Not long ago, a four-game losing streak had the Elizabethtown Area High School girls soccer team on the ropes. Three wins later, the Lady Bears are back in business, ready to make a run during the waning games of the regular season.
The team hosted McCaskey on Thursday, Sept. 26. It went similarly to the previous contest between the two sides on Monday, Sept. 9, where the Lady Bears throttled the Red Tornado 7-0. It took just under three minutes for Elizabethtown to strike first thanks to a goal from senior Kaelynn Sheetz via a pass from fellow senior Olivia Shuck.
The latter would score herself around the midway point of the first half after taking the ball 55 yards downfield uncontested. Her sister, sophomore Aivery Shuck, would connect with Sheetz for a goal just a few minutes later to make it 3-0, a score that held through halftime despite numerous shots on goal from Elizabethtown’s reserve unit late in the period.
The Lady Bears proceeded to blitz McCaskey during the first 10 minutes of the second half. Sheetz was credited with her third goal of the day after a pass sent her way by junior Olivia Anson deflected off a Red Tornado defender into the net. Senior Alicia Underkoffler notched her first goal of the year on a breakaway pass from fellow senior Kristen McEvoy shortly thereafter. Finally, freshman Taryn Hummer scored her first career goal after taking an Anson pass and running past senior Red Tornado goalie Gianna Medina for an open-netter.
Anson would find the net on a breakaway pass from junior Emma Moore with 18 minutes left to further extend the lead. Junior Mykah Macfarlane rounded out the scoring with her first career goal off a pass from freshman Lily Heistand a few minutes later, giving the Lady Bears a dominating 8-0 win. They had a whopping 29 shots on goal, holding the Red Tornado to just 3 of their own, all of which were stopped by junior backup goalkeeper Liz Carter during the second half. Medina played admirably in the net for McCaskey, finishing with 21 saves.
Elizabethtown traveled to Garden Spot on Tuesday, Oct. 1, wasting little time to get the scoring started. Sheetz connected with senior Amber Bostdorf for the latter’s first goal of the season just over two minutes into the game, scoring off a pass from Olivia Shuck a minute later. She then assisted to junior Sophia Berry, who nailed in a shot off the goalpost. Just under nine minutes in, the Lady Bears were already up 3-0.
Sheetz continued her stellar night by finding Anson on a breakaway goal with just over 10 minutes remaining before halftime to further increase the lead. The Spartans did sneak in a goal shortly before halftime thanks to senior Mataya Hostetter, but they were unable to make more dents in the second half, as Elizabethtown’s defense held them to 4 shots on goal. Snyder finished with 6 saves overall for the Lady Bears, who walked out with a comfortable 4-1 win. Senior Marissa Spacht also had 6 saves in the net for Garden Spot.
With three games left in the regular season, Elizabethtown’s record is now at 8-6. The Lady Bears will have their final home game on Thursday, Oct. 3, vs. Ephrata, followed by an away tilt at Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, Oct. 7.