G-A soccer team sees win, loss and tie during the week

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Alexandra Baughman scoops up the game in front of the G-A cage.

Greencastle-Antrim was able to avenge an early-season loss to one team, but no amount of overtime was able to get them past another divisional team that had played them close the first time around. The Blue Devils dominated Shippensburg on the home turf Thursday for a 3-0 victory before heading to Newville Saturday. G-A and Big Spring played through two overtime periods, but both had to settle for a tie.

The week put the Devils’ season mark at 10-3-1 and in a solid third place in the Mid-Penn Conference Colonial Division at 6-3-1. Despite the tie, G-A stays in a solid position for the postseason at 10th in the current power rating for District 3-AA.

The Devils set the tone midway through the first half against Ship, with Alicia Crider putting away a cross to center from Emiley Maiorana. It was the Heather Sanders show after halftime. The senior connected with the net on a 30-yard direct kick just out of the reach of the goalie. Just six minutes later Sanders collected a ball near midfield and was able to maneuver toward the goal and put it away in the right corner.

G-A dominated in all statistical categories against Big Spring, except the goal tally. The Devils had gotten by the Bulldogs 1-0 earlier in the season and this time came out strong. It just didn’t show on the scoreboard. The Blue Devil defense kept the G-A goal clean to preserve the scoreless tie. The Devils with 15 shots on goal were stymied by the Big Spring keeper, who recorded 13 saves. The Bulldogs had just two shots and G-A’s Alex Baughman made saves on each. G-A also led in corner kicks, 7-4.

Earlier in the week, G-A trekked to the Harrisburg area for a skirmish with non-divisional Susquenita and came out 2-1 winners. Sanders scored both G-A goals in the second half.

In junior varsity action, G-A dropped a 6-2 decision to Susquenita and a 2-0 final to Shippensburg.