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Cocalico beats MT for first time in history
By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Staff Writer
In a span of 10 minutes Monday in Denver, the Cocalico boys soccer team experienced several waves of emotions.
First, the Eagles were high, carrying a 1-0 lead late over Section One juggernaut Manheim Township. But with their first victory in program history vs. the Streaks just moments away, Cocalico’s mood changed when MT scored the equalizer with just two minutes to go in regulation.
However, after collecting themselves prior to the overtime, the Eagles regrouped and eight minutes later, were "dog-piling" in front of the Township net.
Wyatt Dungan’s second goal of the game eight minutes into the overtime gave Cocalico the sudden 2-1 victory over the Streaks. Dungan took a pass from teammate Phil Whitaker and got behind the Blue Streak defense. Township keeper Ryan Shultz made the initial save, but Dungan was there to collect his own rebound and put it into the net for the game winner.
"It’s a big win for us," Cocalico Coach Bob Dungan (Wyatt’s dad) said of the huge victory. "Hopefully this win gives us some confidence going forward."
It appeared as though the Eagles would hold on for the win in regulation after Dungan got behind the defense on a carbon copy of the overtime goal, took a feed from Austin DeHaven and deposited it into the MT net 23 minutes into the second half.
But the Blue Streaks knotted the game at 1-1 in the 78th minute of play as Nate Thompson fed teammate Vince Avallone for the tying goal.
"I could just feel the air leaving our team," Coach Dungan said of the equalizer. "Our heads were down but during the talk before the first overtime we kind of straightened out our defense and kind of warned them of what we thought Township was going to do. I’m so impressed, after they were deflated, that the guys came back and got that winner eight minutes later."
For the game, Cocalico held the advantage in both shots (6-3) and corners (11-8). Eagle keeper Austin Zieber made four saves to earn the big victory in goal.
"We were playing them tough," Coach Dungan said. "We had the better chances. It’s not like Manheim Township was the better team and we snuck in there. I thought we had the better of the quality of shots. Don’t get me wrong, they are very good. But we stepped up to the plate and were able to defend."
With the win, Cocalico (6-3 league) already has three victories in crossover games vs. Section One opponents with Penn Manor (Tuesday) and Hempfield (Thursday) still to play.
"It’s definitely a nice feeling to have some success against some of the bigger schools," Coach Dungan said. "Last year we were 1-5 through Section One and we got three wins already. That’s nice to be able to go in there and represent Section Two well against Section One teams."
"We are happy where we are at right now," he continued. "I think there is some confidence coming on with the boys and it’s growing. I’m happy with the fact that we are not giving up a lot of goals, which is always a good sign. Our defense is starting to gel. Our keeper is making great saves and we are getting scoring from some different people. Hopefully we just keep this train going."
Tuesday night Cocalico and Ephrata both were scheduled for action at Penn Manor and Manheim Township respectively. However, scores were not reported from either game prior to press time.
Cocalico also was in action last Wednesday at Solanco where the Eagles cruised to a 7-0 victory over the host Mules.
DeHaven and Dungan each scored a pair of goals while Whitaker, Nick Savitsky and Collin Glassey also found the net. Alec Sensenig assisted on three of the Cocalico goals while Savitsky and Wes Rathman each added a pair of helpers as the Eagles outshot Solanco, 18-9.
Lucas Diciano made nine stops in goal to collect the shutout win.
Ephrata (5-4) was victorious in a pair of games last week.
On Saturday evening at Mountaineer Field, Ephrata got a pair of goals from Kyle Phillips to earn a big 3-1 victory over Cedar Crest in crossover play.
Kyle Smith scored the other Ephrata goal while Quint Felak and Matt Faller each added assists.
Kole DeHaven turned away nine shots to earn the win in goal for Ephrata.
Last Wednesday at L-S, Phillips broke a 0-0 draw with an unassisted goal in overtime to give the Mounts the 1-0 victory over the Pioneers in Section Two action. More SOCCER, page B-6