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BETHLEHEM — Carter Knepp scored 38 seconds into the game and finished with a hat trick as Midd-West dominated Notre Dame-Green Pond on Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A boys soccer tournament.

The Mustangs won 6-0 to reach Saturday’s quarterfinals. Midd-West (19-3) will next play District 1 champion New Hope-Solebury, which advanced past Fleetwood in a shootout.

Knepp scored on a free kick with 1:20 left before halftime to double Midd-West’s lead. Knepp, Nick Eppley, Connor Erdley and Aidan Steininger all scored in the second half for the Mustangs.

PIAA Class 2A

First round

at Liberty H.S.

Midd-West 6, Notre Dame-Green Pond 0

First half

MW-Carter Knepp (Nick Eppley), 0:38; MW-Knepp, 38:40

Second half

MW-Eppley (Angus Strohecker), 1:40; MW-Knepp (penalty kick), 7:22; MW-Connor Erdley (Chase Strohecker), 22:44; MW-Aidan Steininger (Knepp), 33:03.

Shots: MW, 11-2. Corners: MW, 6-3. Saves: Midd-West 3 (Chase Roush); Notre Dame-Green Pond 8.

n East Juniata 1, Halifax 1

(EJ advances 2-1 in shootout)

MECHANICSBURG — The Tigers finally got the better of the Wildcats, and they did it when it mattered most — in the Class A state tournament.

Xavier Clement and Gannon Ryan made spot kicks in the shootout for East Juniata, while Halifax made only one, which allowed the Tigers to advance to Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinals. East Juniata will face Dock Mennonite, a 4-0 winner over Devon Prep.

Halifax defeated East Juniata three times previously this season by a combined margin of 12-2.

The Wildcats scored the only first half goal, and then Cade Brubaker scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half to even the score for the Tigers.

Andrew Hunter made 17 saves for East Juniata, and stopped two attempts in the shootout.


First round

at Eagle View M.S.

East Juniata 1, Halifax 1

(EJ advances 2-1 in shootout)

First half

H-Nathan Berger (Colby Enders), 20:28

Second half

EJ-Cade Brubaker (penalty kick), 58:13.

Shots: H, 21-10. Corners: H, 7-4. Saves: East Juniata 17 (Andrew Hunter); Halifax 8 (Ben Anderson).

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