HAZLETON — Camp Hill landed an early haymaker, and it sent Mountain View reeling.
The defending state champions scored a goal less than 90 seconds into Saturday’s PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal and never let the challengers off the ropes.
Dylan Mayanja scored a pair of goals and Amias Colestock had a goal and two assists as the Lions roared to a 7-2 win at Harman Geist Stadium.
Camp Hill will face Masterman, a 2-1 winner of Wellsboro, in the semifinals Tuesday at a site to be announced.
“Early on, we came out flat and they made us pay,” Mountain View coach Joe Scanlon said. “We knew that they would because they’re a great team, and great teams really make you pay.”
Will Earhart put his corner kick right to the top of the 18-yard box where Quinn Pickering settled the ball and whistled a shot into the top left corner for a 1-0 lead.
“It was nice to get on them early,” Camp Hill coach Justin Sheaffer said. “It gives us confidence and makes them play from behind, which completely changes the game.
“Their keeper was solid. They have good individuals. Technically, they’re sound. They attack quickly and Nick (Pellew) and Alex (Showalter), the quality, you can tell they’re good players. It’s just tough playing from behind.”
The Lions (23-1) dominated early, and, if not for several special saves from freshman goalie Connor Richmond, the game could have been out of reach by the 14th minute, which is when Richmond made a diving stop to deny Ben Brodie.
“Connor definitely gets a lot of credit for those saves, being so small and so young,” Scanlon said. “Really great job by him.”
With Camp Hill able to put constant pressure on Mountain View, it seemed inevitable the Lions would build their lead.
At 23:42, they did.
Kevin Young played a ball from 40 yards to the perfect spot — at the center of the 6-yard line — and Myles Klapkowski was there to head it inside the far post for a 2-0 lead.
The best scoring chances for the Eagles (14-3) came in the 27th minute when Pellew was taken down just outside the 18 and Showalter hooked a shot over the top of a defensive wall, but Noah Smeriglio made a leaping save to the side and batted the ball out of harm’s way.
“I think we gave ourselves a chance to score some goals that we didn’t score early, and gave up some goals that we normally wouldn’t want to give up during the year,” Scanlon said. “When you play the returning state champs, you can’t afford to have any letdowns, and we did.”
Jake Coniglio scored on a rebound to make it 3-0 in the 35th minute, and the Lions utilized their speed to blitz Mountain View with three goals in the first seven minutes of the second half.
“It’s a credit to our guys, a credit to the division we play in, too,” Sheaffer said. “Every game we play is like a playoff game throughout the year.
“Susquehanna Twp., Trinity, everyone, top to bottom. You have to show up every night, and it’s nice to be from a good soccer area that we always have that constant battle.”
Colestock set up Mayanja with a cross in front of the net to make it 4-0 just 25 seconds into the second half.
Four minutes later, the duo hooked up again, with Colestock playing a 35-yard ball that Mayanja ran onto behind the defense and neatly placed the ball inside the far post.
Colestock got his goal on another long feed behind the defense at 47:10, and Matthew Little capped the Lions’ scoring at 51:13 after a scramble in front of the net following a corner kick.