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Trojans show some spring in their steps

April 01, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Unlike their neighbors in Maryland and West Virginia, the girls in the northern reaches of the Tri-State area play their high school soccer in the spring.

And boy, can some of those Franklin County girls play.

Chambersburg's Brooke Jacobs and Waynesboro's Molly Reffner each had a hat trick as the teams - both reigning division champions within the Mid-Penn Conference - combined for 11 goals Thursday.

The Trojans' firepower didn't stop with Jacobs. Amber Strock had two goals and Logan Lentz and Ashley Ballard each added one for Chambersburg, which pulled away in the second half for a 7-4 victory.

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"Waynesboro has a quality team. It's a good win for us," said Trojans coach Shawn Stenger, whose team is off to a 3-0 start after finishing first in the Commonwealth Division and second in District 3 Class AAA last season. "I didn't expect to score seven goals, but I didn't expect to give up four either. We shouldn't give up four goals."

Reffner's second goal tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth minute of the second half. Ten minutes later, Jacobs scored her third goal to put Chambersburg up for good at 4-3, sparking a four-goal flurry. Strock sandwiched her two goals around Ballard's score to give the Trojans a 7-3 lead with just less than eight minutes left. Reffner rounded out the scoring in the 75th minute.

"We got that one-goal lead in the second half and just started being more direct," Stenger said. "We kept the pressure on them. Amber Strock stepped up big, and Brooke Jacobs was obviously huge."

Jacobs scored in the second minute for a 1-0 Chambersburg lead. Reffner tied it in the 25th minute, and a goal by Katie Staubs two minutes later put Waynesboro (1-1) ahead, 2-1.

Maidens coach Bryan Flickinger knew the lead wasn't safe.

"I knew there was going to be a lot more scoring," said Flickinger, whose team won the Colonial Division title last season. "I was hoping it would be a little more of us and a little less of them. ... But scoring four goals against a team of their caliber is very impressive."

Jacobs' second goal evened the score at 2-2 in the 33rd minute, and Lentz scored in the 36th minute to give Chambersburg a 3-2 halftime advantage.

Stephanie Collier had two assists, while Lentz, Strock, Jacobs and Lindsay Washabaugh each had one for the Trojans, who outshot Waynesboro, 20-9. Sisters Hilary and Stephanie Addleman combined for three saves for Chambersburg.

Nicole Flegel had two assists for Waynesboro, while Molly Mullarky and Jackie Duffey each had one.

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