Ober, Wagner and Wolgemuth each score twice in Lady Barons’ 6-2 win
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
Put the ball on goal and good things will happen.
That was the message that Manheim Central first-year head field hockey coach Lisa McCoy conveyed to her players in the pre-season.
Obviously, they listened.
Last Friday, the Lady Barons peppered Carlisle keeper Nickle with shots early and often, building a dominant 11-0 advantage in that category while taking a commanding 3-0 lead. In the end, Manheim Central locked down a 6-2 victory over the Thundering Herd in their non-league opener in Manheim.
"I’m just so pleased with the improvement from the beginning of pre-season until now," McCoy said. "They’ve just done so well and they’ve been so moldable. They’ve really been resilient and I’m just really proud of them today."
Junior Morgan Wagner and sophomores Jillian Wolgemuth and Sarah Ober scored two goals apiece to lead the attack, as the Central girls finished the game with a 21-3 edge in shots. They also generated 15 corners to Carlisle’s three.
"We were really concentrating on passing and trapping well today," McCoy said. "In our scrimmage Wednesday against Penn Manor, it was really evident that that’s what they did so well and we were mistrapping, we were losing possession of the ball. So we just said, ‘Today, we need to really focus on that – pass well, trap well, and the rest will just kinda come together."
It was probably fitting that Kirsten Myer was involved in Manheim Central’s first goal. The sophomore back had a solid all-around game, and on the Lady Barons’ seventh corner midway through the first half, she unloaded a rocket from the top of the circle which Ober tipped home for a 1-0 lead with 15:47 to go in the stanza.
"It was a nice shot by Kirsten," McCoy said. "I thought she had a tremendous game all over – defensively and just stepping up on corners when she had the opportunity and taking shots. And Sarah had a nice tip."
Meanwhile, Carlisle was able to do very little in terms of getting a counter attack. Although the Thundering Herd managed a penalty corner with just under 13:00 left on the clock, Lady Barons’ keeper Emma Beamesderfer didn’t fact any shots in the opening half.
Then at the 8:30 mark, Manheim Central doubled its lead when Wolgemuth picked up a rebound off of Nickle’s pads and flicked the ball into the back of the cage. Wagner, who inserted on the corner, picked up an assist.
Just over three minutes later, the Central girls got another corner opportunity, and this time, Wagner finished with a helper from Taylor Wiederrecht to make it 3-0 going into the break.
Carlisle had a chance to cut into its deficit early in the second half, generating back-to-back corners, but they couldn’t capitalize. Instead, the Lady Barons added to their lead with 22:03 remaining, courtesy of Ober, who dove into the cage to help get the ball over the goal line, extending the lead to 4-0.
To the Thundering Herd’s credit, though, they didn’t go quietly. Mackenzie Miller answered with back-to-back tallies just 3:03 apart to narrow Central’s lead to 4-2 with 7:35 to go and provide Carlisle with a little bit of life.
At that point, McCoy quickly called a timeout to give her players a chance to gather themselves.
"A little fatigue sets in and then it’s easy to make some mistakes," McCoy said, "so you give them that break and just let them sorta refocus. And then as you can see, they really pulled it back together, which was good."
Indeed they did pull it back together. Wolgemuth and Wagner both scored their second goals of the game in the final 2:52 to clinch the win. Wagner won a 1-on-1 battle with Nickle, finally shooting the ball between the keeper’s pads with 46 seconds left to complete the scoring.
"Morgan’s definitely going to be a key forward for us," McCoy said.
The Lady Barons returned to action yesterday (Wednesday) against Elizabethtown at home at 7 p.m.
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