Hempfield has done it again. They have won the District 3, Class 4A boys soccer title for the second year in a row.
The Black Knights beat Cumberland Valley, 2-0, on Saturday night at HersheyPark Stadium in the pouring rain.
“It means a lot to battle back through the regular season and postseason and get back to this game,” Hempfield head coach Mark Ashley said. “It’s a great honor to represent our league here at districts.”
No. 3 Hempfield (19-4) recorded the game’s first score on Austen Goodling’s unassisted tally at 35:33. Cumberland Valley goalkeeper Matt Zambetti made the initial save on a Hempfield shot, but Goodling booted the ball out of the air directly into the wide-open net for the score.
The Black Knights struck again at 53:19 as Jake Suchar buried a goal. Daniel Hester drove the ball up to Suchar, who found some open space near the post to the right of Zambetti, and booted the ball behind Zambetti into the open net.
Suchar’s score proved to be the title-clinching tally as Hempfield earned the 2-0 victory.
Goalkeeper Brady Ross logged the shutout. Hempfield blanked its final three district playoff opponents.
“I credit Cumberland Valley for a tough game,” Ashley said. “They’re a very well-coached team. We knew that we had to play our best game of the season tonight, and I think we did. It’s nice to be peaking at this time of the season.”
Hempfield’s District 3 tournament hex over Cumberland Valley remained intact as the No. 9 Eagles (13-8) also fell to the Black Knights in last year’s Class 4A semifinals.
Both teams begin PIAA Class 4A tournament play on Tuesday. Hempfield draws the fifth-seeded team from District 1 and Cumberland Valley battles the champion from either District 2 or District 4.