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A VALIANT EFFORT: Stubborn Raiders battle, but lose to Milton Hershey, 34-14

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Middletown Coach Brett Myers gave this assessment of the Blue Raiders' 34-14 loss to Milton Hershey on Friday, Oct. 3 at War Memorial Field: “We stood toe-to-toe with the best team in the division in the first half. But we made some mistakes in the second half. And that’s because we are young.”

Locked up in a 14-14 tie at halftime, the two teams took the field to start the second half with the outcome still very much in doubt. But the visiting Spartans took advantage of a couple of Raider mistakes early in the third quarter by scoring a pair of quick touchdowns that pushed Middletown into a 28-14 hole.

And the Raiders spent the rest of the contest trying to dig their way out.

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A SEASON-SAVING WIN? Rollers hold off Camp Hill, 20-14

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During a see-saw season, Steelton-Highspire has kept its fans on the edge of their seats with each game. Their clash with Camp Hill on Friday, Oct. 3 at Cottage Hill was no different.

Though the Rollers never trailed, the game came down to the final minutes before Steel-High emerged with a 20-14 victory over the Lions.

The win for the Rollers (2-4, 1-2 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) may have been season-saving, preserving Steelton-Highspire's hopes for postseason playoffs. But Coach Andrew Erby observed after the game, "We still need to improve a lot.''

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GUT CHECK: Falcons rebound, beat Red Land, 23-14

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This was supposed to be a test. A challenge, from the head coach to his team. After a disappointing 27-7 loss to Cedar Cliff, a big, physical team that beat them at their own game, the Lower Dauphin Falcons faced undefeated rival Red Land in a game that was supposed to show their mettle.

Challenge met.

The Falcons bounced back from their first loss of the season, overwhelming Red Land with a stunning first half en route to a 23-14 victory over the Patriots on Friday, Oct. 3 at Hersheypark Stadium.

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GIANT KILLERS: Raiders topple division leader East Pennsboro in OT thriller in boys' soccer

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Another game against a first-place team, another thrilling overtime for the Middletown boys' soccer team.

After the Blue Raiders dispatched West Perry, the former leader of the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division, 3-2 in overtime on Saturday, Sept. 27, they met new division leader East Pennsboro three days later at War Memorial Field.

The Panthers had beaten Middletown 2-0 earlier in the season, but the Raiders are a different side, having revamped their formation and learned from early-season mistakes.

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Raiders beat Panthers in girls' soccer, close in on playoff spot

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Makaila Nester and Alexis Ulrich scored goals as Middletown defeated East Pennsboro, 2-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in East Pennsboro Twp. to move closer to a postseason playoff spot in District 3 Class AA girls' high school soccer.

Goalkeeper Brooke Myers made 11 saves as the Blue Raiders (10-4, 7-3 in the Mid-Penn Conference's Capital Division) rose to eighth place in the Class AA power rankings. The top 18 teams qualify for the District 3 playoffs.

East Pennsboro avoided a shutout when Kassy Brown scored a goal in the 70th minute. The Panthers (10-4, 5-4) are in 12th place in the power rankings.

Katelynn Kennedy assisted on Nester's goal, scored in the 27th minute. Ulrich scored in the 52nd minute on an assist from Rowan Sessa.

Trinity 1,
Middletown 0

The unbeaten Shamrocks scored a quick goal in the fourth minute, then held on to beat the Raiders on Thursday, Oct. 2 in Middletown.

Trinity (12-0-2) remained atop the Capital Division with an 8-0-1 division record.

Theresa Duke scored the lone goal on assists from Ashley Rogliano and Catheirne Gregoire. Shamrock goalkeeper Amanda Knaub made four saves to shut out the Raiders.

Myers made seven saves in goal for Middletown.

 

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