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CAMP HILL — The first 30 minutes of Camp Hill’s tussle Thursday with rival Trinity carried plenty of entertainment value, the product of back-and-forth play, an open midfield and numerous opportunities for both squads.

They just didn’t include a lead for the Lions.

And so Camp Hill determined it was time to trade some of that wide-open play for something a little more solid.

After a long stretch of hit posts and crossbars, solid saves and wide misses, the Lions finally broke through for their goal in the 32nd minute. It would propel Camp Hill to a strong second half that pushed the Lions to a 2-1 victory over Trinity in a Mid-Penn Capital girls soccer game at Camp Hill’s Siebert Park.

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“We’re a really talented team, but we’re young, so a lot of it has to do with the effort they put forth,” Camp Hill coach Jared Latchford said. “It’s about reading things, not getting frustrated with themselves. I have a bunch of freshmen and sophomore starters, so it’s expected. We all play the way we can, though, it’s tough to stop. The second half I was really happy with.”

The teams ran up and down the field in the early going, with Trinity the only squad to get something tangible from it.

The Shamrocks (3-2, 2-2) struck first with a Grace Webster goal in the 10th minute, while Camp Hill (4-1, 3-0) was frustrated by a collection of near-misses that included Julia Raich’s double-post shot in the fourth minute.

“It’s part of what we’ve been working on,” Trinity coach Terry Mull said. “It’s just a matter of doing the finishing, and that’s been a problem since last year. They’re doing better this year. I thought we played one heck of a game and I thought [Camp Hill] did, too.”

Slowly, though, played turned to Camp Hill, and the Lions cashed in with a little more than eight minutes before halftime.

Raich connected off an assist from Allison Confair, knotting the game and allowing the Lions to relax a bit.

“We know what kind of team we are and we know how we can play,” Camp Hill midfielder Sheridan Reid said. “The first couple games of the season we weren’t playing really well and Trinity is our rival, so it was important to show everyone how we can really play. Our mentality coming into the second half really changed and that definitely showed.”

The second half was controlled by the Lions, though Trinity never let things get away. The tiebreaker came in the 58th minute, when Raich played a nice feed to Reid and the senior made a nice move with a left-footed finish to net the go-ahead goal.

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