Elizabethtown went into its regular-season finale with a chance to do something that no other Section Two team had done all season: Beat Ephrata.
The Bears were eliminated from the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs and the District Three playoffs, but the game served as an opportunity to end the 2017 season on a high note.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute on Kaeleigh Smedley’s team-leading 13th goal of the season. That score took both teams into the half and lasted until late in the second half.
Ephrata (17-1-1, 14-0) rallied to score two goals in the final 11 minutes to hand Elizabethtown (5-12, 5-9) a 2-1 loss. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. It was the Bears’ 11th loss by one goal this season.
Following Elizabethtown’s loss to Ephrata at home earlier in the season, coach Keith Renner said he was hopeful to add more wins in the second half after getting to play each team for a second time.
The Bears were 2-5 against Section Two opponents the first time that they played. There were 3-4 against those same opponents the second time around.
Elizabethtown was one of four teams in the Lancaster-Lebanon League to have a record below .500 with a positive goal differential.
The team will head into 2018 season having lost six seniors to graduation. In addition to Smedley, the Bears will also miss Rachel Wood, Katie Anderton, Kimmy Bucher, Lizzie Ebersole and Jasmine Krentz.
Those six players accounted for 22 of the team’s 39 goals (56 percent) and 10 of the team’s 20 assists (50 percent).