Greencastle-Antrim 3, Northern York 1: In a huge Mid Penn Colonial game Thursday night at Kaley Field between two unbeaten teams, the Blue Devils’ offense and defense worked together to produce a victory over the Polar Bears.
“It was a huge win tonight — with all respect to the score, anyone could have won this game,” G-A coach Chris Noblit said. “Northern has the best team I have seen in a long time.
The Blue Devils’ Rylee Henson opened the scoring just 7:46 into the game when she zipped a free kick into the net.
In the second half, Haley Noblit scored for Greencastle (6-0, 4-0 MPC) to make it 2-0, before Northern (5-1) got one back with a penalty kick by Sydney Wait after a handball.
Noblit then added an insurance goal with less than six minutes left.
Chris Noblit said, “It was an intense game from the opening kick. Anyone could have won, we just happened to find the back of the net more. It’s going to be really tough when we travel up there.”
Goalie Lexi Nelson made 3 saves for G-A.
Greencastle-Antrim 3, James Buchanan 1: The Rockets won a back-and-forth Game 2, 29-27, to tie the Mid Penn Colonial match at 1-1, but the Blue Devils captured the next two to take a big road win Thursday evening.
Greencastle’s winning sets were 25-21, 25-22 and 25-21 in the closely contested match.
“We had some big wins this week (defeated Waynesboro on Tuesday),” G-A coach Corry Eagler said. “We weren’t as crisp as what I would have liked to see, but our defense pulled through and we had some great serving. I’m very proud of this team.”
For the Blue Devils (5-0, 4-0 MPC), Ryleigh Davis led in digs with 25 and Brianna Woodring contributed 13. Madeline Eagler and Abigail Eagler each put up 9 digs.
At the net, Kiley Burkholder put down 13 kills and Addie Kagarise had 10, as well as one block. Kate Furnish had 9 blocks and Abigail Eagler had 8. Madeline Eagler had 39 assists.
In serving, Woodring had 18 points, Madeline Eagler 15, and Abigail Eagler and Davis had 12 each. Woodring had 7 aces and Abigail Eagler added 4.
Bishop McDevitt 2, Greencastle-Antrim 1: The Blue Devils played a close game against the Crusaders on Thursday afternoon, but were edged in a Mid Penn Colonial home game.
Ainsley Swindell scored the goal for Greencastle (2-3, 2-3 MPC), which is her seventh of the season, with just 12 seconds left before halftime. She was assisted by Ellie Divelbiss.
“It was a beautiful ball initially sent by Abby Stouffer, which allowed Ellie to one-touch the ball for a leading pass to Ainsley,” G-A coach Lorraine Hohl said. “Then she went 1 v 1 with the goalie and scored,”
Blue Devil goalie Jade Erazo made 11 stops.
Northern York 5, Greencastle-Antrim 0: More info to come.