With three big games looming, Warwick rips Cedar Crest 6-1

By on October 1, 2014
Senior forward Marleise Emrhein scored four goals in Warwick’s 8-0 pummeling of McCaskey last Friday.

Senior forward Marleise Emrhein scored four goals in Warwick’s 8-0 pummeling of McCaskey last Friday.

The Warwick field hockey team has its fate in their own hands.

Starting today (Thursday) when Warwick (10-1 L-L, 11-3-1 overall) and Penn Manor (10-1 L-L) &tstr; the Section One co-leaders &tstr; meet in Millersville, the Lady Warriors will hit the home stretch in the regular season.

It’s a road that will also include tough games against Section contenders Conestoga Valley and Hempfield next Monday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 8, respectively.

The Warwick girls know what to expect &tstr; pressure and more pressure on the ball. But a 3-0 record in those games will snap the Comets’ seven-year reign as the Section One champs and guarantee Warwick its first title since 2006.

“These next three games are going to be really tough,” Warwick coach Bob Derr said. “But the one thing nice is that each team will prepare us for the next team we play. All three teams play the same style &tstr; just hard attacking, hard aggressive play. You’re not going to have too much time to think.”

The bad news is that Warwick will have to go into battle without one of its leaders in senior midfielder Noelle Kephart, who suffered a concussion in Warwick’s 8-0 win over McCaskey last Friday.

“We won’t see her until if we qualify for Leagues and stuff,” Derr said. “That’s going to be difficult. But that’s just the way it is. There’s nothing we can do.”

Neither Kephart nor starting midfielder Jamie Martin played on Saturday when Warwick faced Twin Valley (11-1), the No. 1-ranked team in the District Three Double-A power ratings, and suffered a 3-0 non-league loss in Lititz.

The Raiders took a 3-0 lead at the half and finished the game outshooting Warwick 26-0.

“They were tough,” Derr said. “They put a lot of pressure on us and that definitely helped prepare us for (Tuesday’s) game.”

Indeed, in their final tune-up before their showdown at Penn Manor, the Lady Warriors got a pair of goals from senior forward Marleise Emrhein and pummeled Cedar Crest 6-1 in Lititz.

Hannah Bollinger and Emrhein scored in the first 6:08 to give Warwick a quick 2-0 lead and the Warwick girls never looked back.

Casie Stief also chipped in with a first-half tally to give Warwick a three-goal margin at the half, and then Emrhein, Lauren Bollinger and Lauren Sammet added insurance goals in the second.

Cedar Crest’s Tyra Craun spoiled the shutout with 5:40 remaining. That was one of three shots for the Falcons, to 15 for Warwick. The Lady Warriors also outcornered Crest 16-4.

“We just did a good job of getting to the ball and passing very quickly and making good decisions with the ball and moving off the ball,” Derr remarked. “Of course the other thing is they didn’t pressure us too much, which gave us a little more time. That won’t happen Thursday. I told the girls, ‘What’s going to happen Thursday is you’re going to be pressured at the very best. The next three games, that’s what you’re going to get. It’s just you learning to respond and react to the pressure on the ball.’”

In other action, Emrhein scored four times last Friday to help lead Warwick in an 8-0 rout of McCaskey in a Section One game in Lititz.

Kephart, Lucy Reed, Jess Cochis and Mia Fucci also connected, as Warwick outshot the Red Tornado 27-1 in the game.

Last Wednesday, Sept. 24, Hannah Bollinger and Stief scored second-half goals, as Warwick broke open a 1-0 lead at the half and defeated Manheim Township 3-0 in Warwick.

Warwick dominated the stats, with a 22-3 edge in shots, but could only get a first-half goal from Lucy Reed with 4:05 left in the period. Reed and Martin also chipped in with assists.

Kailynne Reinoehl finished with two saves in goal and Jaycie St. John added a defensive save to help preserve the shutout.

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