G-A soccer, cross country and golf teams put in full week of action

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Greencastle-Antrim’s soccer team came oh so close last week but weren’t able to chalk up any victories to the season.

The Blue Devils (3-4-1, 2-2-1 MPC-Colonial) played Shippensburg deep into a second overtime in a 1-0 Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division match. A day earlier the Devils’ late surge against Cedar Cliff fell just short in a 2-1 final.

G-A’s game with Ship was about as even as you can get. Each team had 26 shots on goal and Ship held just a 7-6 edge in corner kicks. It was a corner taken with less than three minutes left in double overtime that made the difference. Each goalie (Josh Spoonhour for G-A) made 24 saves in the active contest.

Spoonhour had already been a busy keeper after accumulating 16 saves the previous day against Cedar Cliff. The Colts got a goal in each half to go up 2-0. G-A remained battling and got on the scoreboard in the second half as Casey Zarger passed to Corey Meyers who stuck it in the net. The Devils produced some opportunities in the remainder of the game, but couldn’t change the outcome. Cedar Cliff led in shots, 18-11 and in corners, 7-3.

The junior varsity was also on the even keel last week. G-A played to a 1-1 tie with Shippensburg and Cedar Cliff.

The young Greencastle-Antrim girls’ cross country team continues to flex its muscles while the Blue Devil boys remain struggling with numbers.

G-A swept Gettysburg 15-55 and Southern Fulton 19-36 in a double dual meet on the strength of taking the top three spots in the race. Caroline Schemel won the race in 19:53. Shelby Stouffer was second in 21:14 and Alana Ebbitt third in 21:53. All three are freshmen. Finishing the G-A scoring with solid performances were Caitlyn Hetrick (seventh overall in 22:57) and Lauren Powers (ninth overall in 23:52).

While Daulton Monn did well to lead the Devil boys’ team, finishing second overall in 17:49, he had just two teammates for the day forcing G-A to forfeit both meets. Zach Husband was 10th overall in 19:52 and Ben Hockman was 11th overall in 20:18.

The G-A harriers got some big meet experience Saturday and Schemel also brought home a top-10 finish at the 19th annual Carlisle Invitational. Schemel stayed with the top pack in the elite Girls Challenge 5K for an eighth-place finish in 19:32. G-A placed four other runners in the top 150 to forge a 16th team placement with 384 points. Stouffer was 28th in 20:34. Ebbitt was 100th in 22:03.  Powers was 131st in 23:00. Hetrick checked in at 143rd in 23:29.

The Greencastle-Antrim golf team found the Waynesboro Country Club links a friendlier place than its more recent outings last week.

The Blue Devils finished in fifth with a 490 which completed the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division season. G-A was also fifth for the season with a record of 6-24. Chambersburg won the division with a perfect 30-0.

Freshman Hunter Heuer carded a 91on the course to lead the Devils and doing all he could to clinch a spot in the Mid-Penn Tournament. The score helped to work his average to a 93 which should make the conference cut.

Eli Englehart, who could also qualify for the postseason, also broke 100 by posting a 94. Jason Reuter and Ryan Blair were both right at 100. Austin Stouffer carded a 105 and Ryan Ebbitt checked in with a 107.

Ellie Kotrady will be competing in the girls’ event at Mid-Penns.