Kaelynn Sheetz scored her first goal of the season and Carlee Reed returned to start in goal, but it was not enough as Manheim Central defeated Elizabethtown, 2-1.
The two teams played a scoreless first half on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and the best scoring opportunity came in the first 30 seconds of the game. Freshman Olivia Anson put a shot on frame, but the Manheim Central keep was able to range to her left to make the save.
Two minutes into the second half, Elizabethtown was called for a penalty inside the box which resulted in a PK. Reed went left, the ball went slowly down the middle to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Rachel Wood was consistently applying pressure down the left sideline, particularly with her speed. Elizabethtown finished the game with 11 shots and six corners and Wood generated a fair share of those opportunities.
With less than 10 minutes to play, Manheim Central sent one over Reed’s head from roughly 35 yards out to take a commanding 2-0 lead. Sheetz responded one minute later to reduce the deficit back to one, but it was not enough.
Coach Keith Renner said that Reed is coming off a knee injury and keeping her healthy is a priority for him and the team.
“I think she looked good out there. She was on top of her game. She’s an aggressive goalie and can handle passes back from the defense. The high ball was a tough one, but that’s how the game goes when you put a ball on net. Sometimes that happens,” Renner said.
The loss moved Elizabethtown to 0-3, but Renner said that the team has made good progress and is happy to see that they’re in each game at the very end.
“I think every game we continue to get a little bit better than the game before. I think this game, for the whole 80 minutes, we played as hard as we’ve played,” Renner said. “After we got that goal, it fires them up. We got close, we almost scored a goal in the first minute, we’re getting opportunities in every single game. We’re just not finishing.”
The team is scheduled to have an opportunity to bounce back in search of their first win on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Cocalico. The game is set for 7 p.m.