Mounts, MC battle to 0-0 deadlock
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Two of the better defensive teams in the Lancaster-Lebanon League met on the artificial pitch Tuesday at Mountaineer Field with first place in Section Two on the line.
Defending section champion Ephrata came into the game having given up just one goal in four games, the Barons one in five. Predictably, the defenses won out Tuesday in an eventual 0-0 double overtime draw.
"The effort was fantastic," Ephrata Coach Rob Deininger said. "We are kind of mirror images of other so it was a nice game to watch at times and other times it was kind of back and forth. But both teams gave everything they had."
Neither netminder, Ephrata’s Kole DeHaven nor Logan Kready of Manheim Central had a lot of action, but both did come up with a few key saves to keep each team off the scoreboard.
Ephrata’s best chance of the night came 12 minutes into the second half when freshman Chris Hershberger served a ball to the left post where Mario Murcia redirected it toward the net. Unfortunately for the Mounts, Kready was there to gobble it up.
Perhaps DeHaven’s best stop came in double OT when Colin Brubaker drilled a ball from outside the 18 which the Ephrata goalie dove to his right to knock the ball out of harm’s way.
"They have a nice team," Deininger said of the Barons. "They have a couple guys who can possess the ball and cause us some problems but defensively we haven’t given up looks all five games. They had one or two but that’s going to happen."
As for his offense, Deininger said finding the back of the net is its top priority going forward.
"We have to find a way to be more creative offensively, whether it be through re-starts, corners, throws or on the field of play," Deininger said. "We are working toward that, and if we get there we are going to be awfully tough to beat."
For the record, the Barons led 10-7 in shots and held a big 9-3 advantage in corners. Both goalies made five saves.
Elsewhere Tuesday, Cocalico earned its first Section Two victory of the season with a 4-1 home win over Solanco.
The Eagles scored three first-half goals to open it up and they cruised from there. Jon Waskowicz led the way with a pair of goals. Danny Graybill and Jake Grasser also found the net for Cocalico, which improved to 1-2 in section play (2-2 overall).
Graybill and Adam Miller both earned assists for the Eagles, who out-shot the Mules, 11-4.
Cocalico keeper Ryan Tait made one save in the victory.
In addition to Tuesday, both Ephrata and Cocalico also were in Section Two action last Thursday.
In Lebanon, Ephrata scored three goals in the second half to break a scoreless tie and key a 3-0 Mountaineer victory. Isaiah Striver, Andy Moore and Alex Smith all found the net for Ephrata, which out-shot Lebanon, 6-0.
Hershberger collected a pair of assists on the Ephrata goals while Mark Njenga added the third Mountaineer helper.
DeHaven notched the shutout in net for Ephrata.
Meanwhile at Lampeter-Strasburg, the host Pioneers scored a goal in each half to post a 2-0 shutout victory over Cocalico.
L-S outshot Cocalico, 14-2, en route to the win. Tait had three saves in goal for the Eagles.
This past Saturday, Ephrata hosted York Suburban in a non-league match at Mountaineer Field. and when it was all said and done, the Panthers handed Ephrata its first loss of the season by a 1-0 decision.
Pandelis Kokmotos broke a scoreless tie 13 minutes into the second half to give the Trojans the lead with what would be the game-winning goal.YS held a slight 5-4 advantage in shots. DeHaven, who allowed his first goal in four games, finished with four saves on the night.
Up next, Ephrata travels to Lampeter-Strasburg Thursday (4 p.m.) while Cocalico also hits the road to face Elizabethtown at 7 p.m.
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