SPORTS

Close games play out for Blue Devils on soccer field

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Blue Devil Jenna Lehman boots the ball away from a Northern player.

Greencastle-Antrim battled the elements in a rivalry game and then some Polar Bears with a mixed bag of girls’ soccer results.

The Blue Devils improved to 9-2 on the season with a 21- win over Waynesboro in sloppy conditions Wednesday before another road test in Dillsburg. On Friday the Polar Bears of Northern held on for a 1-0 victory that put G-A in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division standings at 5-3.

Heather Sanders got the Devils on the board on the Waynesboro turf by inserting a free kick from a good distance into the goal. Sanders booted the ball perfectly over the Waynesboro goalie and under the crossbar. The Maidens answered later on a one-on-one with the goal in the first half and the game took its break with a 1-1 tie. The 12th goal of the season for Sharon Juarez made the difference in the contest. The G-A striker broke free at the goal and delivered it into the corner.

Ema Bobbitt provided some extra goalie action in the final minute of the game as Waynesboro was desperately trying to even the score. A shot came off G-A’s extremely busy keeper Alex Baughman, but Bobbitt was on the spot to hold it out of the cage. Baughman ended up with 24 saves in the winning effort. G-A wrapped up the contest despite a 28-17 deficit in shots and a 3-1 trailing in corners.

An early second-half goal by Northern decided Friday’s divisional game on the Polar Bear field. Baughman had 10 saves in the 1-0 setback.

G-A’s record stands at 9-3 and 5-3 in the Colonial.

In junior varsity action, G-A dropped a 1-0 game to Waynesboro.