Cumberland Valley rolls past EHS girls

By on October 26, 2016
Ephrata’s Madison Root (13) tries to carry past Cumberland Valley’s Deanna Laubach (14) during Tuesday’s District Three playoff game. Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Ephrata’s Madison Root (13) tries to carry past Cumberland Valley’s Deanna Laubach (14) during Tuesday’s District Three playoff game. Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Cumberland Valley freshman Rachael Dorwart was impressive two years ago when she scored two goals and added three assists as the Eagles blew out Ephrata 8-0 in the District Three semifinals.

Tuesday night, the now junior who is a member of the U-17 US National Team, was downright dominant again.

Dorwart, who recently returned to the lineup following ankle surgery, scored a hat trick Tuesday at Eagle View Middle School to help the host Eagles to a 4-1 victory over Ephrata in the opening round of District AAAA play.

“Any time you have a player like that, all it takes is one moment, Ephrata Coach Wes Deininger said following the loss. I think she had three goals in four touches maybe…We turned it over a few times and it turned into goals quickly.”

With the win, Cumberland Valley (12-5-2) advances to Saturday’s Quarterfinals against Conestoga Valley, which knocked off Cedar Crest Tuesday by a 5-2 margin.

Ephrata closes out the season at 11-7-1.

CV possessed the ball for long stretches in this one as Ephrata keeper Becca Gehman was kept quite busy. Gehman saved the first seven shots she faced before CV struck for two goals within a minute of each other in the 28th and 29th minutes to finally cash in.

First, Mallory Johnson carried down the left side and fed Dorwart in front, who beat Gehman with a shot into the left corner for the 1-0 lead.

Less than a minute later after the center kick, Emilee Barnett sprung Brice McInroy down the middle as she went in all along on Gehman. Her left foot to the right corner found nylon and the Eagles were suddenly in business.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first as Gehman and Ephrata faced continued pressure throughout but kept it at 2-0 before CV struck for back-to-back goals within two minutes to take a 4-0 advantage.

First, Kim Lyons fed a pass to Dorwart, who turned and ripped a shot in the upper left corner to make it 3-0. Then, 1:30 later, Dorwart took a pass from McInroy and went in all alone on Gehman to complete her hat trick.

For the game, CV outshot Ephrata 17-3 and held a 7-0 advantage in corners.

“We just couldn’t get ahold of the ball,” Deininger said of his team’s lack of offense. “Any time we did we’d try to play it in the air and we weren’t winning anything in the air.”

Ephrata did, however, get on the scoreboard with 4:39 to go as Annie Slovak chipped a ball forward to Taylor Moore, who outraced CV keeper Sydney Bruckner to the ball and put it over her head and into the back of the net.

“It was a good season,” Deininger said. “For these young girls to get a taste of this it’s big moving forward. It’s good experience for them for sure and hopefully they can improve and we can make a deeper run at it next year.”

Gehman finished with 13 saves on the night.

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