Lebanon County HS Highlights: Elco girls soccer perfect
Game of the Day
Elco girls soccer 4, Annville-Cleona 0
With the win, the Raiders have clinched a perfect regular season. Julia Nelson led the way with a two-goal performance. More on her clutch night below. Taylor Bossert got the Raiders on the board early in the eighth minute, while Natalie Swingholm iced the win in the 77th minute.
"It's something that's never been done in our program so that makes it more special," said Elco coach Derek Fulk. "All the hard work and dedication they put in was made worthwhile. It's really exciting for me for them, because I know how hard they've worked. They very much deserve this."
But despite knowing the talent he had coming into the season, Fulk never expected the amount of success his team earned.
"I think we knew what we had coming back. We definitely had talent but had people step up. We gelled well too, our chemistry has been fantastic. You also need some breaks here and there, which we were fortunate to have," he said. "I definitely thought we'd challenge for the section, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect this. It was just one of those years where the ball bounced our way."
Fulk says however, his team will need to turn the page quickly, as they gear up for what will be a challenging postseason run in a situation Elco has never been in, now in Class 3A.
"At this point, you're not going to face teams that aren't very good. Moving up a class will be a challenge too playing bigger schools, and we're not used to that from last year," he said.
Player of the Day
Julia Nelson, Elco girls soccer
Nelson's two goals came in a span of three minutes in the second half to help boost the Raiders in the milestone win.
"She's probably one of the best defenders I've had the pleasure of coaching. But when she gets the opportunity offensively, she can score. She's a tremendous player," Fulk said.
Garden Spot 2, Cedar Crest 1 (2 OT)
Luca Ventura was the hero for the Spartans in the 94th minute. The Falcons goal came on an own goal in the 27th minute, giving them the lead before Garden Spot fought back.
Pequea Valley 7, Northern Lebanon 1
Garrett Elmer's hat trick led the Braves in a big win. Brandon Miller had the lone Vikings goal on a penalty kick in the 40th minute.
Palmyra 3, Susquehanna Township 2 (OT)
Lauren Wadas was the hero for the Cougars on a penalty stroke 13:30 into the extra session. After falling behind 1-0, Jess Dembrowski scored back-to-back goals to give her team the lead before Susquehanna Township forced overtime.
Northern Lebanon 3, Lebanon 1
With a scoreless game at the half, the Vikings caught fire with three goals in the second half from Sydney Mengel with 15:29 left, Lindsay McFeaters just about five minutes later, and Heather Wolfe with 2:42 left. Paola Morales put the Cedars on the board with 1:39 left.
Garden Spot 6, Lebanon 0
The Spartans cruised to the victory, starting with a four-goal first half, two of them courtesy of Amanda McCormick in the 21st and 30th minutes.
Donegal 7, Lebanon Catholic 1
The Beavers found themselves in a deep 6-0 hole at the half, having trouble defending Maya Willing, who scored two goals in the 17th and 28th minutes of the first half.
Central Dauphin East 3, Northern Lebanon 2
In a hard fought one, the Vikings went down in the fifth set 15-8. Each team traded set wins, with NL taking the initial lead, taking the first set 25-16.