Soccer PIAA Camp Hill vs Faith Christian Nov 12, 2016 (copy)

Amias Colestock, along with Mid-Penn Capital MVP Andrew Sponic, are two of the talented scorers Camp Hill brings with it to the PIAA Class 1A championship.

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PIAA Class 1A Boys Soccer Championship

Camp Hill (3-1, 23-2) vs. Sewickley Academy (7-1, 21-4), at Hersheypark Stadium, Friday, 1:30

About Camp Hill: Either way, the Lions were going to get a program rematch. Camp Hill reached two PIAA title games — in 2007 and ’08 — and lost those games to Pittsburgh-area powers Sewickley and Seton-LaSalle, respectively. Just so happens those same two teams met in the other semifinal Tuesday. And Sewickely prevailed. Justin Sheaffer’s Lions haul a six-game winning streak into this contest, with the lone losses coming to Bishop McDevitt in the season’s first week and Central Dauphin in the Mid-Penn Conference semifinals. …

The Lions are led by senior Andrew Sponic, recently tabbed the Mid-Penn Capital’s MVP. He’s one of many capable goal scorers, with Noah Resuta, Amias Colestock, Chris Poole, Noah Miccio, Matt Little and Mason McDonald also ready to attack the net, while Josh Goodyear, Colin Day, Sponic and Colestock are the top table setters. This Camp Hill team has outscored foes 96-10 this year, with first-team Capital keeper Noah Smeriglio leading the way to 19 shutouts. …

Camp Hill avenged last year’s season-ending loss by beating East Juniata 2-0 in the first round, the goals scored by Colestock and Poole. Then Resuta finished a feed from Colestock in the closing minutes to beat Faith Christian 1-0 in the quarterfinals. There were myriad stars in the semifinal victory over Kutztown, with Daly scoring on a late penalty kick to force overtime before the contest eventually went to PKs. McDonald, Quinn Pickering, Resuta and Colestock all connected, and Smeriglio notched two clutch saves to clinch the title berth for the Lions.

About Sewickley Academy: This marks the fifth straight championship game appearance for the Panthers, who’ve split their last four contests at Hersheypark Stadium and are 4-2 overall in title games. Championships came in 1997, 2007 (3-0 over Camp Hill), 2013 and 2015. Last year’s win was 3-0 over East Juniata, the team that knocked the ’15 Lions out in the semifinals. Sewickley, coached by James Boone, has outscored foes 80-18 this season and enters on an eight-game winning streak, which includes the team’s seventh WPIAL title since 1998. This is a program that has reached the PIAA playoffs in 15 of its last 18 seasons. …

Ian Deihle has scored the team’s last three goals: both first-half tallies in a 2-0 semifinal victory over Seton-LaSalle, and the game-winner with 2 minutes left in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over Windber. Brennan Doyle scored twice, and Mike Napoleone booted home the winning penalty kick with 2 minutes left in the second overtime to beat Brockway 3-2 in the first round. Derrick Littlefield is the goalie, and the defense is headed by Matt Rooney, Benjamin Rampelt, Paul Chropek, Ben Mulholland and Max Reyes. …

It’s a team that prides itself on superior physical conditioning, and the two last-minute PIAA victories this season seem to prove that point. (Though Camp Hill, too, has prevailed late in a pair of state games.) This private school from outside Pittsburgh was formed in 1838, so if you want to say anything bad about them, you can argue that it took the Panthers 159 years to win their first state soccer title. That’s not a very good burn, though.

The pick: Camp Hill 2, Sewickley 1 (OT).

Email Geoff Morrow at gmorrow@cumberlink.com or follow on Twitter at @RageAgainstGMo

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