By Brooke Steach
The Central Dauphin girls soccer team has surely shown their soccer skills this year, by finishing first in the Mid Penn Commonwealth with a 17-0-1 undefeated record, with a total of scoring 58 goals in the season, and only letting 11 goals in.
At the beginning of the preseason, the lady rams were projected to place second in the Mid Penn Commonwealth, behind the Cumberland Valley Eagles. Scott Orner, the Central Dauphin girls soccer coach, is only on his second year coaching the team.
Last year, the lady rams started off with a slow start, losing their first 3 games of the season. The lady rams finished with a 10-8 overall record last year, and with a 7-7 overall league record, missing a district run opportunity by two tenths of a point.
This year, the lady rams came onto the pitch with a whole new attitude. Starting off their season this year very strong, making their first 3 games of the season this year 2 wins and a tie against Central Dauphin’s biggest rival, Cumberland Valley.
But on September 29th, the lady rams faced their rival Cumberland Valley again, to renew their last tie against them for a win.
In the 23rd minute, Alexis Johnson assisted to Mikayla Mustard to put the rams up 1-0 early in the first half. The rams held the mighty eagles 1-0 the rest of the game, with freshman Cassy Baker having 9 major saves in the game.
Central Dauphin got the win 1-0, continuing their undefeated record.
According to the Lady Rams, this year the team was significantly different.
Senior captain, Samantha Kough said, “This year, I felt as if the team had a lot of more experience with the returning underclassmen starters, and we worked much harder to get through the regular league season undefeated.”
Kough, Senior Midfielder, was one of the leaders on the lady rams last year having 4 goals and 1 assist.
Lauren Resnick, Junior Forward, explains the season is by far more successful this year for many reasons quoting, “We all have a very good relationship with each other and get along very well, we are all also very skilled players, and we work very hard at practice.”
Lauren Resnick was also one of the leaders on the team last year, being one of the Rams top goal scorers, with 6 goals last season. Lauren Currey, Junior Forward, was Central Dauphin’s top leading scorer last year with a total of 23 goals last season, and 4 assists. Lauren also had 13 goals her freshman year, with 2 assists.
Currey verbally committed to the University Of Delaware this past April, before tearing her ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament), making her miss this season with the Lady Rams. Currey has been working hard with her recovery, and is returning to the pitch in early spring.
Currey had to say a lot about the team from watching every game this year, “I’m very proud of everyone and what we accomplished, it’s fun being on the sidelines, and cheering with everyone. We stayed positive, and encouraged each other, even if the game wasn’t going our way. We played like we knew how to play. We worked very hard for each other, ourselves, and our school.”
The lady rams ended up compiling a 21-2-1 overall record, but losing their last game in the District 3 Class 4A Semi-Final, 2-1.