Elizabethtown pushed their record above .500 with a 6-0 victory over the visiting Spartans of Garden Spot. Coach Linda Sten saw her team score two goals in the first half and four in the second before the team switched to a possession style of play.
The Bears registered 25 shots and 13 corners and the Spartans recorded zero in each category.
“Our goal, in every game, is to not allow anyone below our defensive 25. That’s our goal,” Sten said. “Obviously, we were able to do that. I thought the defense did a really good job stepping up and swinging the ball. That’s really important to keep the attack on their heels.”
Junior Jaide Epler scored her second goal of the season on Elizabethtown’s third corner of the game. With a little more than 20 minutes gone in the first half, Elizabethtown was awarded a penalty stroke and captain Sharri Kambesis didn’t miss the opportunity.
“They clogged the center of the field and we were able to play wide,” Sten said.
In order to alleviate some of the pressure that was coming from the middle of the field, Sten decided to play a high forward that often drew three defenders.
“That left about 40 yards in the center of the field open. We moved Sharri up into that space and that seemed to really help as far as getting it out of the backfield and possessing the midfield,” Sten said.
All three captains scored in the second half and it started with Hannah Doll’s goal four minutes into the half. Kambesis notched her second of the game, third of the season, 11 minutes in and Abby Thomas scored the sixth and final goal with 4:30 left to play.
In between the goals by Kambesis and Thomas was the first goal of the season for Ivy Loy off a corner. Epler led the team with two assists. Mackenzie Hammaker and Kambesis also assisted on one goal.
Sten said that Epler made a few adjustments on her possession play and one-on-one play that allowed to her play “really well” on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
“She implemented them really well, which allowed her to keep possession of the ball and create some attack on the left side,” Sten said of Epler.
She was also complimentary of the entire team after the resounding victory.
“I thought we played extremely well. I thought we played a really good possession game,” Sten said.
The team pushed its record two games above .500 as they went on to defeat Cocalico, 5-0, on Friday, Sept. 15. E-Town’s offense managed 31 shots on goal and 10 corners. Cocalico, meanwhile, had five shots on goal and three corners.
Epler, Kambesis, Doll, Loy and Hammaker scored for the Bears. Epler added two more assists and Kambesis and Hammaker each had one.
Elizabethtown suffered its first loss in the section when they visited Donegal on Monday, Sept. 18. Mackenzie Allessie scored five goals for the Indians en route to a convincing 11-0 victory.
“They’re a really good team, so we knew coming it was going to be tough, but we still worked hard,” Sten told Diana Pugliese of LNP. “Our girls were not intimidated by them, but we came away with a lot of really good positives from the game defensively and just midfield, moving the ball. Eliminating the score, we never gave up.”