Boys Soccer

Chambersburg roundup: Both soccer teams take 1-goal wins over Little Lions

Chambersburg 2, State College 1, 2 OT: Aubrey Pyne sent a shot into the net with 5:24 left in the second overtime to lift the Trojans over State College in a Mid Penn Commonwealth game Saturday night on the road.

The Little Lions zipped ahead 1-0 just 4 minutes into the game, but a goal by Ahsia Thomas, assisted by Bianca Sommers, tied the game by halftime for Chambersburg (5-3, 5-3 MPC).

Trojan coach Ed Franchi said, “State College came out strong, and I don’t know why we started so slow. But the good thing is, they fought back. Their attitude in the second half and overtime was that there was no way they were going to come away without a victory. As a coach, you love to see when players play with that intensity, desire and determination.”

In the second OT, Thomas sent a pass to Pyne, who controlled the pass and sent a low, hard shot across the goal and into the net.

“She kept her composure on that shot,” Franchi said. “Katerina (Betris) played an excellent game on defense, as did the rest of the defense. The offense created a lot of opportunities and Ahsia did an excellent job up top. I’m very proud of the way the girls have been playing.”

Chambersburg 1, State College 0: Hayden Glass headed in a goal with 21 minutes left and that ended up as the only score as the Trojans edged State College in a Mid Penn Commonwealth match at Trojan Stadium on Saturday night.

Cole Myers took a corner kick that came down near the far post. Glass had drifted in behind the defenders on that side and as the ball dropped, he broke toward the goal and nodded the ball down between the goalkeeper and the back post and into the net.

The defense made that goal stand up, helped by goalkeeper Garett Carter making 4 saves for the Trojans (6-1-1, 6-1-1 MPC).

“It was a much-needed win against a quality team,” Chambersburg coach Corey Grove said. “We knew they were extremely dangerous in the attacking third of the field — they’ve been scoring goals right and left, so I’m very pleased we held them to a shutout.

“The center back pairing of Aaron Mort and Colin Castro played well. This is the first year they’ve played together and they really complement each other. We needed some guys to step up in that position and they have done the job. It was a total team effort tonight and the boys played well on both ends.”

The Trojans play Tuesday at Central Dauphin, which is the only team to beat them so far.