Mounts knock off Cocalico
After years of enjoying a distinct home-field advantage playing at War Memorial, Ephrata is starting to cozy up to its new digs at Mountaineer Field.
The Mounts won their second home game in two starts Saturday night in a one-sided back-yard affair with Cocalico.
Ephrata went up 2-0 midway through the first half on goals by Kyle Phillips and Brandon Straley and added an insurance tally late by Andrew Moore. Cocalico (4-3 Section Two) did ruin the shutout bid when Wyatt Dungan scored in the final two minutes but the Mounts came away with a very impressive 3-1 decision.
Nate Eberly, Kyle Smith and Quint Felak assisted on the goals by Ephrata, which held a 15-8 shot advantage for the game. Mountaineer keeper Kole DeHaven turned back seven Eagle shots en route to the victory.
Alec Sensenig provided the assist on the Eagle goal while Austin Zeiber saved 12 in the losing effort for the Eagles.
Ephrata (3-4 league) returned to the pitch Tuesday afternoon at defending State champion Hempfield, and the host Black Knights cruised to a 3-0 shutout win.
The Black Knights (6-1) scored twice in the first half and added an insurance goal early in the second to hold on for the win. Hempfield out-shot Ephrata, 13-3, as DeHaven saved five in the losing effort.
Ephrata split in its two other games for the week.
Monday afternoon in Quarryville, the Mounts scored two goals in each half to overpower host Solanco, 4-0 in Section Two action.
Ephrata got goals from Gabe Murcia, Felak, Phillips and Tyler Masterson in the victory. Phillips added three assists while Kyle Smith contributed a helper as well for the Mounts.
DeHaven saved four and Alex Smith one shot to combine for the shutout in goal.
Last Wednesday in Lititz, host Warwick did overmatch Ephrata in a 4-0 shutout win. The Mounts only mustered one shot in the contest as Warwick scored three times in the second half to turn a 1-0 game into a rout.
As for Cocalico, in addition to their Ephrata match, the Eagles split a pair of other games this past week.
Monday night at home vs. section-leading Conestoga Valley, the visitors got scores in each half to earn a hard-fought 2-0 shutout win over Cocalico.
Zeiber made three saves on the day as Cocalico dropped one to the section leaders.
Last Wednesday at Cedar Crest, the Eagles were all over the Falcons, scoring four times in each half to earn an impressive 8-0 victory.
Sensenig recorded a hat trick to lead the way for the Eagles, while Dungan added a pair of tallies. Also scoring goals for Cocalico were Austin DeHaven, Chris Ward and Nick Aldrich.
Dungan added a pair of assist while DeHaven, Luongo, Phil Whitaker, Zeiber and Mitch Denlinger all chipped in with helpers for the winners.
Zeiber had an easy day in goal with three saves to secure the shutout win.
Both local squads will be back in action Wednesday afternoon. Cocalico heads to Quarryville to battle Solanco (0-6) while Ephrata also will be on the road at Lampeter-Strasburg (1-4). More SOCCER, page B-3