Ephrata-Cocalico girls game has significance

By on September 19, 2012

Sgt. Melvin WinkSgt. Melvin Wink

While Wednesday’s boys’ match-up may have a little more significance in the Section Two standings, there is still a lot on the line in the Cocalico-Ephrata girls’ nightcap which gets underway at 7:15 p.m. at Mountaineer Field.

Both squads enter Wednesday’s contest with identical 3-2 marks and in a tie for third place in Section Two, and a win could play a factor in determining a playoff spot at the end of the season.

Ephrata and Cocalico come into the contest off impressive wins on Monday.

The Lady Mounts got hat tricks from both Jenna Yarger and Brittany Lutz to key a convincing 8-1 victory over Solanco. Ephrata scored seven of its goals in the first half and breezed the rest of the way. In addition to Yarger and Lutz, Kay Liebl and Jordan Crills also found the net for Ephrata while earning assists were Yarger (2), Liebl and Amber Winters.

The Lady Mounts outshot Solanco, 17-4 as Brittany Contres made three saves in goal for Ephrata.

Meanwhile in New Holland Monday, Cocalico made a pair of first-half goals stand in a 2-0 shutout win over host Garden Spot.

Shannon Hoeveler and Taylor Esterly scored 11 minutes apart in the first half off assists from Nicole Zwiercan and Kat Lawver.

Keeper Emily White saved all eight shots that she faced to earn the shutout in goal.

Last Thursday, both local squads also were in action where they suffered a pair of one-goal defeats.

At Lampeter-Strasburg, the host Pioneers got a goal in overtime to nip Ephrata by a 1-0 score. Both teams had six shots in the game while the Pioneers held a 3-1 advantage in corners.

Meanwhile at Elizabethtown, the host Bears broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 68th minute to key a 2-1 E-town victory.

Emily Zwiercan scored Cocalico’s lone goal in the first half off an assist from Lawver. White made six stops as Cocalico outshot the Bears, 21-11. More GIRLS SOCCER, page B-3

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