Then Dukehart got free inside the box, but there was contact by a defender and the goalkeeper and she was knocked down.
The resulting penalty kick was drilled into the net by Reilly Heinbaugh.
“Dukehart really does a lot of work for us,” Appleby said.
Over the final 15 minutes of the half, Chambersburg (4-4) gradually began to assert itself. The midfielders got a little more space and sent some long balls to the corners, but the JB defenders — Kadeen Martin and Chloee Keefer on the outside and Jade Wolfe and Kirstin Eichelberger — did a good job of not allowing any crosses to get into the box.
As the second half wore on, the Trojans took more control and began creating chances.
It paid off nine minutes in with the tying goal. Gianna Weigel made a nice move with the ball to get past her defender, then slipped a pass onto the foot of Kimple, who was in full stride. Kimple launched a shot that streaked into the top right corner of the net.
Franchi said, “I held Kimple out early in the second half to see where I could maximize her talents. I ended up putting her on the right side and it paid off. We used our width much better in the second half.
“Lindsey Swanger and Ahsia Thomas played well up top; Swanger won a lot of 50-50 balls and Thomas put it a lot of effort. They played well together. And our d-backs, especially Katarina Betris, played really well over the last 60 minutes.”
NOTES: JB keeper Alliah Fluent made 5 saves … Chambersburg got 2 saves each by Annie Metzger and Faith Johnson … It was the first goal of the season for Kimple and Lloyd.
Chambersburg 2, James Buchanan 1
James Buchanan 1 0 — 1
Chambersburg 0 2 — 2
JB — Reilly Heinbaugh, penalty kick, 24:10
Ch — Layne Kimple, asst. Gianna Weigel, 31:18
Ch — Addison Lloyd, asst. Nether Dean, 9:33
Shots — JB 7; Chbg 11. Shots on goal — JB 4; Chbg 7. Corner kicks — JB 2; Chbg 4. Saves — JB 5 (Alliah Fluent); Chbg 4 (Annie Metzger 2, Faith Johnson 2).