The Elizabethtown Area High School girls soccer team is beginning anew this season, with only a handful of players with varsity experience, a large number of underclassmen and a new head coach in Brian Ressler. After inclement weather postponed their game against Dallastown, the Lady Bears went on the road to face Penn Manor, a team in a similar position who finished with the same record as them (512) last year.
If there were any growing pains to be had for Elizabethtown, they weren’t apparent in this one. The Lady Bears came away with a 2-0 shutout to open their season with a victory and give Ressler his first career win as a head coach.
Midway through the first half, senior Allison DeBerry scored on a free kick from 35 yards out to put the team up 1-0, a score which held firm into the break. DeBerry later assisted to sophomore Olivia Anson, who nailed a goal to give the Lady Bears a cushion down the stretch.
Penn Manor had its opportunities. The Comets had 10 shots on goal, 4 of them from sophomore Ella Hart, and a pair of corner kicks as well. However, sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Snyder stopped every single shot to finish with 10 saves, and theLady Bears defense was stout in front of her when she needed them to be.
Elizabethtown’s shot total was low at 5, but the offense did well in terms of percentages with DeBerry and Anson’s makes, finishing at 40 percent. Sophomore goalkeeper Brooke Hinkle had just 3 saves for the Comets. Both teams combined for just 3 corner kicks (Penn Manor twice and Elizabethtown once).
With a victory to start things off, the Lady Bears are scheduled to have three straight home games next on their schedule: Cedar Crest on Thursday, Sept. 6; the makeup against Dallastown on Friday, Sept. 7; and McCaskey on Monday, Sept. 10.