Stabinger's three goals lead Lady Pioneers over Solanco in soccer 6-0

A whistle was the only thing to blow at the sultry start of the L-S girls soccer team's match against Solanco, but as the game progressed a nice breeze emerged ... and on the field, when it rained, it poured -- the Pioneers scored six goals to defeat the Golden Mares.

Taylor Skrodinsky prepares to kick
the ball down the field
Just 21 seconds into the game, sophomore Maddie Stabinger scored the Pioneers' first goal, and from there, the rout was on.

The ball rarely left the L-S half of the field during the first 10 minutes, and ultimately that trend continued, as the Pioneers kept relentless pressure on the Golden Mares, seldom allowing them unchallenged possession of the ball, and constantly moving the ball back down the field, quickly stymieing any momentary runs for Solanco.

Freshman Bella DeCamillis
is the Pioneers' goalie while Madi
Lawhead recovers from an injury
Later in the first half, after a series of sideline throw-ins by senior Taylor Skrodinsky, junior Kristin Worry launched a shot on the goal that hit the top crossbar; Stabinger headed it in to give the Pioneers a 2-0 advantage.

Just seconds later, Worry scored after a kick from the corner.

As the first half progressed, the Pioneers crushed the will of the Golden Mares, and their propensity to retain possession continued. Freshman goalie Bella DeCamillis -- who is playing in place of injured senior Madi Lawhead -- rarely had to be involved in the game, although she did record a handful of saves.

Emily Deardorff vies with a Solanco
player for possession
Late in the half, the Lady Pioneers added two more goals: one by Kendal Ream with 11:01 to go, and one by junior Ryleigh Lefever with 7:37 to go.

Halftime adjustments were ostensibly ineffectual for the Golden Mares' offense, as they were unable to muster much pressure on the Pioneers' defense. However, they did find success when junior Elaina Daily entered at goalie to replace senior starter Emily Hobbs. She allowed just one goal; it came early in the half, and was Stabinger's third of the game.

Julia Myers kicks the ball in the
Lady Pioneers' win over Solanco
The remainder of the second half was marked by occasional runs at the goal by the Lady Pioneers -- all of which were spurned by Solanco's defense -- and indecisive skirmishes in the midfield.

"Although we didn't play up to our potential for some of the game we were able to get the win by slowing down the game, connecting passes and finding feet, and getting forward to the goal," says senior Emily Deardorff.

The Pioneers' 6-0 victory gives them a 1-1 record on the season (and a 1-0 league record). Their next game will be on the road at Cocalico Thursday at 7 PM.

--Benjamin Pontz, Editor-In-Chief; Photos by Megan Doolittle, Staff Photographer

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