Lady Eagles pull away late vs. Mares
While many of the faces have changed, things remain pretty much the same for the Cocalico field hockey team.
Winners of four-straight Section Two titles, the Lady Eagles are off to a terrific start again in their pursuit of a fifth title in-a-row.
Monday afternoon at home, the Lady Eagles remained perfect in Section Two play as Carrie Sensenig notched a pair of goals to key a 4-0 victory over Solanco.
Leading 1-0 at the half on a Sensenig goal from the top of the circle with two minutes remaining in the period, Cocalico busted it open with three scores in the final 10 minutes of the second half.
Emily Johnson made it 2-0 with 9:16 remaining to give the Lady Eagles some insurance. Then, Sensenig added her second less than three minutes later before Courtney Gensemer closed out the scoring with about five minutes to play.
Sensenig and Janelle High added assists for Cocalico, which out-shot Solanco, 18-7 and held an 11-7 advantage in corners.
Freshman keeper Emily Stauffer made seven saves in the Cocalico cage for her third shutout of the season.
With the win, Cocalico improved to 4-0 in Section Two (6-2 overall) with games at E-town Wednesday and Manheim Central Friday remaining in the first half of section play.
In addition to Monday’s win, the Lady Eagles added an impressive 4-0 victory last Wednesday at home vs. Lampeter-Strasburg.
In that one, Carissa Witmer scored a hat trick while High added the other Cocalico tally as the Lady Eagles broke open a 1-0 lead with three second-half goals.
Stauffer made nine stops in the cage to notch the win as Cocalico held slight advantages in both shots (12-10) and corners (9-8).
The Lady Eagles did drop their lone non-league contest of the week, falling to unbeaten Twin Valley, 6-0, Friday afternoon in Berks County.
Natalie Wilkinson, Ashley Hoffman and Sam Schlegel scored two goals apiece as the Lady Raiders prevailed.
Ephrata, which suffered its only loss of the season to Cocalico in an exciting 4-3 verdict two weeks ago at Mountaineer Field, remained one-game behind the Lady Eagles with a pair of wins this past week.
Last Wednesday at home, the Lady Mounts (3-1 section, 5-1 overall) led 3-2 at the half against Garden Spot before breaking it wide open with a big final 30 minutes. Ephrata scored five-unanswered goals in the second half to capture a convincing 8-2 decision over the Spartans.
Moriah Pfautz led the offensive assault with four goals. Mackenzie Ruth and Brooke Overly each scored a pair of tallies while Kirsten Ueberroth notched two assists for the game. Ruth, Overly and Hannah Reimel each added helpers in the big win.
Katie Hammaker made nine saves to earn the victory in the cage.
Ephrata followed up that win with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory Friday at L-S. Trailing 1-0 at the half, the Lady Mounts scored three times in the second half to claim the win.
Nicole Wilkerson, Overly and Pfautz all scored for Ephrata, which got assists from Pfautz and Ruth.
Hammaker saves five as Ephrata led in both corners (9-5) and shots (5-3).
The Lady Mounts, who are tied with E-town for second place in Section Two, travel to Manheim Central Wednesday before battling E-town Friday at home. Both games are 4 p.m. starts. More FIELD HOCKEY, page B-3