GREENCASTLE — Chambersburg already knew it had earned passage into the District 3 Class 4A playoffs in boys soccer before Thursday night’s regular season finale at Greencastle-Antrim.
But in order to secure a first-round home game, the Trojans needed to produce a win against the Blue Devils.
Riding a strong wind at its back for the first half, Chambersburg took a 2-0 lead, then earned a 3-1 non-league victory at Kaley Field.
If the power rankings hold true, the No. 8 seed Trojans (11-5-1) will host No. 9 McCaskey (16-3) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a first-round game. Greencastle finished at 8-10.
“With the wind, we wanted to make sure we had the lead after the first half,” said Chambersburg sophomore midfielder Cole Myers, who scored a pair of goals.
Myers got his team on the board first. In the sixth minute, Jose Morales took a shot that G-A goalkeeper Gavin Davidson blocked. But the ball came to Myers, who calmly left-footed the rebound into the net.
“It was a loose ball that bounced my way and I put it in,” Myers said.
Chambersburg, despite dominating the possession, was held at bay by the Blue Devil defense — especially Joel Herman and Harrison Coy — until under three minutes to go in the half.
A bouncing ball came into the penalty area and spun toward Luke Mason. He chested the ball ahead of him and broke past a defender, giving him room to fire a shot into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Early in the second half, with the wind in Greencastle’s favor now, the Devils forced a corner kick. Dom Facchina send a ball to the back post and Gershon Bangura headed it inside the post to make it 2-1.
“That goal was just a lack of concentration and focus,” Chambersburg coach Corey Grove said. “You make a mistake like that in the playoffs and that might be all it takes to knock you out.”
But the Trojans got their two-goal lead back 15 minutes later. Logan Stapleton got to a loose ball before Davidson and two G-A defenders, but after he pushed it past them to create an open goal situation, he was tripped up.
Myers took the penalty kick and drilled a low shot into the side netting.
Grove said, “Cole doesn’t have much size, and he’s just a sophomore, but he gives us a lot of maturity on the field. His first goal was beautiful, and he hit that PK with pace in a great spot.”
Greencastle manged only two shots in the game and had trouble breaking through Chambersburg’s midfield corps.
“They had beaten us 2-0 in the preseason, but we knew we’d probably get home field if we could win this one,” Grove said. “It was the driving force tonight.”
In the late going, the Trojans dropped Aaron Maynard into a center back position to cover Bangura, and Tanner Luther moved up into the midfield.
“Aaron did very well in the back, and Tanner did well filling in for him,” Grove said.
Chambersburg 3, Greencastle 1
Chambersburg 2 1 — 3
Greencastle 0 1 — 1
C — Cole Myers, asst. Jose Morales, 6th minute
C — Luke Mason, 38th minute
G — Gershon Bangura, asst. Dom Faccina, 46th minute
C — Myers, penalty kick, 61st minute
Shots — Chbg 15; GA 2. Shots on goal — Chbg 5; GA 1. Corner kicks — Chbg 7; GA 4. Saves — Chbg 0 (Garrett Carter); GA 3 (Gavin Davidson).