Personnel changes continued for the Elizabethtown girls soccer team, but they rallied behind Kaelynn Sheetz’s hat trick to defeat Lebanon 8-0 on Monday, Sept. 18.
“We needed to get her going. Hopefully today got her going and got her in the mood to score some more. She’s coming off a shoulder injury over the summer so I think she was maybe playing a little tentative in the beginning, but she seems to be playing like her old self right now,” coach Keith Renner said.
Senior Katie Anderton returned after missing action earlier this season, but former goalie Carlee Reed did not start because she is no longer with the team, according to Renner.
The Bears started the season 0-4 with all four losses by one goal. The matchup against the Cedars came at a fortuitous time for Elizabethtown. Coming into the game, Lebanon was 0-6-1 and conceded 26 goals while scoring one. It didn’t take Elizabethtown long to establish a lead that they would not look back from.
Rachel Wood raced into the corner before finding senior captain Kaeleigh Smedley at the top of the box. Smedley sent a low, driven shot to the far post to beat the Lebanon goalie in the second minute.
Sheetz scored the first of her three goals in the 10th minute to double Elizabethtown’s lead. Wood ran past a Lebanon defender to set herself up with a one-on-one opportunity that she initially sent off the post, but followed up and put it in the back of the net.
Freshman Olivia Anson found Sheetz to give Elizabethtown a 5-0 lead in the 29th minute. Freshman captain Sophia Berry was responsible for the final goal of the first half when she settled a corner from Mykah MacFarlane and sent it above the Lebanon keeper.
Jasmine Garcia, Smedley and Sheetz scored in a three-minute span in the second half to put the finishing touches on the resounding victory.
“I thought the girls worked well. We just need to clean up some little things. The girls needed confidence and I’m hoping today’s game gave them some confidence heading into the rest of the week,” Renner said.
Five Bears scored and just as many recorded an assist. The Bears totaled 24 shots and six corners before Renner asked his players to focus on possession.
“I was hoping it would happen,” Renner said about having multiple players score. “We’ve all been struggling with it and now that they’ve done it in a game situation I hope that it carries over. Time will tell,” Renner said.
Kaitlyn Snyder, playing in her third game, stopped the only shot on goal that Lebanon was able to muster.
Elizabethtown was scheduled to play next on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Solanco. The Golden Mares were 5-3-0 (3-2-0) before the game and had scored 26 goals while allowing 20. They were riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Garden Spot 4-1 and Cocalico 2-1.