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Bald Eagle nips Juniata in D6 opener

In the end it was Eagles that would come out victorious 1-0.
“ I knew it was going to be a tight game. Juniata had a lot of ties this year. So you know they don’t give up and you know that they can score,” Bald Eagle coach Jason Bair said. “I knew they could score. Seth (Koleno) being able to put in that first ball was helped.”
The game was held at Alumni Stadium in .
Leading the way for the Eagles’ was Seth Koleno who was a strong force down in the Juniata offensive end.
Early in the First the Eagles struck first, thanks to a Koleno shot.
With 37:20 still showing on the clock, Koleno broke free and completed a breakaway attempt by sending a screamer at the Juniata goal that just skidded off the hands of Walter Dressen and into the corner of the goal, making it 1-0.
Juniata regrouped and quickly put the pressure down in the Eagles’ end but Bald Eagle goalie Hunter Etters stopped two quick shots at his goal Area.
The Indians pressured the Eagles’ defensive end after the goal but could not get anything going.
Kelono’s speed kept the Indians back-third on its toes for most of the half.
Defensively, the Indians played a strong role the rest of the first half, keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard after the early Koleno goal.
When the two teams went into the intermission, BaldEagle held the lead at 1-0 and in the shots on goal department by 6-4 margin.
Juniata held the advantage in corner opportunities in the half by a 2-1 deficit.
In the second half, both teams picked up where they left off, taking their respective turns in trying to control the possessions.
For the first 10 minutes of the second half, it would be a battle at the midfield.
Juniata had an early chance as it pushed the ball deep but it would be thwarted by Etters and his back line.
The Indians had its chances but could not find an opening to get a clear shot at the goal.
Chase Lehman came within inches of tying the ball game when he sent a shot at the Eagles’ goal That hit the crossbar.
Desperation started to set in for the Indians as the clock wound down to under 10 minutes left in the game.
Playing with a sense of urgency the Indians gave a strong effort on pushing the ball up the field.
But each time they were met by a strong defensive effort by Bald Eagle. When the dust finally settled it would be the Eagles’ thatrosetheir hand in victory as they move onto play another day.

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