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WHS girls drop another one-goal heartbreaker
By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor, Staff Writer
Warwick coach Bob Derr never got a good look at Emily Harting’s shot.
Midway through the second half with the Lady Warriors tied 2-2 against Penn Manor, Harting scored what appeared to be the go-ahead goal on penalty corner.
But the shot was deemed high and the tally was overruled, keeping the deadlock intact.
Ultimately, with just 8:41 left in the second half, Penn Manor’s Eryn McCoy notched her third goal of the game and it stood up as the game-winner, boosting the Comets to a hard-fought 3-2 win in a battle of L-L powers at Joseph Grosh Field in Lititz.
"I wasn’t watching our offense — I was watching (Penn Manor’s) defense at the time, so I don’t know happened," Derr said. "(The officials) said it was a high ball coming in, which could be … I don’t know. I have to look at the tape."
For the Lady Warriors (3-2 Section One, 6-2 overall), the heartbreaking loss was their second in eight days, including a 3-2 defeat to Section One contender Hempfield last Tuesday, Sept. 13. Both games were winnable, but instead of being in control of their destiny, the Warwick girls are now two games off the pace.
"It’s disappointing because, just like with Hempfield, we had the opportunity to win the game," Derr said. "We’re down in the Section with two losses and it shouldn’t be. We could be undefeated right now. So we have an uphill battle. I just hope that we grow. That’s what is going to be the true test with this team. Can we recover and come back and grow from this become better? I hope so because I think right now, people are not going to look at us as being a huge threat because (they’re saying), ‘Hey, they’ve got two losses.’ That’s going to be huge."
With only Thursday’s game against Conestoga Valley remaining in the first half of the season, the WHS girls now find themselves at a crucial point in the campaign.
"We’ve got to prove ourselves," Derr said. "This will really show what kind of character we’ve got. This is a good character-building situation because the expectations of the season were very high. And then all of a sudden, now we’re down with two losses in the Section. Can we come back?"
The Lady Warriors certainly came out strong on Tuesday, with Bethany Han scoring on an assist from Emma Rissinger on one of Warwick’s five first-half penalty corners with just 7:54 elapsed in the half.
But the Comets had an 8-5 edge in corners in the opening 30 minutes — and a 14-8 advantage for the game — and they got the equalizer on one of those opportunities, courtesy of McCoy with an assist from Shannon Sloss.
"We can’t have an opponent get 14 corners and 15 shots and expect to win," Derr said. "We’ve got to cut that down. The corners have to be down to seven or eight and the shots have got to be down to about the same."
Still, Warwick continued to battle and Rissinger’s goal, from Liz Wenger, with 5:54 left in the first half put the WHS girls back ahead, 2-1. Rissinger has shifted from the up forward position she played last year to a defensive forward spot this season and she has adjusted to the role nicely.
"She’s doing a great job with that," Derr said.
Just over a minute later, McCoy again struck on another Penn Manor corner to send the game into halftime tied at 2-2.
Then shortly after Harting’s goal was disallowed on one of Warwick’s three second-half corners, McCoy completed her hat trick with 8:41 remaining to give PM its first lead.
"(Eryn) and her sister, Emily, they’re both good, quality players," Derr said.
Warwick, which had two shots and three corners in the second half, had opportunities after that, but it wasn’t to be.
"We had our moments too that we could have scored and we just didn’t do that," Derr said.
The records of Warwick and Elizabethtown might have suggested a mismatch last Friday.
The Lady Warriors, however, knew better — particularly playing one of their few games this year on a grass field.
But they were up to the task, getting three first-half goals and shutting out the host Lady Bears 4-0 in a Section One game.
That win, coupled with their 7-0 shellacking of McCaskey in the completion of a suspended game on Thursday, improved their league record to 3-1.
Playing their third game in three days, the Warwick girls capped their week with an 8-0 non-league rout of Line Mountain in Lititz on Saturday to raise their overall record to 6-1.
Four different goal scorers hit the mark on Friday at E-town, as Warwick built a big edge in shots (13-1) and penalty corners (12-2).
Emily Harting, Alyssa Manley and Jamie Martin gave Warwick a 3-0 lead at the break and then Ericka Griffith completed the scoring at 15:00 of the second half. Manley, Harting and Emma Rissinger all chipped in assists, and keeper Alexis Charles had one save.
In their victory over McCaskey, the Lady Warriors got two goals apiece from Marleise Emrhein and Jen Stipe to lead the way.
Emrhein and Stipe scored just 3:20 apart early in the first half to give the WHS girls a lead they never relinquished. Harting, Martin and Noelle Kephart also connected for the Lady Warriors, who dominated in shots (21-0) and penalty corners (22-0).
It was Bethany Han who had a hot hand against Line Mountain, netting four goals in their 8-0 pummeling of the Lady Eagles. Harting added a team-high three assists, and Jenica Miller, Stipe, Kiersten Cepeda and Emrhein also supported the scoring attack.
Keepers Charles (3) and Rebecca Formica (1) combined to make four stops in goal. More WHS GIRLS, page B-3