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Warwick girls break out in 4-0 win over Central
BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor
, Staff Writer
After suffering three straight shutout losses, the Warwick girls soccer team went into its game last Saturday against back-yard rival Manheim Central with one clear priority.
Get on the scoreboard.
Sophomore Sam Machin took care of that when she put the ball behind Lady Barons’ keeper Emily Good in the eighth minute.
From there, the Warwick girls went on to add three more goals on their way to a 4-0 shutout in a non-league clash in Lititz. Four different goal-scorers connected for Warwick, including Marisa Bertrando, Kate Mobley and Lauren Snader.
Asked if Machin’s goal took some weight off of Warwick’s (2-6 L-L, 5-7 overall) shoulders, allowing the offense to flow a little easier, Lady Warriors’ coach Chrissy Casella said, "Amen. Two hundred forty minutes without scoring a goal? Yeah, it was a long time coming."
Warwick controlled the action, holding a big 18-1 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in penalty corners. They took a 2-0 lead at half and never looked back.
"I feel like we’ve been doing a very good job of possessing in the middle of the field," Casella said, "and where we were kind of missing was the offensive third and getting good shots off. I guess it just clicked."
It didn’t hurt that the coaches provided the players with a little bit of extra incentive going into their game against Central.
"We felt that we needed to start stronger, but also have some fun this game," Casella said. "They had been so down just from the past three games that our goal was to score and to have fun. So we told them that if they scored in the first 10 minutes, we would buy them ice cream. We found what motivates them."
Machin’s goal not only guaranteed the team a post-game treat, but also gave them a lead they never relinquished. It was her second goal of the season after some recent near-misses.
"Sam Machin had been very close to scoring in a lot of games and I know that she had been really frustrated," Casella said. "So for her to get the goal for us in the first 10 minutes, I think it was a breakthrough moment for her. Other than that, I feel like it was a true team effort in the game."
Bertrando’s goal off a free kick doubled the lead at the half, and then Mobley and Snader added insurance tallies in the 57th and 73rd minutes, respectively.
Good finished with 14 saves between the pipes for Manheim Central, while Taylor Gonzales recorded the shutout for Warwick with one save.
"We played really well," Casella said.
With a busy week in front of them, playing three games in five days against Cedar Crest, Hempfield and Penn Manor, the Lady Warriors are hoping to build off their win over Central and make a push for the District Three Triple-A playoffs. Through Saturday, Warwick was 26th and Manheim Central was 19th. The top 20 teams advance.
"We’re going into a really tough week this week," Casella said. "If this team believes in themselves and they believe that they can do it, I think this team can win some games this week. Our ultimate goal right now is to make the District Tournament, so I’m hoping that win (over Central) will move us up a little bit and then if we win a game or two this week, that will hopefully move us up too."
Earlier, Conestoga Valley dealt Warwick a 6-0 loss last Thursday, breaking it open with four goals in the second half. Giana Yurchak and Samara Yurchak scored three goals apiece to lead the Lady Bucks, who held a big 18-3 advantage in shots. The Warwick girls had three corners to CV’s one.
Last Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Warwick girls dropped a 2-0 loss to visiting Manheim Twp. The Lady Streaks scored one goal in each half, including an insurance tally on an own goal in the 58th minute, to put it away.
Although the stats were close, with Warwick holding a 6-4 edge in corners and creating just one less shot (6-5) than Township, they were unable to get the ball into the back of the net.
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