DuBOIS — The DuBois Christian School soccer teams celebrated Senior Day in style Tuesday as they swept Cambria County Christian as both the girls and boys squads maintained their hold on first place in the standings in the West Division of the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association (ACAA).
The DuBois Christian girls (8-1 overall, 7-0-1 in ACAA West) got off to sluggish start against the winless Lady Panthers (0-8-1) and found themselves down 2-1 at the half.
However, a key personnel switch at the half sparked the lady eagles and proved to be the difference in the game. That change saw starting goalkeeper Emily Deitch move up top as a forward as she linked up with teammates Sophia Williamson, Rorrie Maynard — and a times Hannah Mowrey — in that front line to give the Cambria County defense fits the final 40 minutes.
Williamson, one of the team’s two seniors, was the main beneficiary of that attack as she scored three second-half goals to rally the Lady Eagles for a 4-2 victory. Williamson netted all four DuBois Christian goals on the day — a career high for the Lady Eagle on her senior day.
Williamson, along with Colesy Brownlee and Spencer Packer — the boys lone senior — were honored between the two games in a brief ceremony.
The Eagles (8-6 overall, 5-1 in ACAA West) then went out and put together a dominating 80-minute performance, scoring four times in each half while limiting the Panthers to just six shots in an 8-1 victory in what was a non-league game for them.
Six different Eagles found the back of the net, with junior Garrett Metzger headlining that attack with his first career hat-trick.
Things started well for the DCS girls, with Williamson opening the scoring. However, Cambria County quickly answered back with a goal by senior Hannah Petrunak to even the score.
The Lady Eagles struggled to get into an offensive rhythm following Petrunak’s equalizer, and the Lady Panthers eventually went on top 2-1 when Hope Fenchak blasted home a shot on a direct kick from just oustide the box on the left side.
DuBois Christian made the switch in goal late in the half, with koisha Frazier replacing Deitch, who didn’t re-enter the game until after the break.
Deitch made an immediate impact in the second half as she and Petrunak each had shots stopped bby their opponents’ respective keepers.
Deitch’s presence on the right side drew the eye of the Lady panther defense, which opened the middle more for Williamson. And, the Lady Eagle senior capitalized on that with two quick goals to put DCS back on top at 3-2. Maynard set up both goals with a pair of nice passes.
The Lady Eagles controlled the tempo for most of the second half from there, with Williamson, Mowrey, Deitch, Maynard and Emily Hannah all having scoring chances.
Williamson finally converted again on one of her opportunities. She ran down a nice through ball by Deitch, dribbled in on goal and blasted a past the Lady Panther keeper to make it 4-2.
Cambria County didn’t go away quielty though, and had a couple prime scoring chances late in the contest.
However, Frazier came up big for team to keep it a 4-2. She made two huge saves in rapid succession when Petrunak found herself alone behind the DCS defense. Frazier dove to her right to block the first shot, then while on the ground blocked a rebound shot off the foot of Petrunak before defender Gabby Meholick cleared the ball out of harm’s way.
Frazier made one more save before game’s end to help preserve the 4-2 victory.
“It was a little slow at first today, and they were struggling some,” said Lady Eagles coach Nancy Mowrey. “But, then I moved Emily (Deitch) up out of goal and I think that gave them the momentum they needed because she’s aggressive
“It was nice to see Sophia get four goals being her Senior Day, and to get the win for her and Colesy. This was an important win going into some big games against Blair County Christian on Thursday and Saturday.”
It quickly became apparent in the boys game that it was going to be one-sided affair in the Eagles’ favor. And, the stats bared that out as the Eagles outshot the Panthers 28-8 and held a 19-0 edge in corner kicks.
Metzger book-ended the first-half scoring with goals off set pieces. He opened the scoring by heading in a corner kick by Gabe Hoover, then scored late in the half off a throw-in by Zaden Thomas. The ball rattled around a couple players on the throw and found its way to Metzger, who fired a shot between two defenders and inside the left post to make it 4-0 at the break.
In between those scores, Adam Mowrey and Levi Thompson scored for the Eagles.
Thompson helped set Mowrey’s goal that made it 2-0. Cambria County’s keeper slid to capture a through ball but it bounced off his hands, then deflected off a hard-charging Thompson back towards the net.
Mowrey, who also made a run on goal, was on the spot to flick home the ball into a wide open net. Thompson scored shortly after to make it 3-0 at the time.
Metzger completed his hat-trick early in the second half when he fired a shot from the right side of the Panther box into the far corner of the net to out DCS up 5-0.
DuBois Christian coach Scott Mowrey then started to rotate some his players from offensive to defensive positions, but the Eagles continued to keep the pressure on the Panther net.
Devon Thomas fired home a shot from the right side of the box to put the Eagles up 6-0, while Zaden Thomas later redirected home a cross by Adam Mowrey for a 7-0 DCS lead.
Gabe Hoover capped the DuBois Christian scoring on a long-range shot when the Panthers’ keeper came well outside the Panther box to try to play a ball. That left the net wide open, and Hoover didn’t miss on his shot.
Cambria County Christian’s Ethan Mundweiler spoiled the Eagles’ shutout bid when he scored late in the game against backup keeper Shane McCabe, who early had made a save to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard. However, Mundweiler’s effort got just over top his hands as he jumped to make the save.
“It was big for us to get a win for Spencer (Packer) on Senior Day and celebrate his soccer career with a victory,” said Eagles coach Scott Mowrey. “We moved a lot of guys around in the second half and got some kids experience in some different positions, which was good.
“We also had a lot of different kids score goals today, and Garrett certainly had a big day for us with his first hat-trick. That was nice see. He’s has the ability to be a goal scorer, and hopefully this motivates him to play more like he played tonight.”
Both DCS teams have a big three-day stretch upcoming, as they play at Blair County Christian on Thursday before hosting Blair County in makeup games on Saturday. The matchups will decide who wins the ACAA West Division. The Lady Eagles have a non-league game at Grier in between on Friday.
The Lady Eagles currently hold a one-point lead (22-21) over Blair County, while the schools’ boys teams are currently tied with 15 points.