Boys Soccer: Late Goal Propels Pioneers Over Bears

On Monday night, the Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers and the Elizabethtown Bears fought through the elements under the lights at Shultz Transportation Field. The Pioneers won the first meeting between the two teams by a score of 4-3 on September 28th. 

Ryker Holsinger controls the ball in the match vs. McCaskey (Logan Thompson)

Just five minutes into the game, a beautiful shot from Elizabethtown's David Fry put the Bears up 1-0. The Pioneers then took control of the game, knocking on the door many times until Landon Rice rolled one into the net, equalizing the score at 1 with about 8 and a half minutes remaining in the first half. The assist on the goal went to Ryker Holsinger. 

The Bears were carded twice in the second half, both yellows. One card was given to Wyatt Rachael, and the other was given to Luke Brumm. The latter led to a penalty that was not converted after a shot by Landon Rice was saved by Elizabethtown goalkeeper Donny Henriques. Henriques finished the night with six saves. The Pioneers took the lead after a pass by Luke Kelly turned into a goal at the foot of Derrick May. Despite a couple good chances to convert, the Bears were unable to find an equalizer, and the score stayed at 2-1 in favor of the Pioneers. 

STATS:

(TOTAL SHOTS - SHOTS ON GOAL):
Lampeter Strasburg (15-8)
Elizabethtown (2-1)

The Pioneers are now 6-1-1 on the season and are still in the mix for the Section 2 title. They will be back in action Wednesday night in Ephrata against the Mountaineers. The Bears are now on a five-game losing streak, a streak they will attempt to break Wednesday against the Garden Spot Spartans. 

By Logan Moyer, LS News reporter

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