Boys Soccer win thriller in OT

WOW, what a game! The Eagles faced 1st place Western Division Champs Cambria County in the 3rd place consolation game at the ACAA Championships. The Eagles fell behind 2-0 deep into the first half as things were taking a turn for the worse as midfielder Tanner Gutelius was escorted off the field after a mid-air collision late in the first half. With Karch Carey sidelined due to an ankle injury and Tanner out for the rest of the game, the Eagles had to rely on their younger talent to keep the left side of the offense intact. With 1:06 left in the first Branden Scheaffer assisted by Taylor Edwards beat Cambria’s keeper to put the game within reach as the Eagles headed to half time down by one. Seven minutes into the second half Cambria seemed to have gotten the best of SCA as they pulled ahead with another goal. Down 3-1, Taylor Edwards answered back seven minutes later with a beautiful shot from the right side from an assist from Sheaffer. As time wore down and with both defenses locking things down, looks at the net were becoming increasingly difficult. A hard tackle by Cambria in the box gave the Eagles a PK opportunity with 16:12 left in the game. As Branden Sheaffer stepped up to the penalty mark he easily placed the tying goal into the lower left corner of the net. The Eagles celebration was short-lived as Cambria scored again four minutes later. As time wound down it seemed as if Cambria would be able to hold off the hard fighting Eagles. With 5:15 left in regulation, SCA was awarded a direct kick 25 yards out in front of Cambria’s goal. As Blake Spangler-Jones weighed his options he placed a beautiful direct kick into the upper left 90 to tie the game at four. As the final horn sounded in regulation the teams were heading into overtime. Just 1:08 into the first overtime period on a send from Taylor Edwards, Branden Sheaffer put in a screamer in from the right side as it went cross net and banged off the left post and wrapped around the back of the net as the Eagles pulled ahead 5-4. The Eagles were able to win the game of possession in the final minutes of overtime as they played one of their best games of the season by overcoming a 3-1 deficit to win the game with a final score of 5-4 in OT.

The Eagles finish their season with a 13-7-2 overall and 10-5-2 ACAA record. They placed third in the ACAA Eastern Division and with the win over Cambria County on Saturday earned the third place spot in the ACAA Soccer Championships.

Congratulations to Lady Eagles Abby Daddario for being named an ACAA All Star.

Congratulations to the Eagles Branden Sheaffer, Jed Stuck, Tanner Gutelius and Blake Spangler-Jones for being named ACAA All Stars for the 2012 season.