CAMP HILL — The Camp Hill girls soccer team has speed that can beat anyone.
Ava Brackett, Shelly Williams and Julia Raich put that speed on display Thursday night to beat Trinity 4-2 in a Mid-Penn Capital clash at Siebert Park.
Raich put up three goals, controlled the midfield and set Bracket up three times on through balls that enabled Brackett to get behind the Shamrock defense. Brackett scored once and just missed the far post two other times.
Tuesday night, Raich became the all-time leadings corer at Camp Hill with 182 points. She still has next year to add to that total. She finished tonight at 189 points.
“We believe with our speed up top and Julia in the midfield, we can challenge anyone,” Lions head coach Jared Latchford said. “Julia is such an impact player on any field. She is so calm and composed on the ball. Sometimes I wish she was more selfish, but she wants everybody to be involved.”
Raich opened the scoring just 20 seconds into the second half as she ran onto and ripped a cross from Shelly Williams that beat Shamrocks keeper Jennifer Wilson to the opposite corner.
The goal seemed to calm the Lions (13-0, 11-0) down. They went on the attack, scoring two more times in the next eight minutes.
“I didn’t even realize that goal was the first in the game,” Raich said. “We seemed to calm down and start to pass the ball to feet, and we were able to open up a couple of chances for goals.”
“Speed kills,” Shamrocks head coach Terry Mull said. “We needed to play smarter defensively to keep those balls in front of us. We just need to get ready for the playoffs and get healthy.”
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Brackett scored one on a through ball and Raich finished a Brackett cross for the 3-0 lead.
According to Latchford, Brackett finished the game with 98 career points.
But Trinity (10-3, 8-3) tallied two goals in less than one minute.
Isabell Shore ripped a shot that Lions goalie Kendal McCall redirected but couldn’t grab, and Sara Ortenzio was there to put it home. Moments later, Mayleigh Perkins slid a Jess Knaub restart past McCall to cut the margin to 3-2.
“Bella [Hoffer] and Hailey [Dobb)] are so good together and communicate so well on defense,” Raich said. “We kind of fell asleep for a few minutes and they scored twice.”
“We have two tough games next week in West Perry and McDevitt, so maybe those two goals were a wake-up call for us,” Latchford said. “Trinity has five goals against us, and we have only given up one other goal this year. You can see the difference in growth with these younger kids. Margot Kuller, Raich, Hoffer, Dobb and Brackett are so much more confident this year.”
But the Lions had an answer.
Raich ran onto a ball, split two defenders and beat the Shamrock keeper for the insurance goal with just 3:51 left.