Levy powers Lady Barons

By on October 3, 2018
Manheim Central junior Autumn Greiner (left) and Ephrata’s Maddie Root Battle for the ball during first half action in Tuesday night’s key Section Two clash. Photo by Missi Mortimer

Manheim Central junior Autumn Greiner (left) and Ephrata’s Maddie Root Battle for the ball during first half action in Tuesday night’s key Section Two clash. Photo by Missi Mortimer

MC hands Ephrata its first loss, pulls into first-place tie

Liz Levy picked the perfect time to make some personal history.

Up until Tuesday night, the Manheim Central senior had never scored on a header.

But in the 66th minute, Levy did just that, and it turned out to be a key insurance goal for the Lady Barons as they held on to beat arch-rival Ephrata 3-1 at WellSpan Mountaineer Field.

“It felt amazing,” Levy said. “These are our biggest rivals. I’m new on the team this year and it’s such an honor to do this.”

Besides handing the Ephrata girls (5-1 L-L, 12-1 overall) their first loss of the season, Manheim Central (6-1 L-L, 12-2 overall) pulled into a first-place tie atop the Section Two standings.

“The girls hyped this game up so much,” Levy said. “We needed to beat them.”

Levy certainly did her part in the outcome, scoring two goals exactly one minute apart late in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie.

She is now one of four girls on the team with six or more goals, joining Maddie Carper, Hannah Adair and Makenna Copley.

“Liz is someone that, because we have so many options, it’s hard as a forward because you don’t see that goal in two or three games,” Manheim Central coach Andrew Stoltzfus said. “But I kept telling her, ‘Keep your head, keep your head down. All it’s going to take is one opportunity.’ She got two tonight and she put both in.”

The Lady Barons nearly put a couple in early. Through the first 10 minutes, Manheim Central came out and took it to Ephrata. Lady Mounts’ keeper Jocelyn Umana was the only reason the game was still tied, as she made a diving save on a shot by Lvy in the game’s first minute, then corralled a loose ball that rattled around in front of the net just three minutes later.

Ephrata finally seemed to get its legs midway through the first half and forced a corner. Kalysta Rountree served it into the box, where Maddie Root pounced on the loose ball and put it past MC keeper Kelli Kreider to give the Lady Mounts a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.

That was one of Ephrata’s two corners, to the Lady Barons’ four. Manheim Central also had an 11-6 advantage in shots.

Despite the Lady Barons’ continued play in the Ephrata end of the field, Ephrata and Umana continued to thwart every opportunity. However, with 2:20 to play in the half, Manheim Central finally solved the Ephrata goalie when Maddie Carper sent a ball down the left side to Erin Greiner, who collected, turned around an Ephrata defender and fired it past Umana into the left corner to tie it 1-1.

“We were pressing so hard,” Stoltzfus said, “and then when they got the first one, we just needed to make sure we got that second one. We’ve got so many options attacking that it’s all about who it falls to and who’s hot on that night. One of the great things is because we have those options, it’s whoever is there.”

The Lady Mounts seemed to stabilize themselves and limited Manheim Central’s opportunities through the early stages of the second half. However, with 15:15 to go, Levy took the ball down the left side and fired a shot into the upper corner inside the far post for the go-ahead score.

“I felt like I needed it so bad,” Levy recalled. “As soon as I cut inside and shot it, I knew it was going in. When you feel it, you can feel it.”

Then off the re-start, Manheim gained possession and earned a free kick off an Ephrata foul. Copley served a high arching ball into the box toward the left post, where Levy headed it home for two-goal advantage with 14:15 remaining.

“I haven’t headed the ball in, like, forever,” Levy said.

Ephrata had a few chances late — the best one coming with 5:50 to go when Root took a pass from Abby Wiest and launched a shot that sailed just over the crossbar — but Manheim Central held on.

Kreider finished with five saves to get the win in goal for MC, and Umana finished with eight stops.

Last Saturday, Jessica Weinoldt scored a pair of second-half goals and Hempfield snapped Manheim Central’s six-game winning streak, earning a 2-0 shutout win in a non-league game in Manheim.

Although Manheim Central outshot the Lady Knights 7-5, they weren’t able to get anything past Hempfield keeper Meg Yoder, who made 6 saves.

With the score still 0-0, Weinoldt finally connected in the 61st minute. Just seven minutes later, she doubled the Lady Knights’ lead and Central lost for the first time since falling to Ephrata 3-2 on Sept. 13.

In other action, the Lady Barons scored four second-half goals and rallied to defeat Lampeter-Strasburg 4-1 in a Section Two game.

Jenna Daveler’s tally gave the Lady Pioneers a 1-0 lead at halftime, but it was all Manheim Central the rest of the way.

Hannah Adair scored the first of her two goals with just 52 seconds elapsed in the second half, tying the game at 1-1.

It remained that way until Tori Fahnestock scored what proved to be the game-winner with 11:22 left. Adair and Elizabeth Levy added insurance goals in the final five minutes to seal it.

The Lady Barons had the advantage in both shots (7-5) and corner kicks (9-1) and keeper Kelli Kreider finished with four stops.

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