Due to the loss of a talented senior class and a schedule packed with formidable opponents, the Elizabethtown girls’ soccer team was in a tough position to start the 2021 fall season. With an overall record of seven wins, zero ties, and ten losses (four of which were devastating overtime losses), the season was not a success by the numbers. However, the girls persevered and finished the season on a winning streak of four games, including two wins over Manheim Central, reinforcing the team’s growth over the season. Captain Lily Heistand (grade 11) said, “Our season didn’t go exactly as we had hoped, but together we were able to finish strong. I think we are all looking forward to next year, and are excited for the great things that we have the potential and talent to accomplish.” Led by captains Kendall Davies (grade 12), Jena Witters (grade 11), and Lily Heistand, the girls’ soccer team finished third in section two, and missed district playoffs by one spot. Junior Taryn Hummer was named a section two first team all-star alongside sophomore Josie Spayd, and junior Jena Witters was named a second-team all-star as well.
Compared to their opponents, the Elizabethtown boys’ soccer team was fairly young, starting many underclassmen alongside veteran upperclassmen. However, this fall 2021 season the boys proved they can hold their own against more experienced teams. With an overall record of six wins, seven losses, and three ties, the boys were on the cusp of a winning season. Captains Mitchell Garber (grade 12), Chaz Mowrer (grade 12), and Dax Kelly (grade 11) led their team to a hard-fought win against Manheim Central, exemplifying the team’s discipline and drive. The boys’ soccer team finished fourth in section two and advanced to post-season play, facing off against Central Dauphin in the first round of district playoffs. Central Dauphin, currently ranked first in the state and thirteenth in the nation, beat Elizabethtown four to zero. Junior Dax Kelly was named a section two first team all-star, and sophomores Hayden Flory and Jason Stark were named second team all-stars.
By: Andrea Rodriguez