BY JEFF FALK
Outside of basketball or maybe tennis, Cedar Crest really isn’t know for its girls sports. Perhaps soccer is the Falcon females’ new thing.
On Saturday afternoon at Manheim Central’s Elden Rettew field, Cedar Crest won its first ever Lancaster-Lebanon League girls soccer championship by defeating Cocalico on penalty kicks, 5-4. The league title match went to PKs when two 15-minute overtime sessions and regulation ended in a draw.
The Falcons did not miss in the decisive penalty-kick portion that decided the match. Ultimately the difference for the Falcons was Delaney Cole’s final successful PK and Crest senior keeper Nikki Harner’s save of fellow goalie Taylor Esterly.
With the win, Cedar Crest, which finished second to Conestoga Valley during the Section One regular season, improved to 17-4 on the campaign. The loss snapped Cocalico’s ten-match winning streak.
The Falcons will see their next action on Monday at 7 p.m. at Earl Boltz Stadium in South Lebanon when they host a District Three Class AAA opening round game.
Also converting penalty kicks for Cedar Crest were Becca Robbins, Haleigh Echard, Gabby Boehmer and Amanda Harmuth.
The Falcons enjoyed the better of the play during regulation and overtime, but couldn’t break through, despite numerous near misses. Harner recorded the shutout by logging a dozen saves.