MC rides three first-half goals in win over Warwick
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor email@example.com, Staff Writer
Getting scoring opportunities wasn’t a problem for the Warwick girls on Monday.
Scoring, however, was.
While Manheim Central capitalized for three first-half tallies, the Lady Warriors took the collar and suffered a 3-0 loss to their back-yard rival in a non-league game in Lititz.
Both teams generated three corner kicks and the Lady Barons had just one more shot (8-7) than Warwick, but goals by Brogan Garvey, Megan Herr and Maddy Novak stood as up the difference for Manheim Central.
"Being that Warwick is a very skilled and strong team, we were most pleased with our overall team play and the result," Manheim Central coach John Shetromph said. "We felt our offensive movement off the ball, our collective defensive shape on all parts of the field, and us winning 50/50 balls tilted the game to our advantage."
The victory improved Manheim Central to 7-3 overall (6-3 L-L), just one game behind second-place Donegal in Section Three in the L-L playoff chase.
"As there is much soccer yet to be played, we are taking it one game at a time," Shetromph said. "And since we can only control our game outcomes, we’ll just have to see how things pan out."
That is also the approach that the Warwick girls are taking, although Monday’s game left them with room for improvement.
"It wasn’t one of our best performances," Warwick coach Mike Logan said. "… We had some very, very good opportunities that we just weren’t able to convert. If we can figure out ways to convert some of our good scoring opportunities, I think we’ll be fine."
The Warwick girls fell to 5-6-1 overall (5-3-1 L-L) with the loss. While the Lady Warriors currently hold the second and final L-L playoff berth in Section Two, E-town (4-4 L-L) is on their heels.
"We don’t have a lot of room here," Logan said. "We’ve got to take care of business. To make Districts and (L-L) playoffs is completely within our control. We don’t need any help from anybody. We’ve got a good team and we’ve got a good group of players. We’ve just got to figure out a way to make some small adjustments in our game that will allow us to win games."
The Lady Barons scored all they needed with an own goal on an MC corner, credited to Garvey, with 23:16 elapsed in the first. That was the first of three Central goals within a span of just 9:05, and Herr’s tally doubled the Lady Barons’ lead with 9:17 left in the half.
"The second goal, it was an errant pass that we were trying to knock to one of our defenders and we accidentally passed it to them," Logan said. "Regardless of our mistakes, to give up the goals, the bottom line is we didn’t put any in."
Manheim Central, meanwhile, put its third goal into the net on a shot from 35 yards out by Novak, pushing their lead to 3-0 with 7:39 remaining on the clock.
"Placing three goals in their net during the first half on a very hot, windy day allowed us to settle and play our possession style of game," Shetromph said. "Our scoring this season has been well rounded amongst the team."
Samantha Kutcher finished with five stops in goal for Warwick, while Emily Good made three saves between the pipes to record the shutout for the Lady Barons.
"There was a good half a dozen good scoring opportunities … probably three far post balls that went across the goal mouth on the ground we were able to get onto," Logan said, "and a couple of balls were shot from point-blank range that didn’t get in for us."
Last Friday, Cedar Crest’s Gabby Boehmer scored with just 2:00 elapsed in the OT period to lift the Lady Falcons to a 2-1 victory over Warwick in a Section One-Two crossover in Lititz. The loss dropped Warwick to 0-3-1 in OT games this spring.
Following a scoreless first half, Macaulay Soto scored from Tori Kramer with 4:00 gone in the second half. It stayed that way until Crest’s Maddie Wagner got the equalizer in the 77th minute to force the extra session.
Warwick held an 18-8 edge in shots and a 6-3 advantage in corners. Lady Warriors keeper Kutcher finished with three saves.
In other action, the Manheim Central girls jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game against Lebanon Catholic on goals by Gabby Kitch and Novak, leading the Lady Barons to a 4-0 shutout of Lebanon Catholic.
Brittany Brubaker and Garvey also dented the twine for the Central girls, as they outshot Lebanon Catholic 8-2. Kitch and Good each made one save to combine for the shutout.
Last Wednesday, April 11, Brittany Hasson scored two goals, Tori Kramer had four assists and keeper Samantha Kutcher made three saves, leading the Warwick girls in a 4-0 shutout of Ephrata in a Section Two game.
Kate Mobley and Hasson connected in the first 6:38 for the Lady Warriors, who outshot the Lady Mounts 14-5 and held a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. Macaulay Soto and Hasson scored in the final 12:51 to put it away.
The Lady Barons were also on the field last Wednesday, getting two goals from Kitch and routing host Lebanon by a 6-0 score.
Central dominated the time of possession with a 28-1 edge in shots, and Garvey, Jenna West, Olivia Novak and Kristin Robeson also joined the scoring parade. More SOCCER, page B-6