The Elizabethtown field hockey team earned its first victory of the season, 3-2, with a flurry of second half goals against Ephrata.
The game was a scoreless tie at halftime, but Elizabethtown held a distinct edge in both corners (5) and shots on goal (4).
Senior captain Abby Thomas scored nearly seven minutes into the second half to give Elizabethtown the lead. Less than two minutes later, Thomas scored once again to give Elizabethtown some breathing room.
Ephrata, however, battled back to tie the game in similar fashion after a yellow card was issued to Elizabethtown. Jennie Young and Meg Mahland scored exactly one minute apart and Elizabethtown was tasked with taking back the momentum that they had lost.
“After we got that yellow card that allowed them back in the game, I thought we played really well then. We really got our heads in the game,” coach Linda Sten said.
Senior captain Sharri Kambesis fired a shot from the top of the circle that found the back of the cage less than one minute after Ephrata tied the game.
“We switched four positions. Some people who used to play mid were playing backs. We were able to grab that momentum back,” Sten said of Kambesis’ goal.
Goalie Hannah McConnell and the Elizabethtown defense were able to withstand a frantic Ephrata comeback attempt to preserve the 3-2 victory on Thursday, Sept. 7.
Elizabethtown generated 16 corners in the game, but none of their three goals came from a corner. Ephrata managed five of their own to pair with seven shots on goal. McConnell made five saves while the Ephrata goalkeeper made 10.
In addition to the 16 corners, Elizabethtown also had 13 shots on goal.
The victory came on the heels of a 6-0 defeat against Manheim Township. Sten said that she thought the team actually played better against Manheim Township than they did against Ephrata, but was happy to earn the first win of the year.
“We thought the team performed really well under stress. We thought the game was a little chaotic and were trying to play not chaotic,” Sten said. “We were trying to keep everything under control. We were learning to play a new system and we thought that they did really well with that.”
The Bears were scheduled to play at Palmyra on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sten was looking forward to another challenging matchup.
“It’s going to be another tough game just like the Township game,” Sten said. “It’s going to be another tough game, but I think we are ready for the challenge.”
Jaide Epler went on to score the only goal for Elizabethtown in a 5-1 defeat. Elizabethtown tallied eight corners, nine shots and saved 12 shots. Palmyra recorded 13 corners and 17 shots.