Cocalico girls rebound from first loss, edge GS
TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor email@example.com
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The true mark of a good team is finding a way to win even when your not necessarily playing at your best.
That was the case for the Cocalico girls soccer team Monday afternoon in a home match vs. Garden Spot.
The Lady Eagles, perhaps still feeling the effects from their first loss of the season last week in a 1-0 setback vs. E-town, could not pull away from the visiting Spartans. However, thanks to a solid defensive front, Cocalico made its one goal stand.
Nicole Zwiercan took a pass from Lyndsay Engle on the right side of the box. After a few quick moves to shake free, Zwiercan, with her back to the goal, turned and fired a right footed shot that snuck in just inside the near post eight minutes before the half.
That goal proved to be enough for the Lady Eagles, who got three big saves from keeper Emily White and held on for the 1-0 decision.
"I am always happy with a win, but I don’t think we are playing as well as well did early in the season," Cocalico Coach Dan Hogan said. "Every season has its ups and downs. A win is great way to get us back heading in a positive direction."
With the victory, the Lady Eagles improved to 4-1 in Section Two play and a stellar 6-1 overall.
Cocalico has done it with defense and goalkeeping thus far, allowing just three goals in seven games. However, it’s been a bit of a struggle at the offensive end as the Lady Eagles have scored two goals or fewer in five of the seven games.
"Our defense and goalkeeping has been very solid," Hogan said. "(Our keeper) White and backs Lexi Palm, Lea Dungan, Brooke Meckley and Ashley Zemeski have given us a very solid backbone. Offensively we are still trying to find the best lineup to make us as dangerous as possible. Luckily we have been able to score just enough to win some games."
And providing the majority of the scoring touch has been the Zwiercan sisters, senior Nicole and sophomore Emily. Cocalico has scored 15 goals on the season so far, and the Zwiercans have accounted for 10 of them with Nicole netting a team-leading seven and Emily with three.
Speed, Hogan said, is what makes that duo such a threat.
"There are not a lot of teams that have two players to match up with their speed," he said. "They also both play with a lot of intensity. Combine those factors with their skill and they really are complete soccer players."
Cocalico hosts Ephrata Wednesday night at 7:45 p.m. in the back end of a boys/girls doubleheader at Eagle Stadium.
The Lady Eagles, who trail just E-town (4-0-1) in the Section Two standings, close out the first half of section play Saturday morning at home vs. Lebanon (10 a.m.).
As for Ephrata, the Lady Mounts enjoyed a successful week of soccer this past week, earning a pair of wins to improve to 3-2-0 in Section Two play.
Monday afternoon at Solanco, Ephrata had seven different goal scorers in an 8-0 rout of the host Mares.
Kelly Liebl, Taylor Moore, Kay Liebl, Sierra Mortimer, Jordan Welsh, Maddie Labrecque and Jenna Yarger all found the net as Ephrata out-shot Solanco, 16-4. The Mares also gave up an "own goal" for the other Ephrata score.
Moore, Welsh, Yarger and Mason Hornberger all collected assists on the day for Ephrata. Brittany Contres and Rebecca Gehman both had a pair of stops to preserve the shutout in the Lady Mount goal.
Ephrata also scored a big 4-1 victory last Saturday over visiting Lampeter-Strasburg.
Leading 2-1 at the half, the Lady Mounts added a pair of insurance goals in the second half to coast to the win.
Brittany Lutz and Kelly Liebl both scored the second half tallies for Ephrata. Moore and Debby Saenz had the first half goals for the Lady Mounts.
Kay Liebl added a pair of assists while Moore also had a helper in the win while Contres made seven stops in goal.
Following Wednesday’s upcoming game vs. Cocalico, Ephrata closes out first half Section Two play Saturday morning at Garden Spot, beginning at 10 a.m.
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