The Elizabethtown Area High School girls soccer team had a difficult task to deal with. The Lady Bears were scheduled for three games and an exhibition matchup over the course six days. By the end of the stretch, they had three losses and a tie to show for it.
Elizabethtown went on the road Thursday, Sept. 13, to play Garden Spot in a Section Two battle. The game didn’t start off well for the Lady Bears; junior Erna Hazmic scored right around the 10-minute mark to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead, which held until halftime.
It would take more than 62 minutes of game action for the Lady Bears to tie things up. Junior Amber Bostdorf pushed a shot past the opposing goalie to tie the game at 1-1 all with eight minutes to go in regulation. The two teams went to overtime from there and proceeded to go scoreless, ending things in a 1-1 draw.
Both goalkeepers played outstandingly; Elizabethtown sophomore Kaitlyn Snyderand Garden Spot senior Elizabeth King each had 7 saves. Of note is Spartansjunior Mataya Hostetter, who briefly relievedan injured King and managed to get a save after previously assisting on Hazmic’s earlier goal.
The Lady Bears took part in an interstate friendly exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Jane Hoover Field, hosting Hopewell Valley Central from New Jersey. Thankfully for them, it didn’t count toward the regular season, as the Bulldogs easily won 3-0, scoring all their goals in the second half.
The team had another away contest at Exeter on Monday, Sept. 17, with most of the game taking place in a heavy downpour. The Eagles got a goal from senior Jane Bossler off a corner kick just seven minutes into the game and added a score from senior Jackie Richards late in the half to go up 2-0 at the break.
Exeter piled it on in the second half. Richards got a hat trick by getting two more scores off a free kick and a high arching rebound, which was later followed by a goal from senior Angie Rivera that ricocheted into the net off an Elizabethtown defender. The Lady Bears didn’t do much offensively in response, losing 5-0. Despite the high score, Snyder had a great game at goalie, getting 12 saves.
Finally, Elizabethtown hosted Section Two rival Ephrata on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Mounts didn’t wait long to strike, scoring 37 seconds into the game when senior Maddie Root found junior Reagan McCarty for a goal. Midway through the half, Root assisted on another goal, with senior Abbie Weist as the beneficiary. Then, with three minutes before halftime, Root got a third assist, passing to sophomore Olivia Myer for another score, putting Ephrata up 3-0 at the break.
Root finally scored on her own 10 minutes into the second half to give the Mounts a 4-0 advantage. The Lady Bears answered shortly thereafter on a penalty kick from junior Kaelynn Sheetz. Ephrata iced the game for good with just under 10 minutes to play when McCarty connected with junior Rosa Saenz off a corner kick. The Mounts ultimately walked away with a 5-1 victory. Snyder hit double digit saves again, finishing with 10. Ephrata junior Jocelyn Umana had 6.
Now 2-5-1 on the year, Elizabethtown is currently set to have four games in six days in its upcoming schedule: a home game against Central Dauphin on Thursday, Sept. 20, and three away contests at Lampeter-Strasburg on Friday, Sept. 21, Manheim Central on Monday, Sept. 24, and Mechanicsburg on Tuesday, Sept. 25.