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Ober scores two in Central’s win over E-town MC girls grab sole possession of 2nd place
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
After playing four games in six days last week, the Manheim Central field hockey team didn’t have much time to implement a couple of adjustments for its key game against Section Two rival Elizabethtown Tuesday night.
They proved to be quick learners, however.
Executing on three penalty corners in the second half and holding host E-town without any shots on goal, the Lady Barons grabbed sole possession of second place in the Section standings with a 3-0 shutout.
Sara Ober scored two goals and Morgan Wagner chipped in with two assists to help lead a Manheim Central (5-1-1 league, 9-2-1 overall) offensive attack which outshot the Lady Bears 6-0 while building an 8-4 advantage in penalty corners.
"They really played well tonight," Manheim Central coach Lisa McCoy said of her players. "We had made a few adjustments going into this game and they really executed well what we had discussed. They did an awesome job tonight."
The Lady Barons and Elizabethtown (4-2-1 league) entered Tuesday’s action in a tie for second place. Besides remaining close in the rear-view mirror of Section leader Ephrata, the Central girls also won their third straight game after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Lady Mounts last Wednesday, Sept. 18.
"It was pretty important for us to go out and win this one," McCoy said. "It was a nice win on (E-town’s) field."
With the score still tied 0-0 at the break, the Lady Barons took a lead they never relinquished when Ober scored with just 2:34 elapsed in the second half, with an assist from Kylee Garber. It was the first of three successful penalty corner executions in the second half for the Lady Barons, who earlier tied Elizabethtown 1-1 on Sept. 5.
"We’ve had some goals on corners, but I feel like we haven’t executed as well as I’d like us to have been executing on corners," McCoy said. "So that was really nice."
Just more than two minutes later, Ober again took advantage of her scoring opportunity, this time scoring on a tip-in from Wagner to make it 2-0 with 4:58 gone.
"The pressure for scoring gets put on Jillian (Wolgemuth) and Morgan a lot, so it was really nice to see a couple of other people step up to the plate and take some responsibility for that," McCoy said.
It remained a two-goal game until Wolgemuth’s goal, with a helper from Wagner, with 16:57 left put it out of reach.
That was more than enough for a Central defense which shut down Elizabethtown in front of keeper Emma Beamesderfer. McCoy said that they’ve worked hard on the defensive end of the field to clean some things up, and it paid off on Tuesday night.
"We’ve continued to work on it hard and tried to make those adjustments in the backfield too," McCoy said, "and they really played well back there tonight."
In non-league action last Saturday, Wolgemuth scored two goals, while Wagner and Tayler Piper each added one in a 4-2 win over host West York.
Earlier, Wagner scored all three of Manheim Central’s goals last Friday as the Lady Barons earned a 3-0 shutout over Cocalico in a Section game in Manheim.
Wagner’s goal at 23:16 of the first half was the difference in a 1-0 MC lead at the break. The junior forward then scored twice just 13 minutes apart in the second half to seal it.
The Lady Barons held a big advantage in both shots (13-5) and corners (8-2). Beamesderfer stopped all five shots she faced to record the shutout.
Last Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Central girls suffered their first league loss, falling by a 3-1 score to first-place Ephrata in a Section Two showdown in Ephrata.
The Lady Mounts stretched a 1-0 halftime lead to 3-0 with 8:03 remaining in the game. Two minutes later, sophomore Jillian Wolgemuth got the Lady Barons on the board, but Central could get no closer.
Both teams had seven shots, but Ephrata owned a 13-5 advantage in corners. Emma Beamesderfer finished with four stops between the pipes for Manheim Central.
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