Overly hat trick paves way for Ephrata Lady Mounts knock off Cocalico to remain perfect
Two seasons ago, Brooke Overly took a ball off her forehead against Cocalico which required several stitches to close the wound. That game ended in a loss.
So it’s fair to say that when that same scenario play out Tuesday night with another trip to the hospital, at least this time the Sr. forward could do it with a smile on her face.
That’s because prior to leaving the game, Overly definitely left her mark, scoring three first-half goals and assisting on another to give first-place Ephrata a commanding 4-0 half-time lead in a game played at Mountaineer Field. And with junior keeper Katie Hammaker standing tall in goal, the Lady Mounts cruised to an eventual 4-1 victory in the key Section Two field hockey battle.
With the win, Ephrata improved it’s section mark to a perfect 7-0-0 (21 points) and now own a five-point lead over Manheim Central which knocked off E-town Tuesday by a 3-0 decision. Cocalico fell to 2-5 in section play with the loss.
Ephrata, which defeated Cocalico 4-2 in its first meeting in Denver on Sept. 5, didn’t waste time in gaining the edge Tuesday.
Morgan Weaver made it 1-0 just 3:04 into the contest when she scored on a rebound off an Overly shot. Cocalico looked to answer about two minutes later but a fine kicksave by Hammaker directed the ball out of harm’s way.
Then less than a minute later, Overly carried down the right side where she blasted a shot from just inside the circle past Cocalico keeper Emily Stauffer to make it 2-0 Ephrata.
Overly struck again about 10 minutes later, tipping in a Weaver drive to give her team a 3-0 cushion. Then, with just seconds to go in the half, Overly snuck in the left side and tucked one past Stauffer to complete the first-half hat trick.
Overly’s night would come to a close early in the second half when a ball ricocheted of her stick and struck the senior in the forehead. Unfortunately for Cocalico, the damage was already done.
The Lady Eagles did avoid the shutout, though, getting on the board with 26:01 to play when Cortney Gensemer’s deflection off a Carrie Sensenig shot found the cage.
For the game, Ephrata held a slight advantage in shots (18-16) while also winning the corner battle, 8-5. Hammaker was on her game, stopping 15 Lady Eagle shots. Stauffer finished with 13 saves in the Cocalico cage.
In addition to Tuesday’s contest, Ephrata captured a pair of first-place showdowns last week.
Last Wednesday at home vs. previously unbeaten Manheim Central, the Lady Mounts opened up a 1-0 half-time lead with two quick goals in the second half to take a 3-0 lead.
Central did get on the scoreboard late but the Lady Mounts held on for a big 3-1 victory over the Barons.
Weaver and Overly both scored off deflections from a pair of Nicole Wilkerson shots. Meredith Michel then added the third EHS goal off a scramble in front.
Kiersten Ueberroth had the other Ephrata assist as the Lady Mounts held a 13-5 advantage in corners. Each team collected seven shots with Hammaker registering six saves in the victory.
Friday afternoon, Ephrata then faced Elizabethtown with first-place on the line. Again, the Lady Mounts responded.
Ueberroth’s goal 1:10 into the second gave Ephrata a 2-0 lead and it proved to be the gamewinner in an eventual 2-1 victory.
Weaver scored the first Ephrata goal while both Wilkerson and Weaver added assists.
Ephrata did hold advantages in both corners (8-5) and shots (10-3) as Hammaker made a pair of saves in capturing the win.
This past Saturday, Ephrata also made its annual trip to the Palmyra Tournament where the Lady Mounts went 1-1 on the day.
Friday morning in the opener, eventual champion Palmyra scored three times in the first half to take command in an eventual 5-0 victory over Ephrata.
In Game Two, Ephrata turned the tides, scoring three first-half goals en route to an eventual 5-1 victory over Fleetwood.
Meredith Fagan, Haley Lintner, Overly, Allison Ludwig and Ueberroth all scored goals for the Lady Mounts, who out-shot Fleetwood 26-4.
Both Overly and Weaver had a pair of assists each in the victory while Hammaker made three stops.
As for Cocalico, the Lady eagles dropped a pair of Section Two contests last week.
Wednesday in Denver, visiting E-town broke a 1-1 tie with a goal late in the second half to secure a 2-1 victory.
Sensenig scored the lone Cocalico goal on a penalty stroke. Stauffer made six saves in the loss.
On Friday, the Lady Eagles were blanked, 3-0 by host Manheim Central.
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