G-A soccer team surges into playoffs

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Taylor Kirkpatrick attacks the ball for the surging Blue Devil soccer team.

With a double dose of Polar Bear and an upset on the side, the Greencastle-Antrim soccer team has upped its stock tremendously for the postseason.

Wins on the road and at home over Northern York and a sweet 2-1 victory over Shippensburg worked the Devils’ record to 7-7-1. That also helped to elevate G-A by about 10 spots to the 15th seed for the District 3-AA playoff bracket.

G-A first traveled to Dillsburg Monday and flexed their muscles to a 4-1 victory. Blaine Koons and Cody Young put G-A up 2-0 and Zach Faulkner delivered a pair of goals in the second half to fuel the win. Corey Meyers had three assists on the night. Despite the final score, Northern held a 13-12 edge in shots and a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks. Josh Spoonhour deflected a dozen shots for saves in goal.

Shippensburg came into the game at 10-3-2, but Faulkner and company went about their own business. Faulkner scored just over three minutes into the game and then again at the midway point of the first half. Taylor Kirkpatrick delivered a thrown-in that Faulkner got a head on and sent to Steven McFetridge at the far post. McFetridge used his head to put it in the net. G-A relied on strong defense throughout to hold the Hounds to a single score.

Another encounter with Northern, this time on Kaley Field, was just what the Devils needed to juice up their district position and they did just that. McFetridge added two more goals on the week and Meyers also scored in the 3-0 shutout of the Polar Bears. Faulkner and Kirkpatrick had assists. Each team had a corner kick and Northern led in shots, 9-8. Spoonhour added seven more saves to his busy week.

If all stays the same and the Devils make the playoffs, they would likely face a play-in game on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

In junior varsity action, G-A salvaged a 1-1 stalemate with Northern before falling to Shippensburg 2-0. Ryan Wolf scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Northern at home.