It’s been a tumultuous season thus far for the Elizabethtown Area High School girls soccer team. The Lady Bears have dealt with both widespread injuries and an extremely difficult schedule. Luckily for them, they were able to rebound somewhat with a win and a tie in rematches against Section Two opponents, with both games going eerily similar to the previous ones.
Elizabethtown went on the road Thursday, Sept. 27, to take on McCaskey, thoroughly dominating the Tornadoes 6-0. The Lady Bears had previously shut out the Red Tornadoes 7-0 in the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
Junior Jasmine Garcia got things going early, scoring 3 minutes into the game off an assist from freshman Aivery Shuck. The Lady Bears then found the net 3 times in 4 minutes. Sophomore Carly Sedun got a goal on a corner kick from fellow sophomore Olivia Anson. Shuck then assisted on two more goals, first finding Garcia again, followed by a pass to junior Kaelynn Sheetz.
Entering the second half with a 4-0 lead, Elizabethtown tacked on two more goals to comfortably cruise to victory. Garcia got a hat trick with a third goal off the fourth assist of the day from Shuck just two minutes in, with Sheetz scoring shortly afterward off a pass from Anson. Junior McCaskey goalkeeper Gianna Medina was able to stop 12 of the Lady Bears’ 18 shots. Meanwhile, Elizabethtown’s defense stifled the Tornadoes, allowing no shots on goal.
The Lady Bears returned to Jane Hoover Field on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to take on Garden Spot. The first game between the two teams ended in a 1-1 tie, and things were just as tight this time around. Senior Kyrah Morales scored off a penalty kick in the first half to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Midway through the second half, the Lady Bears recovered, with Sheetz getting a goal off a pass from junior Malayna Van Winkle to even things up. Just like the first matchup, a deadlock ensued from there, with the score sticking to 1-1 through the end of regulation and two overtime periods for a tie. Senior goalkeeper Abby Bender had 6 saves for the Lady Bears in her first action of the season, while senior Elizabeth King stopped 4 shots for the Spartans.
Now at 3-9-2 on the season, the team is set to have its final away game of the season at Ephrata on Thursday, Oct. 4, followed by a home game against Lampeter-Strasburg on Monday, Oct. 8.