Trojans top Indians in double-OT thriller

October 03, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Michael Over must have been late for a hot date Saturday night.

When the Chambersburg sophomore forward finally got the chance to take his first shot of the night, he didn't fool around with the soccer ball.

In the second minute of the second overtime period, Over took a pass from Joe Lapinsky on the left side and chipped it over Waynesboro keeper Chris Taber's reach and into the right corner of the net, lifting the Trojans to a 1-0 win over the arch-rival Indians.

"I just wanted to get the game over," said Over, who only played roughly 20 minutes during regulation and not at all during the first overtime.


"I just looked over on the bench and looked at him and said, 'Why don't you go in there and play it on the left?'" Chambersburg coach Steve Grove said. "Wow, what a shot. I'm just beside myself. We don't usually win these overtime games."

The Trojans usually don't beat Waynesboro, either, at least recently. The Indians swept the teams' two-game series in each of the previous two years.

However, this year, in the newly re-aligned Mid-Penn Conference, Saturday was for all the marbles. Chambersburg and Waynesboro no longer are members of the Keystone Division, in which in the past they've battled for playoff positions. The Trojans are in the Commonwealth and the Indians are in the Colonial, but the natural rivalry, which now boils down to one game, still exists.

"This game means a ton," Grove said. "It will always be a rivalry."

Chambersburg (3-8-2) dominated the first half, outshooting the Indians 8-2. But Taber came through with five saves and the crossbar made two to keep it scoreless at the half.

"We should have had three goals," Grove said. "But when you let a team stay in the match, it becomes a game."

Waynesboro (2-8) turned up the pressure in the second half, which was evenly played.

The Trojans finished with advantages of 17-9 in shots and 9-2 in corner kicks. Chambersburg keeper Eric Johnson made six saves for the shutout, while Taber finished with 10.

"We're just two programs looking to get back on our feet," Waynesboro coach Steve Tanner said. "Our guys are disappointed, of course, but when they look back it, they'll appreciate that they played a good game. It was a great game."

And a great excuse for Over, if he was late.

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