Barons drop OT heartbreaker
After playing in Section Three in recent years, the Manheim Central boys soccer players got their first taste of Section Two in their league opener on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for the Barons, it ended up being a tough one to swallow.
Cocalico battled back from a 1-0 deficit to tie the game midway through the second half and then the Eagles pulled out a 2-1 OT victory when Alec Sensenig scored his second goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
That ended what was an evenly played game between the two squads, as Central (0-1 L-L, 1-1 overall) held a slim 9-8 edge in shots, but Cocalico generated three corner kicks to the Barons’ one.
Finally, after a scoreless first half, Josh Kaiser got the Barons on the scoreboard when he beat Eagles’ keeper Lucas DiCiano on an assist from Damon Crouse.
They protected that one-goal lead until Sensenig cashed in for the equalizer with 21:00 left in the second half. Then in overtime, it was Sensenig who delivered the heartbreaking blow for the Barons.
The goals weren’t as scarce for the Barons last Friday, as Jackson Crouse had a pair of tallies to help lead Manheim Central to a 4-0 shutout win over Donegal in their non-league opener in Mt. Joy.
The Barons’ defense allowed the Indians just one shot on goal, which was handled by keeper Austin Hatch.
Jackson Crouse scored all the goals MC would need when he scored at the 21:00 mark and again just six minutes later to put the Manheim Central boys up 2-0 at the half.
Josh Hershey and Nathanael Erk added second-half goals and Erk, Damon Crouse and Kaiser all picked up assists for the Barons, who outshot Donegal 6-1 and had a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.
The Barons return to the field today (Thursday) when they travel to New Holland to face Garden Spot. More MC SOCCER, page B-5