GREENCASTLE — The Greencastle-Antrim girls soccer team moved one step closer to a possible district championship on Wednesday night.
In a District 3 Class 3A quarterfinal game held at Kaley Field, the Blue Devils rode a pair of second-half goals and a stingy defense to a 2-0 victory over Cocalico and a berth in Saturday’s semifinal round.
Greencastle (15-0), the No. 2 seed, will face No. 6 seed Lampeter-Strasburg (9-3-2), which knocked off previously unbeaten Gettysburg in the quarterfinals, 1-0. Molly Bucher scored with 4 seconds left in the second overtime to produce the win for L-S.
The Blue Devils will host Lampeter-Strasburg on Saturday, with the game starting at 4 p.m.
The Blue Devils and Cocalico (10-3-1) played a back-and-forth game in the first half, with each team having several decent scoring chances, but it remained scoreless at halftime.
Just 3:16 into the second half, Mia Libby fed a pass to Courtney Andruczk, who delivered the game’s first goal.
G=A coach Chris Noblit said, “Mia made a really nice through pass to set Courtney up with a 1-on-1 with their keeper, and Courtney passed it into the corner of the goal.”
Several minutes later, G-A’s Avery Parks took a corner kick, sent the ball into the penalty box and Libby headed it into the net.
The Greencastle defense did the rest. Goalkeeper Sydra Royer stopped several Eagle advances by coming off her line to get to the ball before the offense could. She was also able to pick off quite a few long passes by Cocalico before anything developed.
Noblit said, “We played really good defense, because that was a pretty high-flying offense we faced (56 goals). Our center back, Rylee Henson, slowed down their striker, who might have been the best striker we’ve seen this year.
“And Sydra, she’s probably the best goalkeeper I’ve ever coached. She was flying out of the goal and kept making play after play after play.”
Noblit said he expects a tough game Saturday.
“The only common opponent for us is Northern York. Lampeter-Strasburg beat Northern 2-1, and then the very next game we beat Northern, 1-0. So we know it’ll be close.”