CHAMBERSBURG — The execution was simply too good for State College to stop.
An early goal by Chambersburg, followed by three similar set-piece masterpieces by Aaron Maynard and Tanner Luther, carried the Trojans to a shockingly easy 6-1 victory over the Little Lions in a Mid Penn Commonwealth boys soccer game at Trojan Stadium on Thursday night.
“I don’t think anybody expected a score like that,” Chambersburg coach Corey Grove said.
State College (8-7-1, 5-6 MPC) got burned less than four minutes into the game when Mikey Williams got through the defense, had a shot blocked by Little Lion keeper Matthew Staniar, then tapped in the rebound.
Eleven minutes later, Luther took a free kick about 45 yards from the goal and sent in a perfect ball, on a line and just over the defense, and Maynard headed it past Staniar into the far corner for a 2-0 lead.
Eleven minutes after that, Luther took a throw-in and Maynard did the same thing, skim-heading the ball into the back of the net.
Then just seven minutes later, they did it again. Luther’s free kick was from about 35 yards out this time, and once again his perfectly placed ball was headed in by Maynard. And it was 4-0.
Maynard said, “Tanner put the ball right on a string both times. They put their tallest guy on me, but Tanner put the ball in a perfect spot and that makes it hard to defend.”
Grove said, “We had Luke Myers taking all those kicks last year and we didn’t know who was going to take them. But Tanner has stepped up for us to take the kicks, and we have an aerial threat with Maynard.”
Five of Maynard’s eight goals this season have come on headers.
The Trojans (10-4-1, 8-3 MPC) added salt in the wounds just before halftime when a throw-in by Cole Myers was allowed to bounce in the penalty area and Luke Mason pounced on it to fire in goal No. 5.
“You know, it’s not like we totally controlled the game,” Grove said, “but the first 20 minutes we had so much energy. We didn’t have great possession, but we were really good on 50-50 balls, and (central defenders) Caleb (Gayman) and Tanner did a nice job stepping up and winning early balls in the midfield.”
Maynard said, “They are a good team. We certainly didn’t expect to have a big lead like that, but since we did, we got a chance to work on some stuff.”
State College played better defense in the second half, and made more pushes offensively.
“We were trying to force everything inside because their wing players are good,” Grove said, “and that worked in the first half. They were able to get it to their better guys in the second half.”
It finally resulted in a Little Lion goal 16 minutes from the end. Marc Rodgers, who earlier had a well-placed direct kick from 19 yards out stopped impressively by Chambersburg keeper Garrett Carter, got a second chance from nearly the same spot.
This time, his curving shot got through as Carter was partially screened.
But the Trojans restored the five-goal margin when Kenan Korkutovic deftly dug a ball away from a Lion defender in the right corner and his cross was eventually knocked in by Logan Stapleton.
Grove said, “At the beginning of the season, our goal was to get 10 wins. Now we have that and we still have two games left.”
One of those is Tuesday against Central Dauphin, which handed the Trojans an 8-0 drubbing in September.
“CD has won like 14 straight games and they’re rolling,” Grove said, “so we have nothing to lose. I can’t wait to see how we do.”
Chambersburg 6, State College 1
State College 0 1 — 1
Chambersburg 5 1 — 6
Ch — Mikey Williams, 4th minute
Ch — Aaron Maynard, asst. Tanner Luther, 17th minute
Ch — Maynard, asst. Luther, 28th minute
Ch — Maynard, asst. Luther, 45th minute
Ch — Luke Mason, asst. Cole Myers, 48th minute
SC — Marc Rodgers, direct kick, 65th minute
Ch — Logan Stapleton, asst. Kenan Korkutovic, 74th minute
Shots — SC 6; Chbg 14. Shots on goal — SC 3; Chbg 10. Corner kicks — SC 2; Chbg 2. Saves — SC 4 (Sasha Mohoruk 3, Matthew Staniar 1); Chbg 2 (Garrett Carter).