Lady Barons earn split in first two gamesField Hockey
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Mother Nature has played havoc on a lot of teams’ schedules lately, and the Manheim Central field hockey squad is no different.
The Lady Barons, though, were able to play their annual tournament last Saturday, and they had mixed results in games against Lancaster Catholic and Muhlenberg.
After dropping a 2-1 loss to the Lady Crusaders in their opener, the Central girls bounced back to shut out the Muhls 2-0 in game two.
"I definitely think there’s a lot of room for improvement," Manheim Central’s first-year coach Sam Shober said, "and that’s why I was very fortunate to have two days of practice this week before we start our strand of games here."
Indeed, the Central girls (1-1) will play six games over eight days, starting with their game yesterday (Wednesday) against Solanco in what was their Section Two opener.
They showed positive signs against Muhlenberg on Saturday while withstanding a flurry of five defensive corners in the final minutes of the game while leading 2-0.
"We were tired and that’s kinda why the corners kept happening from fouls," Shober said. "As nerve-wracking as it was being on the sideline for all those corners at the end of the game, we stayed awake enough and physical enough to be able to hold them off and not let them score."
For the game, the Muhls had a 12-11 edge in corners, while the Lady Barons outshot them 7-6. Corissa Landis and Hannah Snavely combined for the shutout in goal.
Manheim Central scored both of their goals in the first half, with Savannah Ford and Brittiny Griffith connecting just over five minutes apart. Ford’s goal, on an assist from Katie Bustin, got the scoring started with 19:20 left in the half.
Griffith then added an insurance tally from Morgan Mummau with 14:06 remaining on the first-half clock.
In their battle against Lancaster Catholic, the Lady Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at the half, and then Ford’s goal with 12:25 to go in the game pulled the Lady Barons even.
But sophomore Ellie Zangari eventually scored the game-winner for Lancaster Catholic. For the game, Central held an 11-4 edge in corners and outshot LC 5-4.
"We weren’t very effective with our corners on Saturday," Shober said. "We very easily could have beaten them, and unfortunately, it didn’t fall that way. But we had some time to work in practice this week." More LADY BARONS, page B-4