CHAMBERSBURG — A penalty kick by Greencastle-Antrim’s Rylee Henson with about 10 minutes left proved to be the difference in the championship game of the Trojan Cup girls soccer tournament at Trojan Stadium on Saturday evening.
That goal held up and the Blue Devils kept the shutout for a 1-0 victory over host Chambersburg.
G-A’s Haley Noblit was fouled in the box, resulting in a PK. Henson sent her kick low and right and into the net.
“Rylee really wanted to take that kick,” Greencastle coach Chris Noblit said. “She was the star of the day. We had a really good day on defense (Henson is a center back). We lost so much on defense (to graduation), but it looked really good today.”
The play of Mia Libby in the midfield and Haley Noblit up top kept the Trojans on their toes.
“Libby controlled the midfield completely — that was the best I’ve seen her play vs. Chambersburg,” Noblit said.
Chambersburg coach Ed Franchi said, “Libby did control the game in the middle. She might be the shortest player on the field and she won all the headers.”
Noblit said, “In the first half, I don’t think Chambersburg had a shot on goal and we had some really good opportunities. Haley had four shots and we had one play where we hit the post and had two rebound shots, and I don’t know how we didn’t score on that one.
“After the PK, I felt like we panicked a little bit and they got pretty deep into our end a few times.”
Franchi said, “They did out-play us; they had more possession in the first half. The second half was pretty even, with more back and forth. We had some scoring chances, too.
“It was a well-played game both ways, I just think it was a questionable late penalty kick call.”
In its first game of the day, Chambersburg fell behind early against Boiling Springs, 1-0, then rallied to take a 2-1 halftime lead on the way to picking up a 4-1 victory.
“We seemed a little sluggish in the first half, but came out and played better in the second half,” Franchi said. “We controlled the ball well and created quality opportunities.”
Ahsia Thomas scored a pair of goals and had an assist, while Lily Nichter had a goal and an assist, Bree Paetow hit the net and Lily Cornwell added two assists.
The Blue Devils defeated Spring Grove 4-0 to advance to the final. Haley Noblit scored three goals in the game’s first 15 minutes and Libby scored the other. Abi Wolfe, Hailey Baker and Brooke Guthrie had assists.