Ephrata girls lose to CB East on late goal

By on November 5, 2014
 Ephrata’s Jordan Welsh and her teammates suffered a season-ending 2-1 loss to Central Bucks East Tuesday night in the State Tournament. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Ephrata’s Jordan Welsh and her teammates suffered a season-ending 2-1 loss to Central Bucks East Tuesday night in the State Tournament. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

When Jenna Yarger took a feed from Taylor Moore and drilled it into the back of the net Tuesday night in the first round of the State Tournament at William Tennent High School, both Ephrata and Central Bucks East immediately went into crunch-time mode.
For one team, the next goal more than likely meant a chance to advance to the State quarterfinals and play another game. For the other, it would mean the end of the road.
Unfortunately for the Lady Mounts, it was them who reached the end of the line.
With the score knotted at 1-1 and less than 17 minutes to play Tuesday, the Patriots’ Maddie Myrtetus finished off a corner for the eventual game winner in the 2-1 CB East victory.
With the win, the Patriots (18-3-2) advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals where they’ll face Seneca Valley, a 2-1 overtime winner over Penn-Trafford Tuesday.
As for Ephrata, the Lady Mounts closed out the season at 16-7-1.
“It was a tough one,” Ephrata Coach Wes Deininger said of the loss. “But it was a fantastic run. The girls banded together and really worked hard to get where they got. It was great to see them work so hard together. They definitely had good team spirit, and that took us a long way.”
Tuesday, the Lady Mounts got off to a slow start. The Patriots were buzzing in the early going and finally were rewarded 11 minutes into the first half.
Ephrata actually had a free kick from the midfield area but CB East won a headball and broke out from there. Emma Loving carried up the field before sending a through ball to the foot of Kristen Murphy, who went in all alone on Ephrata keeper Becca Gehman (6 saves) for a nice finish and the game’s first goal to put the Patriots on top 1-0.
“Our first half wasn’t great. We didn’t play our best, “ Deininger said.
Trailing 1-0 at the break, Ephrata responded with better play in the second half. And then in the game’s 44th minute, the Lady Mounts knotted it at 1-1 when Jenna Yarger finished a feed from teammate Taylor Moore for the equalizer.
It remained that way until the 60th minute when CB East began to apply the pressure. The Patriots forced three consecutive corners before finally converting in the third one for the eventual game winner.
Paige Weiss sent it in to the head of teammate Hannah Zach. CB East’s Kate Schlotter then touched it to Myrtetus, who finally banged it home for the 2-1 advantage.
Ephrata never threatened after that and the Patriots survived to advance to the quarterfinals.
For the game, Ephrata was out-shot, 8-3.
The Lady Mounts will now say good-bye to senior team leaders Kelly Liebl, Brittany Lutz, Debby Saenz and Yarger, all of whom had a big hand in Ephrata’s post-season success.
“They meant everything to us,” Deininger said. “They were the leaders for sure. When we had tough games throughout the season they were the ones who picked everyone up. I think throughout this playoff run it was definitely the seniors who were coming up with all the goals, all the big plays in the back…they clearly led us on and off the field so it will be huge to lose them.”


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