Ephrata falls 8-0 to PM in first round
The Ephrata girls field hockey team’s first appearance in the L-L League playoffs since 2007 did not go so well Saturday afternoon vs. Section One champion Penn Manor.
In the game played at Hempfield, the Comets opened up a 3-0 lead in the first half before exploding for five more tallies in the second to earn a convincing 8-0 decision over the Lady Mounts.
Erin McCoy scored a pair of goals to lead the Comets while six others had single tallies in the win. With the victory, Penn Manor advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals to face Cocalico.
Ephrata (11-8), the Section Two runners-up, generated just one shot on the day while Penn Manor (17-2) blistered 28 on Lady Mounts’ freshman keeper Katie Hammaker, who stopped 20.
Playing without starters Rachel Stauffer, Hannah Reimel and Erica Brown, the Lady Mounts were hit with more bad news when sophomore defender Emma Frees took a ball off the face and was forced to leave the game late in the first half. She did not return but was not seriously injured.
Frees is expected to be back in the lineup Saturday morning when the Lady Mounts face Cedar Cliff (11-6) in the play-in round of the District Three playoffs at Lower Dauphin High School, beginning at 11 a.m.
Last Wednesday at home vs. Lebanon, Ephrata closed out the regular season with a 2-0 victory over the Cedars in a rain-shortened game.
Moriah Pfautz scored both Ephrata goals in the first half off a pair of assists by Nicole Wilkerson. The games was then called at halftime due to the wet weather and the Lady Mounts were declared the winners. More EPHRATA HOCKEY, page B-6