By Brian Holtzapple
For The Daily Item
HEPBURNVILLE -- Danville played an entertaining first half against Montoursville in their District 4 Class AA quarterfinal game on Saturday, but the Ironmen had nothing to show for their efforts.
In the second half, however, Danville made sure all of that hard work paid off.
Danville didn't have as many problems finding the back of the net after the break, as junior Eric Dempsey scored twice to lead the Ironmen to a 3-0 victory over Montoursville at the Balls Mills Soccer Complex.
"In the first half it took us a little while to get used to the surface, and the ball was a little harder and it took us a while to settle the ball down and play our passing game," said Danville coach Brian Dressler, whose team fired no less than 10 shots on Montoursville goalkeeper Sawyer Bressler in the first half.
"That was frustrating, but that's soccer and that happens. You can dominate and not get those goals."
Most of the scoring opportunities for No. 5-seeded Danville (13-6) came toward the end of the first half, and Dressler knew it was only a matter of time until his team finally scored.
"We knew we were playing well, especially in the last 10-15 minutes of the first half when we really started making those quick passes and we started creating those good opportunities," said Dressler. "I knew if we just kept doing that, more opportunities would come and eventually we'd get a goal."
Dempsey, who was one of Danville's offensive leaders on the season, changed the Ironmen's fortunes by scoring off a Shayne Riley assist 5:49 into the second half.
"In the first half I didn't play that well, but in the second half I kept (my head up) and I wanted to score," said Dempsey. "My first goal was pretty big because the whole game was riding on that, and then once we got that goal we just kept scoring more and more."