Undefeated Blue Devil booters take to new Kaley surface

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Blue Devil senior Heather Sanders (8) charges the ball against Northern. Abbey Denkovich (35) is also approaching. G-A has gotten off to a fine start this season at 3-0.

The new surface of Kaley Field appears to be just fine with the Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devil girls’ soccer team. The Devils have had four home games to start the season and four wins. It’s the first use of the artificial surface by the girls’ soccer program. G-A blanked Camp Hill (2-0) and Northern (1-0), edged East Pennsboro 2-1 and deflated Waynesboro 2-1 in overtime.

Junior striker Sharon Juarez netted six of the seven G-A goals last week, including the first four during the non-league wins over Camp Hill and East Penn. Senior goalie Alex Baughman and the Devil defense also showed its stuff on the other side of the ball with the pair of shutouts. The 4-0 record that resulted in the open week was a 2-0 mark for the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division slate.

About 25 minutes into the opener with Camp Hill, Juarez delivered her initial goal over the Lion keeper’s head. The second in that game came on a direct from Heather Sanders that set up Juarez, who delivered a perfect shot by the keeper. The Devils stayed hot, putting in two goals in the first 20 minutes against East Pennsboro. Sanders again set up Juarez for the first of her two goals in this one. Nikki Garns prepared for the second by hustling to a ball rolling toward the end line and delivering to Juarez who completed the tap-in. The Panthers’ goal came in the final seconds. The statistic line showed a 16-8 advantage in shots and a 4-1 lead in corner kicks for the Devils.

The opening divisional game for the Devils came down to the wire and more. There was no scoring in this one until midway through the second half when G-A was awarded a penalty kick and Heather Sanders delivered into the high left of the net. The lead didn’t last long as Waynesboro connected following a flurry in front of the goal. The first overtime didn’t change the score, but Juarez prevailed a few minutes into the second, coming from the right and directing a shot just right for the dramatic win.

Juarez scored the lone goal in the 1-0 victory over Northern, but it was the end of a scoring sequence where it seemed like every Devil on the field touched the ball and contributed to the effort. The Polar Bears were continually denied by the G-A defense and Baughman, who collected nine saves on the afternoon. Indeed, Northern led in shots, 14-5, and in corners, 2-1.