EHS girls rebound after first loss
No one saw this coming.
Just three days after earning its second victory of the season over rival Cocalico, previously unbeaten Ephrata went down to Quarryville last Thursday and was stunned in a 1-0 loss to Solanco, which had just one league victory coming into that contest.
The loss tightened things considerably in the Section Two race, so the Lady Mounts came into Monday’s home contest vs. Garden Spot in need of a win to stay in front of second-place Manheim Central.
And Ephrata responded.
The Lady Mounts got first-half goals from Meredith Michel and Kiersten Ueberroth before adding an insurance tally by Brooke Overly in the second half. Goalie Katie Hammaker was strong at the other end, making six saves to secure a 3-0 shutout victory.
Nicole Wilkerson added a pair of assists while Morgan Weaver also contributed a helper as the Lady Mounts improved to 8-1 in Section Two play.
With the victory, Ephrata (24 points) now maintains a five-point lead over Manheim Central (6-1-1, 19 points) with just three league games remaining. The Lady Mounts also clinched an L-L League playoff spot with the victory.
Ephrata has away games at L-S (Wednesday), on the road at Manheim Central next Monday (7 p.m.) before finishing up at home next Wednesday vs. E-town (7 p.m.). The Lady Mounts also have a non-league contest Friday at Warwick, beginning at 4 p.m.
In last Thursday’s game in Quarryville, Solanco scored at the 9:37 mark of the second half for the lone goal of the contest.
Cocalico got back in the win column Monday afternoon at home vs. Lampeter-Strasburg with a 1-0 victory.
Goalie Emily Stauffer stood tall in the cage, making nine key stops to hold off the Pioneers, who out-shot Cocalico, 10-3.
Emily Johnson’s goal in the second half off a feed by Cortney Gensemer proved to be the gamewinner for the Lady Eagles, who improved to 3-6 in Section Two play.
Cocalico also was in action last Thursday at Garden Spot where the host Spartans earned a 2-0 victory.
The Lady Eagles have four games remaining in the regular season, starting with Thursday’s non-league contest at Hempfield (4 p.m.). Cocalico hosts Solanco Friday before a road game at E-town Monday (7 p.m.) and a home contest vs. Manheim Central next Wednesday afternoon.
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