Nine seniors were honored on Senior Night before Elizabethtown went on to score three goals in the first half to defeat Solanco (2-10, 0-9) 4-0.
Aba Aggrey, Hannah Doll, Maya Fanus, Bri Kain, Sharri Kambesis, Hannah McConnell, Hannah Mink, Abby Thomas and Chloe Thomas were the seniors that coach Linda Sten and her staff celebrated prior to the contest. Team manager Emma Lown was also recognized for her contributions to the team as well.
“They’re definitely all leaders. They were raring to go tonight. I think that translated onto the field,” coach Linda Sten said after the game on Thursday, Sept. 28. “We’re going to miss them. We are going to miss those girls.”
Mink scored her first goal of the season exactly seven minutes into the game to give Elizabethtown the early lead. A little more than three minutes later, Mackenzie Hammaker scored to double the lead.
Jaide Epler scored her seventh goal of the season to give Elizabethtown a 3-0 lead with 16:18 left to play in the first half. The goal tied her with Kambesis for the team lead in goals.
The tie was short-lived, however, as Kambesis scored Elizabethtown’s only second half goal to cap a Senior Night victory.
Elizabethtown finished the game with 16 corners and 22 shots on goal. McConnell, the starting goalie, did not have to make a save as the Golden Mares had no shots on goal and only one corner.
“We played extremely well. I thought we controlled the center of the field very well. Our passing game was awesome again,” Sten said.
Following the win over Solanco, Sten and her team began to focus on their next opponent: Donegal.
The Indians (11-0, 9-0) came into the game having scored 107 goals while only allowing four goals. Mackenzie Allessie was the team-leader with 38 to her name. That is six more than Elizabethtown scored all season. In their matchup at Donegal earlier in the season, the Indians defeated the Bears 11-0.
That score proved to be the final one on Friday, Sept. 29, when Donegal defeated Elizabethtown for a second time this season. Allessie scored three of her five goals in the first eight minutes of the game to go along with two assists.
The Indians also got goals from Ashley Maxwell, Lily Saunders, Amanda Beck (2) and Grace Miller (2). Donegal finished the game with 14 corners and 27 shots on goal.
Sten said that Donegal’s individual skill level, paired with an intimidating reputation, make them very difficult to stop.
“They are very confident when they have their stick on the ball. The ball stays on the stick, which is one thing that is difficult to tackle. Allessie has fantastic stick skills and it’s an intimidation factor,” Sten said. “It’s a mental game. Kudos to them.”
Elizabethtown was playing Donegal without senior captain Abby Thomas after she aggravated a previous injury against Solanco. In order to fill the void that she left, Kambesis was asked to play more of a defensive role, which had a ripple effect on the team’s style of play.
“The dynamics of the give-and-gos for us and explosion out of the circle in transition, that’s what she [Thomas] does for us. Abby coming out, then passing to Sharri and then we’re on our way. We didn’t have that today. We’re just going to move forward,” Sten said.