The regular season has reached its conclusion for the Elizabethtown Area High School boys soccer team, a year that was filled with exciting finishes and a few heartbreaking losses. Now all the Bears can do is sit and wait to see where they finish in the District 3 power ratings ahead of the playoffs.
The team had an away tilt in the rain against Manheim Central on Thursday, Oct. 11. The Barons, looking to win the Section Two title, didn’t waste much time; senior Carson Brenzie scored a goal three minutes into the game to give his team a 1-0 advantage.
What followed was a defensive slugfest. Bears senior goalkeeper Brecken Musser recovered from allowing the early goal to finish with 5 saves for Elizabethtown as well. The offense was unable to produce much, however, only getting 2 shots on goal that were both stopped by senior Manheim Central goalie Mason Nissley. Thus, the Barons walked away with both the 1-0 victory and the section championship.
Elizabethtown finished the regular season at 9-5-2 in the standings. Senior Evan Schneider scored 6 goals to lead the team; 2 were overtime winners. Junior Caleb Gerber was second with 4. Schneider shared the team lead in assists at 2 with senior Tyler Bixler, junior Adam Evans and sophomore David Fry. Musser had a team-high 55 saves in the net.
The season is far from over for Elizabethtown, however. As of Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Bears are ranked 15th in Class 4A for District 3, which would qualify them for the 16-team postseason. Several other teams still had games remaining though, so seeds are not finalized. If they do end up making the playoffs, they’ll be on the road against a higher seed on Tuesday, Oct. 23.