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Mounts take over Section Two lead
The Ephrata boys soccer team continues to roll, earning its fifth-straight Section Two victory Tuesday night at home in a 2-1 victory over visiting Elizabethtown.
The Mounts got first-half goals from Carl Rowits and Nate Eberly, and it turned out to be just enough as the Bears late comeback attempt fell short.
Trevor Boyer assisted on one goal while Kole DeHaven made four stops in net to earn the victory.
With the win, the Mounts improved to 7-1 in league play and they own a one-game lead over second-place Manheim Central (6-2) in the section standings.
Cocalico, meanwhile, dropped its third section match of the season Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss at home against the Barons.
Manheim led 1-0 at the half before tallying three goals over the final 40 minutes to get the win.
Chris Ward scored the lone goal of the game for the Eagles (4-3), off an assist from Wyatt Dungan.
This past Saturday, both local squads were victorious as Cocalico earned a 5-1 victory over visiting Lebanon.
Jesse Enck scored a hat trick to pace the Eagles, who also got goals from Dungan and John Waskowicz. Dungan was the playmaker in this one, setting up all four other goals, in addition to the one he scored.
Wes Rathman made three saves to earn the victory in goal for Cocalico.
Meanwhile in New Holland Saturday, Ephrata scored a goal in each half to blank host Garden Spot by a 2-0 score.
Nate Eberly and Tyler Phillips both found the back of the net off assists from Trevor Boyer and Joel Chachapoya.
Last Wednesday in Ephrata in a battle for first place (at the time), the host Mounts earned a hard-fought 3-1 victory over visiting Cocalico.
Boyer got the scoring started in the game’s 12th minute when he put one past Rathman to give the Mounts a 1-0 lead. Alec Sensenig then got the equalizer 10 minutes later before Matt Faller untied it for Ephrata with a goal from an impossible angle.
Ephrata took that 2-1 lead into the half, and got as big insurance tally eight minutes into the second half as Nate Eberly found the back of the net.
Cocalico did have several opportunities to draw closer down the stretch but DeHaven (7 saves) was equal to the task.
Boyer added a pair of assists for Ephrata while Phillips also had a helper in the win.
Rathman saved nine in the loss for Cocalico. More BOYS SOCCER, page B-4