Ross scores in OT to lift Warwick in back-yard rivalry

By on October 1, 2014

Central rebounds with 2-1 win over Ephrata

Warwick’s Rene Ross (left) and Manheim Central senior Jenna West (center) go airborne to head the ball in Saturday night’s action at Manheim. Ross scored the winning goal in OT.

Warwick’s Rene Ross (left) and Manheim Central senior Jenna West (center) go airborne to head the ball in Saturday night’s action at Manheim. Ross scored the winning goal in OT.

Warwick sophomore Rene Ross had probably hoped to get a little more leg into her OT shot last Saturday night.

It was effective, however.

Surrounded by defenders, Ross fired away from just outside of the box and beat Manheim Central keeper Heidi Strausbaugh near post with six minutes gone in the extra session, lifting Warwick to a 2-1 non-league win over the Lady Barons in Manheim.

“I keep telling the girls, ‘It doesn’t matter what it looks like. You can’t score if you don’t shoot,’” Warwick coach Chrissy Casella said. “There’s been crazy goals all over the league of people taking shots that have no business taking shots and they go in. And Rene’s goal in the overtime period is a perfect example of that.”

The Warwick girls have been a perfect example of resilience. After dropping five straight at one point, they have now gone 2-2-1 in their past five games, including Monday’s 2-1 double OT loss to Palmyra. Warwick currently has a 5-7-1 overall record (3-4-1 L-L) and is ranked 23rd in the latest District Three Triple-A power ratings heading into its final four regular-season games.

“We had a lot of practices and we had a chance to get back on our feet, so to speak,” Casella said. “We’re starting to click again, we’re starting to get back to what we know how to do.”

Their hope is that they will still be able to grab a District playoff berth for the first time since 2011.

“It’s definitely still a possibility,” Casella said. “That’s our ultimate goal, I think, at this point is to make the District Tournament. We haven’t made it for two years and that would be awesome.”

Even with Saturday’s one-goal loss to Warwick, Manheim Central’s spot in the District Three Double-A playoffs is safe. In the latest power ratings, the Lady Barons held the No. 1 spot.

Central coach John Shetromph was pleased with how his girls played in the back-yard rivalry.

“We played very well in that game and I was very pleased with our effort,” he said. “We very much controlled the pace of it. I was not upset with walking away from it. Soccer can be one of those games in which you can control it and still lose. I’ve been on both sides of the coin and if you’re going to lose a game, that was a game to lose (since it was non-league).”

Central had its chances against Warwick, holding an 18-4 edge in shots for the game. But WHS goalkeeper Taylor Gonzales stepped up with seven stops to help send the game to OT.

“Taylor made so many good saves,” Casella said. “Central’s offense is very good. They can cross a ball, they’re not afraid to use their head to get re-directions on frame, and Taylor really stood up big for us in the defensive end of the field.”

Katie Hipple stood up big, surprising even herself when her shot found the back of the net in the 9th minute off a free kick for a 1-0 Warwick lead.

“She thought she mishit it, so when it went in, her reaction was hilarious,” Casella said. “She couldn’t believe she scored, which was cool.”

Warwick had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks, but it remained a one-goal game at the half.

“I would say it was pretty evenly matched with possession,” Casella remarked. “We definitely need to work on what we do after we possess the ball down into our offensive third. Getting that shot off is something we’ve been working and still need to continue to work on.”

Anna Middleton did a nice getting a shot away for Central early in the second half, connecting unassisted for the equalizer in the 41st minute.

That was all Gonzales and the Lady Warriors’ defense would allow, though, preserving a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.

Ross then ended it in the 6th minute of OT.

“My goalie had her hands on it and it trickled in,” Shetromph said. “A goal is a goal. It doesn’t matter whether it looks ugly or it looks good. They all count the same and five years from now, everyone looks at it and says, ‘That was a goal.’ Let’s give Warwick the credit for walking away with the win. My stand is I thought we played very well. I wasn’t displeased.”

“It was a nail-biter,” Casella said. “The game-winner was kind of a blur. I think (the win) just helps us to believe again, that even though we have some new starters on the field, we still can bounce back. Like I said before to the girls, it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish.”

Manheim Central was in another OT nail-biter on Monday when they faced Ephrata in a key Section Two showdown. In the end, Olivia Novak’s goal in the 93rd minute sent the Lady Barons home happy with a 2-1 victory in Manheim.

The win kept Central (8-0-2 L-L, 10-2-2 overall) one point ahead of E-town (8-1-1, 10-2-1) in the race for the Section crown.

“There’s a ton of parity between the teams in this Section and you’ve got to bring your A-game to every contest,” Shetromph said. “The top four or five teams are very good.”

The Lady Barons, of course, are one of them, and Jenna West’s goal in the 13th minute, from Taylor Hess, stood up for a 1-0 lead at the half.

“We played a very good first 25 minutes and then I thought we got sloppy,” Shetromph said. “Then in the second half, there were times that I thought rather than us playing our game, we were caught into more of a kick-and-run. We’re just not that style of a team.”

Ephrata capitalized with the equalizer from Jenna Yarger, on a helper from Kelly Liebl, in the 75th minute, sending the game to OT.

There Central got back to its style of game.

“I was very pleased with the way that we played in the overtime,” Shetromph said.

They capped it on a picture-perfect play to end it, with Kayla Herr setting up Novak, who headed home the game-winner in the 93rd minute.

“It was a very pretty goal,” Shetromph said. “Kayla Herr made a very nice bending cross and it landed between the six and the far goal post and Olivia had a nice finish to the opposite goal post.”

For the game, Manheim Central outshot the Lady Mounts 13-5.

Warwick was also in action on Monday, as Palmyra’s Mara Bowman scored in the 97th minute to give her team a 2-1 double OT non-league win.

Earlier, Sam Machin’s goal in the 45th minute, on a helper from Talia Bertrando, snapped a scoreless tie and put Warwick in front 1-0. Lucy Krikorian answered for Palmyra in the 57th minute of regulation.

Gonzales finished with seven saves between the pipes for the Lady Warriors.

In other action last Thursday, Warwick battled Conestoga Valley to a 1-1 tie in Witmer.

Machin connected in the 33rd minute to pull the Lady Warriors even after CV took a 1-0 lead just six minutes earlier on Giana Yurchak’s tally. Sam Springer picked up an assist on the WHS girls goal.

From there, the two goalkeepers &tstr; Gonzales (4 saves) and CV’s Lauren Yoder (6 saves) &tstr; stole the show.

Both teams had six corner kicks and the Lady Warriors had a 7-6 advantage in shots.

Manheim Central was also on the pitch last Thursday, riding a pair of goals from West to a 6-2 decision over Garden Spot.

The Lady Barons led 2-1 at the break, but then had an offensive eruption in the second, with Anna Middleton, Nicole Hanselman and Anna Burkhart all finding the back of the net. Burkhart added a helper, along with Herr and Caity Howett.

Central outshot GS 15-8 and keeper Heidi Strausbaugh finished with five saves for the win.

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