Blue Devil soccer makes strides before ending season

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
G-AHS junior Sharon Juarez controls the ball despite being sandwiched.

When you hold the second seeded team in the tournament to just one goal, it seems a shame to have to close the door on the season. But for that very reason the Greencastle-Antrim High School varsity girls’ soccer team will have a lot to draw on from the 2012 campaign.

In addition to winning the program’s first district game, the Blue Devils went on in the District 3-AA Championships to give second-seeded Lancaster Mennonite all it could handle in the next round before a 1-0 double-overtime loss ended the season.

Before that nail-biter the Devils put together an exciting outing against Boiling Springs. Heather Sanders set the table well in the first half, positioning passes that were finished off by Alicia Crider and Alana Ebbitt. G-A rose above a 2-2 halftime score with a goal from Sanders. The senior put an indirect kick into the twine before the Bubbler defense could react and it was the game winner.

G-A led in shots, 9-5, and Boiling had four corner kicks to none for the Devils.

The Devils pushed the game with Lancaster Mennonite to an unimaginable point, scoreless through regulation and an overtime as the Blazers battled the box with 18 shots on goal with nothing to show for it. G-A had plenty to show in a stout defense that turned Mennonite away each time. Devil goalie Alex Baughman recorded 10 saves and the defense of Sanders, Ema Bobbitt, Kasey Sweitzer and Abbey Denkovich frustrated the Blazers at each turn.

Mennonite (14-2-3) finally found the net five minutes into the second overtime. The Blazers led in corner kicks, 8-2.

G-A ends the season at 11-7-1.