NEWPORT - Steph Dressler scored the first goal for East Juniata and Megan Hart delivered the game winner as the dispatched Newport 3-1 in a Tri-Valley League field hockey game on Monday.
The win forced a tie at the top of the league standings and earned East Juniata a date with five-time defending champ Greenwood for the crown in a playoff game at 4 p.m. Thursday back here in Newport.
Although Newport held the advantage in shots and corners, East Juniata was more productive with its opportunites.
"Tonight was a big win," East Juniata coach Billie Haines said. "The girls came out with intensity and we worked the ball up the field."
East Juniata also got another steller effort in goal from Lydia Strawer, who stopped 13 of the 14 shots she faced.
The difference was two second half goals from Hart and Megan Yeager, a byproduct of great effort.
"Both Megan's were hungry and wanted to score and they did." Haines said. "It was nice to see the girls push and push and push in the circle-we had multiple shots at once."
East Juniata improves to 12-3-1 on the season and will tangle with Belleville Mennonite today at 7 p.m. before its showdown with Greenwood for the conference title.
Mount Union 1
MOUNT UNION - After winning the opening set, Mount Union struggled against Hollidaysburg, falling in the non-league volleyball match, 3-1, Monday.
Mount Union coach Tessa McCormick admitted the 25-11 win by her team in the opener was as much Hollidaysburg's assumption it would win as anything.
"Their heads just kind of got big. They had trouble passing the first game," McCormick said.
The Golden Tigers reversed it in the second, winning 25-8, then finished the match with 25-19 and 25-20 wins.
"We were down the whole time. We kind of narrowed it down at the end," McCormick said.
Kristen Miles had 10 kills, 10 aces and 12 service points for the Trojans.
Hollidaysburg also won the JV match, -0 (25-22, 25-15).
Mount Union (9-7, 7-3) travels to Glendale today.
Midd-West 1, Selinsgrove 0
SELINSGROVE - Sebastian Callender's first half goal was enough for Midd-West as it defeated Selinsgrove 1-0 in a Heartland Conference boys soccer game.
"Our goal was the result of a great Tyler Arbogast corner kick," Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said. "Trevor Stuck won the head ball at the back post to Sebastian Callender, who finished with a great turn and shot to the upper corner."
Midd-West registered 12 shots and had trouble putting away Selinsgrove until the clock struck all zeros.
"We allowed Selinsgrove to hang around way too long in this game," Sauer said. "We had numerous chances to put them away but failed to do so. We need to finish better once the playoffs start next week."
Midd-West improves to 11-6 on the season and 9-4 in the Heartland Athletic Conference.
The Mustangs will be in action next when they host Shikellamy on Wednesday at 7 p.m.