Cocalico senior tallies school-record eight goals in win over Warwick

By on September 16, 2015


Cocalico’s Emily Zwiercan charges past Warwick defender Sam Machin during Saturday’s record-breaking game. (Photo by Denise Mitchell)

Cocalico’s Emily Zwiercan charges past Warwick defender Sam Machin during Saturday’s record-breaking game. (Photo by Denise Mitchell)

Cocalico’s Emily Zwiercan had the Midas Touch Saturday in what can only be described as a “crazy” non-league girls soccer game played in the rain at Warwick.

The senior midfielder scored a school-record eight goals in the game as the Lady Eagles rallied from five separate deficits to overcome and out-slug the Lady Warriors in a wild 9-7 result.

Cocalico trailed 3-1, 4-2, 5-4, 6-5 and 7-6 before Zwiercan completed the comeback for good with a natural hat trick (three-straight goals) over the final 12 minutes.

“In 16 seasons as the varsity girls coach, it was the strangest game I have ever been a part of,” Cocalico Coach Dan Hogan said. “It was a strange game for us because we usually stress defense first, and sometimes have trouble finding the goal. (Saturday) was just the opposite…an all-around crazy day.”

Zwiercan’s performance obliterated the school record for both boys and girls. Gretchen Hall held the girls mark with five goals in a game in the spring of 1998. The boys’ record was six and set by Brian Lesher in the fall of 1996.

Hogan was asked to put into words what he saw from his senior star Saturday.

“I don’t know if there are words to describe it,” he said. “For me it was the single greatest performance I have witnessed in a girls high school soccer game. There are lots of times I see soccer players scoring multiple goals in a game, but that is usually in a lopsided game. (Saturday), we needed every one of Emily’s goals. She was double-teamed the whole game and still managed to do what she did. What people who weren’t there might not recognize is that Emily did not score all of those girls all on her own. She did a great job involving her teammates, as evident by all the different players who had assists in the game. Her teammates also recognized Emily was having a special day and did a great job of putting her in a position to score.”

Freshman Rowan Lapi scored the other Cocalico goal while Paxton Steffy (2), Lapi, Alison Grobengieser, Allysa Hirneisen, Samantha Donmoyer and Morgan Glassey all picked up assists.

Warwick was led by Rene Ross, who had a hat trick while Lauren Snader notched a pair of goals.

Warwick out-shot Cocalico, 20-16 and held a 7-1 advantage in corners. Cocalico’s Emily White made 13 saves in goal.

Last Thursday at home, the Lady Eagles scored two goals in each half to cruise to a 4-0 victory over Lampeter-Strasburg in Section Two play.

Lapi and Zwiercan scored two goals each to lead the way.

And Tuesday afternoon, Cocalico returned to Section Two play on the road at Solanco where Lapi’s four-goal game helped propel the Lady Eagles to a 5-1 victory over the Mares.

Grobengeiser added a goal while Donmoyer, Lapi, Steffy and Zwiercan all collected assists.

White made two saves as Cocalico remained perfect at 4-0-1, and is 2-0-1 in Section Two play.

“I think we are in a good place right now,” Hogan said of his team’s start. “We have played some tough competition and I have been happy for the most part with how we played. At the same time, the girls know that we still have work to do to continue to improve. Their attitudes and work ethic have been very good and if we continue with our excellent attitude and are able to stay healthy we should continue to be able to compete well against the rest of Section Two.”

Ephrata, meanwhile picked up a huge Section Two road victory Tuesday night with a 2-0 triumph over host Manheim Central.

Taylor Moore scored both Ephrata goals in the second half- the first on a penalty kick and the second off a feed from Kay Liebl- to key the win.

Becca Gehman made three saves to record the shutout in goal as the Lady Mounts improved to 2-1 in Section Two play (3-1 overall).

The Lady Barons fell to 1-1-1 in Section Two (1-1-2 overall.

In addition to Tuesday, Ephrata also was in action Friday afternoon where the Lady Mounts thumped host Lebanon by a 10-0 decision.

Madison Root scored a hat trick while Sierra Mortimer and Moore each added two goals apiece to lead the way for Ephrata in the lopsided win. Other goal scorers for the Lady Mounts included: Kasey Umana, Jordan Welsh and Rebekah Pauley. Moore also had four assists on the day for the Lady Mounts.


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