Elco loses to Mechanicsburg in Districts

Mechanicsburg’s Elena Hinkson and Halle Engle combined to do what they do best — score goals.

The duo accounted for both scores in the Wildcats’ dramatic 2-1 double overtime victory Saturday night over Elco at Elco High School.

The win moves the fourth-ranked Wildcats into the District 3 Class 3A championship game for the third straight year. It will be played Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Northside Elementary School against No. 6 Lampeter-Strasburg, a 1-0 winner over Greencastle-Antrim in Saturday’s other semi.

After a scoreless first OT, Hinkson beat her defender down the left flank and sent a ball across the field that Engle was able to redirect past the keeper for the game-winner at the 13:36 mark of the second overtime.

“I saw Halle running and just wanted to get the ball to her to give her a chance; it is a play we have done so many times,” Hinkson said. “I got a couple earlier, but got them too close to the keeper — just wanted to keep it further out.”

“It feels great,” Engle said. “As a junior I haven’t known anything but a district final. “Just know that the third time is the charm.

“We have played so many double overtime games over the past three years — we know we just have to come out with more energy.”