WAYNESBORO, Pa. —While beating rival Waynesboro is nothing new for the Greencastle-Antrim girls soccer team, Tuesday’s victory gave the Blue Devils a rare opportunity.
Sharon Juarez scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 62nd minute, to lift Greencastle to a 3-2 Mid-Penn Colonial Division win over the host Maidens.
The Blue Devils improved to 11-1 (7-1) with their 11th straight victory, while Waynesboro fell to 8-3 (6-3).
“So far, this is the biggest game,” Greencastle coach Greg Cole said, “because this sets us up for Boiling Springs next week. If we beat them, we’re division champs, and Greencastle has never won the division.”
First, they had to beat Waynesboro again, which never is an easy task. The Blue Devils edged the Maidens 2-1 earlier this season.
“We’re now 7-0 against them in my tenure,” said Cole, who’s in his fourth season at the Greencastle helm. “But four of those games went to overtime, including two in double overtime. I get very nervous when I come over here.
“In the Colonial, they’re our match in terms of athleticism and physicalness and aggression. It comes down to the bounce of the ball.”
It came down to a handball in the box Tuesday, setting up a penalty kick for Juarez in the 62nd minute with the game tied 2-2.
Juarez broke the tie, putting the ball in the left corner of the net, past the reach of Maidens keeper Nicole Kreimer, who had stopped a penalty kick by Greencastle’s Alana Ebbitt earlier in the game.
Alysha McCleaf scored both goals for Waynesboro, giving her a team-best 16 on the season. Her first goal, assisted by Jade Swope, gave the Maidens a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute. Her second, assisted by Liv Bailey, tied the game at 2-2 in the 58th minute.
The Blue Devils rallied late in the first half. They tied the game at 1-1 in the 34th minute on Tabitha Rudy’s header, which was assisted by Nikki Garns and Katie Gelsinger, and then went up 2-1 in the 39th minute on a 20-yarder by Juarez off a throw-in by Kasey Sweitzer.
“The second half, I loved our effort and loved the heart and loved the fire,” Waynesboro coach Brian Fisher said. “I loved the second half, but not the first half. I didn’t feel like we wanted it as much as they did.”
JV: Waynesboro, 1-0.