Ephrata rolls past Solanco in Mountaineer Field debut

By on September 14, 2011



Ephrata's Rachel Stauffer (right) steps around the Solanco defender during Monday's first-ever game played at Mountaineer Field. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)Ephrata's Rachel Stauffer (right) steps around the Solanco defender during Monday's first-ever game played at Mountaineer Field. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

The Ephrata field hockey team unveiled its new turf for the first time Monday. And the Lady Mounts’ play was as impressive as their new field.

After a pre-game ceremony honoring Ephrata graduate and long-time field hockey official and coach Linda Shelley, who passed away Saturday, the Lady Mounts got the season off and running in honor of their former colleague and friend.

Ephrata (1-0 section, 1-0 overall) scored twice in the first 3:16 of the game to set the tone, and tallied four more times en route to a very impressive 6-0 shutout win.

Sophomore Nicole Wilkerson notched her first career varsity hat trick while Moriah Pfautz added two scores and a pair of assists in the lopsided win.

Mackenzie Ruth collected the other goal while Rachel Stauffer had two assists and Erica Brown and Irena Riley each contributed additional helpers for Ephrata, which outshot Solanco, 18-5 and held a 16-3 advantage in corners.

Freshman keeper Katie Hammaker turned away all five of the shots she faced en route to her first career shutout win.

Cocalico, meanwhile, notched its first victory of the season Monday afternoon at home with a 2-1 victory over visiting Garden Spot.

Carrie Sensenig’s goal nine minutes into the second half broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Lady Eagles the margin of victory.

Taylor Kidwell’s goal early in the first half gave Cocalico a 1-0 lead before the Spartans tied it with about five minutes to play in the half. Liza Morgan notched Cocalico’s only assist of the contest.

The Lady Eagles (1-0 section, 1-4 overall) dominated in the stat department, outshooting the Spartans, 14-2 and out-cornering them, 18-5.

Kayla Mellinger made one save to earn the win in goal for the Lady Eagles.

Both local squads will be in action Wednesday as Cocalico travels to L-S while Ephrata heads to New Holland to battle Garden Spot. On Thursday, Ephrata travels to Cocalico (4:15 p.m.) before the Lady Mounts return home to their turf Friday for a game vs. L-S. More FIELD HOCKEY, page B-5

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