Sports Roundup: Boys' soccer, field hockey teams each fall 1-0

On a gorgeous, sunny fall afternoon, crowds converged at the Lampeter-Strasburg athletic complex to witness interscholastic athletic competition. The Pioneers' boys soccer team hosted Manheim Central, while the field hockey team hosted Manheim Township. Both teams lost 1-0.

Boys Soccer

In a game that was characterized by frequent but indecisive and ineffectual drives towards the goal by both teams with occasional shots -- few of which challenged the goalies -- the teams ultimately went to double overtime before the Barons notched a goal to earn the 1-0 victory. During regulation play, the teams engaged in runs up and down the field with many attempted attacks, but generally good defense before there were shots on goal. Jake Klecko amassed four saves in the goal for the Pioneers, who managed eight total shots of their own in a losing effort.
Matt O'Neil kicks the ball while Colin Anderson chases behind

Video from Soccer Game

This short clip of play in the second half is emblematic of regulation - there is consistent movement and some occasional weak attacks on the goal, but no true challenges for the goalies, and no scoring.

Field Hockey

21 to 1. That was Manheim Township's advantage in terms of shots on goal. 1 to 0. That was Manheim Township's advantage in terms of score. Launching a barrage of attacks on the Pioneers' goal aided by a number of corners, the Blue Streaks managed to score only once as the play of goalies Autumn Peters and Robin Feaster successfully rebuffed the advances, using whatever means necessary. 

"I think we didn't play as well as we could have," Feaster says. "We had some nice passing combos, but we just couldn't get a shot on goal. Our defense did a good job of keeping the ball out of the cage to keep us in the game and give us the chance of coming back."

Coach Katrina Swarr agrees, and noted that it is hard to win when only able to take one shot.
Bri Garber helped solidify the Pioneers' defense, but it wasn't
enough to overcome the Blue Streaks

Video from Field Hockey Game

This video was taken during the second half, and shows one of the few times the Pioneers were able to muster any offensive pressure.

Editor's Note: Video clips with game action as well as Picasa galleries with additional images are forthcoming for both games. Please bear with us as we work to improve efficiency in terms of time to upload both images and videos. Thanks.

--Benjamin Pontz, Editor-In-Chief Sports Reporter Kevin Reed contributed to this report.

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