Article by Jeffrey Kauffman, The Sentinel
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MECHANICSBURG — Both coaches in Saturday’s field hockey contest have been looking all season for a full game from their teams.
Mechanicsburg’s Kari Bianchi saw her squad looking good early on, but it was Julie Colestock and Camp Hill that turned in the complete effort, rallying all the way back to a 3-2 victory Saturday morning at John H. Frederick Field.
“We haven’t played two good halves back-to-back and I was happy to see how we responded to them scoring twice in the first half,” Colestock said. “I called a timeout in the first half because I didn’t feel we were being aggressive. I went after them and the goal we score in the final seconds was a key that changed the game.”
The Wildcats (3-3) had several chances as they rolled up four penalty corners in the first 15 minutes, but couldn’t put one in the net.
“We have struggled to put balls in the net and finish our opportunities,” Bianchi said. “We score two in the first half, but we gave up that goal in the final seconds that changed the game.”
Alexandra Rebman and Abby Martin gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead as they each scored within a three minute span capped by Martin’s goal at the 4:19 mark.
Camp Hill (3-2-1) got a crucial goal when, on a nice open field play, Syd Robertson found a streaking Hannah Zemaitis on the right wing. As Zemaitis ran toward the cage, Robertson ran directly to the far post for an attempt. Robertson was there for the tap-in and cut the deficit in half with just 1.6 seconds left in the half.
“These two teams play club ball together and they know who should not touch the ball and who should get the ball in certain situations,” Colestock said. “Our kids know that Kourtney Landis shouldn’t see the ball and we need to be aware of where she is at all times.
Robertson contributed to the second goal as she sent in a cross from the right side and Emily Nelson was in the right spot for the tap-in and the tie contest.
Rebman had two chances to give Mechanicsburg the lead, but both of her backhand shots rolled past the far post, missing by inches.
Camp Hill finally took the lead on a scramble in front of the net. The play was on the left side of the net and the ball squirted through to Linnie Trimmer. She was stationed on the far post and settled the ball and finished the chance and beat keeper Anne Becker’s diving attempt.
Mechanicsburg had some chances over the final 20 minutes, but Addie Guyer and Justine Colestock seemed to come up big as well as keeper Annie Kalpas who had four saves in the final minutes.
LIONS 3, WILDCATS 2
Camp Hill 1 2 — 3
Mechanicsburg 2 0 — 2
M- Alexandra Rebman, unassisted, 7:35
M- Abby Martin, unassisted, 4:19
CH- Sydney Robertson, assist Hannah Zemaitis, 0:01
CH- Emily Nelson, assist Robertson, 28:48
CH- Linie Trimmer, unassisted, 22:10
Shots: CH 8; M 9
Corners: CH 5; M 7
Saves: CH (Annie Kalpas 7); M (Anne Becker 4).