H.S. SOCCER: Line Mountain boys, girls eliminated from District 4 tournaments
HEPBURNVILLE - Line Mountain's boys and girls went into Tuesday's District 4 playoff games trying to prove they belonged and were not just target practice for higher-ranked teams not wanting a bye.
The Eagles, both teams, played like they did belong for long stretches of their games, but No. 2 seed Meadowbrook Christian had consistent, if not overwhelming, pressure and won the girls' game 1-0, while No. 2 Sayre took some time to find the mark but ended up winning 5-0 on the boys' side of things.
The girls' game played out the way Line Mountain, which finished with a 6-12 mark in the regular season, wanted - physical and demanding. So much so that two Meadowbrook Christian girls ended up injured.
"They did really well today and played a tough game. We always go out and play physical, and Meadowbrook is going to see physical games from here on in," Line Mountain girls coach Thad Swinehart said.
The Lions will play the winner of the game between South Williamsport and Bloomsburg's in the quarterfinals.
What chances Line Mountain did have, only five shots total for the game, didn't have much oomph.
Meadowbrook had considerably more opportunities, with 12 shots, but had only themselves to blame for not scoring more.
The Lions had two penalty kicks, one that missed high and another was saved by Eagles' goalkeeper Corina Finlan. Both were in the second half.
The Eagles also had five corner kicks in the second half, but got only three shots off in the half.
"We didn't see the looks we wanted, but we worked the ball down the field and into the corners," Swinehart said. "We knew that was a weak spot and got really close, and that's about the best we can do."
In the boys' game, Line Mountain stayed with Sayre for the first 57 minutes, giving up just one goal in that span despite 23 shots by the Redskins.
Eagles' goalkeeper Ethan Marquette-Hulsizer made quite a few stops, while the other Redskins' shots were wide, high or hitting the cross bar and bouncing away harmlessly.
But the Sayre shooters started to find their marks in the end of the second half.
Seth Murrelle scored an unassisted goal and assisted two other goals during a span of eight minutes.
Sayre advances to play the winner of tonight's Benton and Southern Columbia matchup.
Girls District 4 First Round Game
Line Mountain 0 1 - 1
Meadowbrook 0 0 - 0
Boys District 4 First Round Game
Line Mountain 0 0 - 0
Sayre 1 4 - 5