McALISTERVILLE - Tony Gehman carded a hat trick in Juniata Mennonite's season-opening, 3-2 win against Fulton County Christian Thursday afternoon.
Gehman scored a pair of goals in the first half only three minutes apart. Two of his three goals came off of throw-ins from Jesse Watts.
Juniata Mennonite coach Kurt Wagner wasn't pleased with how his team reacted in the first half. But in the second, things begin to pick up on the pitch even though they allowed two goals.
"We didn't play very well in the first half," he said. "In the second half, we played a lot better."
Gehman's third goal came with five minutes remaining in the second half. That would prove to be the decisive goal in Juniata Mennonite's win.
"I moved Tony to the midfield position in the second half," Wagner said. "He was able to move up and get that last goal which was huge for us."
Juniata Mennonite (1-0) travels to New Covenant today.
Mount Union 359, Northern Bedford 368, Everett 388
MOUNT UNION - Alex Ashman, of Mount Union, shot an 86 to help lead the Trojan golf team to an Inter-County Conference win over Northern Bedford and Everett on Thursday afternoon.
As a team, Mount Union (3-2) took a decisive win over the competitors with a team score of 359, followed by Northern Bedford with a team score of 368 and Everett with a 388. J.J. McCabe, of Northern Bedford, took top individual honors with an 80.
After Ashman, Ryan Varner ended with an individual score of 87, Cole Boozel shot an 88 and Zac Knable carded a 98.
Coach Matt Fiscus was pleased with certain individual golfers, pointing out that Varner had a strong showing, and that Boozel improved by taking a few strokes off from his last performance.
Fiscus also mentioned Knable.
"Knable shot under 100 for the first time to improve his score," Fiscus said. "It helped give us a win over two conference competitors."
In the future, Fiscus hopes to see his team improve its shooting.
"We're happy to be 2-0 in our league, but I think we can play better than what we did," Fiscus said. "I believe we can shoot better. We just need to get back to get some practice in and get a little bit sharper than we are."
Mount Union travels to the Sinking Valley Country Club on Tuesday to take on Bellwood-Antis.