Keeney’s OT tally lifts Cocalico over Lady Mounts

By on September 9, 2015
Cocalico keeper Emily Stauffer (left) bats the ball away from Ephrata’s Megan Mahlandt during Saturday’s contest at Talon Field. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Cocalico keeper Emily Stauffer (left) bats the ball away from Ephrata’s Megan Mahlandt during Saturday’s contest at Talon Field. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

When Brianna Keeney inserted a corner to her sister Tayler early in overtime Saturday at Talon field, she had an idea the ball would be coming right back to her.
So when Tayler received it at the top of the circle, and did indeed send a pass to Brianna, the young sophomore knew what to do.
Her shot got past Ephrata keeper Courtney Weaver and went into the cage, giving the Lady Eagles a 3-2 overtime victory over their archrivals from Ephrata.
“Tayler and I made eye contact on the field,” the younger Keener said, recalling the play. “I knew it was coming to me and I was like, ‘all right, this is it.’ Then looked up right when it went in the goal…it was the best feeling.”
For the game, Brianna Keeney scored a pair of goals to lead the Lady Eagles while Hannah Palm notched the other Cocalico goal. Senior goalkeeper Emily Stauffer played a big part in the win, making 16 saves as Cocalico improved to 1-1 on the year.
“Heading into league play, it was absolutely important to get a win today,” Cocalico Coach Brynn Adams said. “We really needed it. Friday’s (2-0 loss to Wilson) was tough. I think we should have won it, so it was a tough loss. But I’m really proud of them for coming back. They were extremely enthusiastic so I knew it was going to be a good day. I just wish we could have done it without the overtime.”
Despite being heavily out-shot and out-cornered, Cocalico held a 2-1 lead for most of the second half. However, with Ephrata continuing to apply the pressure, the Lady Mounts were finally rewarded with 10:09 to play. Off a corner, Stauffer made an initial save but Ephrata’ Julea Truskey was there to poke it in the cage for the equalizer.
Both squads dodged bullets in the final 10 minutes of regulation. With 6:05 to play, Brianna Keeney’s shot got past Weaver but Zoe Korpi was there for the defensive save to keep the game knotted at 2-2. Then in the final minute, Stauffer toed away a Grace Sensenig drive to force the extra period.
Then, early in the OT, a yellow card was issued to Cocalico and the Lady Eagles played short-handed. However, the Lady Eagles still forced a corner 30 seconds later, and Keeney cashed in for the gamewinner.
“When we huddled it on that last play, we said, ‘this is it. We have to do this.’ It was tied 2-2 and we got it done. And it’s amazing that we got this win.”
Ephrata, which got its other goal from Macie Zimmerman off an assist from Sensenig in the first half, probably deserved a better fate Saturday. The Lady Mounts led in shots (18-6) and corners (16-9), but Cocalico was the one on top on the scoreboard.
Still, Ephrata Coach Joy Rice was pleased with her team’s initial performance of the season.
“I have no complaints,” she said following the loss. “I feel happy with how the game went. The 10 players on the field did an awesome job. We’re playing a new formation, and it’s really taken all three weeks of pre-season to learn that, but it is giving us what we need. It gives us an extra back but our forwards have really learned how to move off the ball and go quickly down the field. I thought we had a lot of good individual performances. We had 18 corners so we are really going to be working on finishing.”
“I was happy overall. It’s not the outcome that we wanted but as far as our team is concerned, I felt we came out ready to play and did a great job.”
Ephrata opens Section One play Wednesday at home vs. Warwick, beginning at 4 p.m. The Lady Mounts follow that game up with a trip to Penn Manor Friday (4 p.m.) before returning home to face CV next Monday at 7 p.m.
As for Cocalico, the Lady Eagles opened the season Friday with the 2-0 home loss to Wilson.
The visiting Bulldogs scored late in each half to secure the win. Wilson led in shots (17-10) while Cocalico had a slight advantage in corners (11-10).
Stauffer made 13 saves while three other Cocalico players- Kendra Zemeski, Amanda Enck and Tayler Keeney- all recorded defensive saves.
Cocalico also was in action Tuesday night in a non-league contest at home vs. Tulpehocken. The results of that game will appear in next week’s Review.
The Lady Eagles open Section Two play Thursday afternoon at Garden Spot, beginning at 4 p.m. Cocalico will also host Governor Mifflin in a non-league game Saturday at 10 a.m., before entertaining Lampeter-Strasburg Monday at 4 p.m.

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