Braden Kreider raced through the midfield late in the second half before he laid a pass off to David Shank, who sent one past the diving Lampeter-Strasburg goalie for Elizabethtown’s first goal of the game.
Less than a minute later, Kreider again zipped through the midfield and earned himself a goal to put Elizabethtown up 2-0, which ended up being the final score on Tuesday, Sept. 26.
The two teams went into the half tied 0-0, but Elizabethtown was the team that was creating more opportunities. The Bears registered nine shots and had four corners. Lampeter-Strasburg, meanwhile, had four shots and one corner.
The first 20 minutes of the second half played out much like the first half until coach James Sostack decided to switch his center back and forward. Shank started the game alongside Colin Wieand at center back and Adan Cabrera-Perez was the team’s forward. Sostack called for the change with 22:25 left in the game and the goals came shortly after.
The team’s record currently sits at 8-2 (6-2) and the L-S game was the team’s third in four days. Elizabethtown visited Ephrata, the leaders in Section Two, on Saturday, Sept. 23, and lost 1-0 in double-overtime with 9.2 seconds remaining. The team bounced back on Monday, Sept. 25, with a 3-0 win on the road against South Western. Sostack said that he was pleased with how his team performed in the grueling stretch that feature higher than usual temperatures for this time of year.
“I think they did well. We played a good South Western team and did very well. I was pleased that they were able to put it together and find the finish,” Sostack said. “I think that has been our nemesis right now. We’re creating the opportunities; we just have to put the ball in the back of the net.”
Sostack went on to explain that while the Bears lost at Ephrata, he left the game feeling very confident about his team.
“I saw these boys play the best game of their season. Quite honestly, sports can be cruel. It was a very strange goal that was scored. It was one that you’ll probably never see again in a soccer game. Now we have to chase and get some help,” Sostack said.
Against Lampeter-Strasburg, the Bears’ defense limited the opportunities that the Pioneers had throughout the game. Lampeter-Strasburg managed to produce eight shots, but only two were on goal which made life easy for starting goalie Cole Baker (above).
Baker has started in goal for the Bears all season. Austin Denlinger has spent much of the season recovering from a partially torn MCL in his left knee. Sostack sent Denlinger in for his first minutes of the season shortly after Kreider scored Elizabethtown’s second goal.
Now that he has two goalies that are healthy and possess the ability to start for Elizabethtown, Sostack says he and the team will discuss how to move forward.
“We’re going to have a talk with the team. I think this needs to be sorted out. Obviously, you’ve got one of the best goalkeepers in the state [Denlinger] that’s returned. You also have what was his backup who has done a great job. We’ll involved everybody in the conversation and we’ll see how we progress. We’re lucky. We’ve got two great keepers and it is a good problem to have,” Sostack said.