Planets too much for Tigers
MARS — One rough 10-minute stretch did in the Hollidaysburg boys soccer team Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Mars in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals.
“The game was closer than the score, it really was,” Hollidaysburg coach Craig Shale said. “We held our own. The first half hour, it was pretty even. Unfortunately, we gave up three quick goals in the last 10 minutes of the half. The second half, we played it even. We held our own and played really well against a really good team.”
Mars, which will host Cathedral Prep in the semifinals on Tuesday at 7 p.m., got a hat trick from Dane Beller. Tyler Nymberg scored Mars’ other goal off a free kick.
“They were a good team that conceded only six goals all season,” Shale said. “(Beller) got a hat trick, and he’s definitely one of the best players we’ve faced all season.”
Braden Callahan scored for Hollidaysburg with eight minutes to play to allow the Golden Tigers to avoid the shutout.
Hollidaysburg finished the season 8-6 while Mars, the WPIAL champion, improved to 19-0.
“When you think about everything that’s going on, getting a full season in and overcoming all the little difficulties along the way, it’s been a great season,” Shale said. “We came out of District 6 and played a tough state game. I told the kids that they can hold their heads up high, because they hung in there with one of the best teams around. It’s probably one of the best teams I have seen in 16 years coaching Hollidaysburg.”
SCORE BY HALVES
Hollidaysburg 0 1 — 1
Mars 3 1 — 4
First half: M–Beller, 31:00; M–Nymberg (free kick); M–Beller.
Second half: M–Beller, 28:00; H–Callahan, 8:00.
Records: Mars (19-0); Hollidaysburg (8-6).
Lady Tigers fall
MECHANICSBURG — The Hollidaysburg girls soccer team couldn’t take advantage of a few chances early in its match with Mechanicsburg, and a goal by Halle Engle shortly after those chances set the tone in a 6-1 loss for the Lady Tigers in the PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals on Saturday.
“When the other team scores first, it takes a little of the air out of your sails,” Hollidaysburg coach Dave Soellner said. “The first five minutes, we had three corner-kick opportunities. When you can’t put one of those away and then they turn around and score, it takes the wind out of your sails.”
Engle scored two goals, including the 200th of her career, and had an assist for Mechanicsburg. The Lady Wildcats also got two goals and an assist from Lily Eckroth and led 5-0 at the half.
Mechanicsburg will take on WPIAL champion Mars in the PIAA semifinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in a game that will be played at Hollidaysburg.
“The second half we played much better,” Soellner said. “We played them 1-1. We started picking up our pace a little bit, and it was good to get on the board. We had a couple opportunities in the second half, and to get one in felt good.”
Ava Miller’s late goal broke up Mechanicsburg’s hopes for a shutout.
“The senior class is a really good senior class that brought a lot to the table,” Soellner said. “When you have a senior class where most of them start, it brings a lot to your program. They left their mark and passed their experience on to some of the underclassmen for the future.”
The Lady Tigers, who won their fifth-consecutive District 6 title last week over Bellefonte, finished 9-4.
“It wasn’t a full season, but we’re thankful for what we got in,” Soellner said. “When this all started, we didn’t think we’d get anything in. But it’s been a weird season. Every day you walk on pins and needles. Every time you get a phone call from your athletic director, you don’t know what is coming. You’re worried about getting punched in the gut every day, but I’m thankful that we got in what we got in for them. It wasn’t a full season, but it was a successful season.”
SCORE BY HALVES
Hollidaysburg 0 1 — 1
Mechanicsburg 5 1 — 6
First half: M–Engle (unassisted), 8:28; M–Hinkson (Engle), 15:47; M–Eckroth (Hinkson); M–Eckroth (Baldini), 25:36.
Second half: M–Costello (Engle), 48:00; H–A. Miller, 66:00.
Records: Hollidaysburg (9-4)
Lady Bisons prevail
MALVERN — Bedford avenged its 1-0 loss in last year’s PIAA playoffs and moved into this year’s PIAA Class 2A semifinals with a 5-0 victory over Villa Maria Saturday.
The Lady Bisons, who won the 2018 PIAA championship, were eliminated in last year’s quarterfinal just a little over a year to the day ago by the District 10 champions.
Grace Sarver made certain it didn’t happen again. The star sophomore scored four goals, all in the second half, as Bedford pulled away.
A Robyn Casalena goal 35:30 into the first half opened the scoring.
“I think we stepped up to the challenge (Saturday),” Bedford coach Jeff Thomas said. “We made the most of every touch of the ball. We stepped the level of play up from what we’d been playing. We didn’t make many mistakes. There were a few, but not many.”
The Lady Bisons will take on WPIAL champion North Catholic at Mars High School at 5 p.m. on Tuesday in the PIAA semifinals.
SCORE BY HALVES
Bedford 1 4 — 5
Villa Maria 0 0 — 0
First half: B–Casalena (Shaffer), 35:30.
Second half: B–Sarver (unassisted), 19:56; B–Sarver (Taracatac), 19:25; B–Sarver (Shaffer), 5:05; B–Sarver (Martz), 1:17.
Records: Bedford (14-0).
P-O overcomes start
GUYS MILLS — Philipsburg-Osceola recovered from a lopsided first set to rebound and win its PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal matchup with Maplewood, 9-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 15-9, in high school girls volleyball Saturday.
The Lady Mounties got 38 kills from star freshman Reese Hazelton, who has 138 total kills in four playoff matches.
Philipsburg-Osceola will travel to WPIAL champion North Catholic for a 5:30 p.m. PIAA semifinal contest on Tuesday. The winner will play for the Class 2A state title at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg on Saturday at 1 p.m.