By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
HEPBURNVILLE -- All night long East Juniata tried to get the ball onto the right foot of Spencer Reinford during Tuesday's PIAA Class A first-round game against Trinity.
But when it came time to put the ball in the back of the net, Reinford and the rest of the Tigers didn't have much luck against the Shamrocks.
East Juniata let a one-goal lead and several other scoring opportunities slip by the wayside as District 3 Trinity came back for a 2-1 victory at the Balls Mills Soccer Club.
"We dominated the whole game, but we didn't take care of our chances," said East Juniata coach Don Troutman. "It was a good year, but if you don't finish your chances (a loss) is what happens."
The District 4 champion Tigers (20-3) had plenty of looks at the goal in the first half, including a couple of direct kicks, but their shots were well off their marks as the game remained scoreless well into the second half.
"We had a lot of opportunities, but we didn't get many on-frame in the first half," said Troutman, whose team out-shot Trinity 7-4 in the first half. "It was really frustrating. That's one of things we practice and focus on -- making sure you get your shot on-frame and to take care of your opportunities.
"In some games you may only get two or three opportunities. We had a ton more opportunities than that and we didn't take advantage of them," added Troutman.
East Juniata increased the pressure it put on Trinity to open the second half, and the Tigers would get a big break when Reinford was awarded a penalty kick after he was tripped up inside the box.
Reinford's shot was good as he fired the ball into the lower left corner of the net while Trinity goalkeeper Chase Katterman dove to his left.