Solanco senior Keirra Laird wanted one final goal before she concluded her high school career.
She got it at the last possible second.
Laird scored just prior to the final buzzer in the Mules' season-ending 3-1 loss to visiting Cocalico Friday, October 11.
Solanco's field hockey team ended the week on a two-game winning streak with consecutive overtime victories.
Solanco 2, Spring Grove 1
Kayla McCauley scored a goal and assisted on Emma Curtis' overtime game-winner Saturday morning, September 28.
Kimmy Beacham made nine saves for the Mules.
Brooke Smith had an assist on McCauley's first half goal which gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The Solanco field hockey team played on even terms with visiting Kennard-Dale between the circles.
It's what happened in the scoring area that decided the outcome.
Kennard-Dale took advantage of its opportunities and downed the Mules 5-1 in the season opener Friday, August 30.
The Solanco volleyball team has spent the two previous seasons setting a foundation.
Now it's time to see what the Mules can construct.
"We're still in the building process but I have set the bar pretty high because we have tons of talent," Solanco coach Meghan Cross said. "It's a motivated group who wants to play. They've been working well together. We still have a young team. I look forward to the next couple of years. This team will continue to grow in their confidence and their volleyball."
Fundamentals and friendship.
Those were the two hallmarks of Solanco High School's field hockey camp.
Solanco High coaches and players provided instruction and worked to build relationships during the 17th annual "Big Sister, Little Sister" camp, which was held last week at the school.
by Bud Hart
Elizabethtown’s Mackenzie Hommaker scored a goal in each half as the Bears defeated the Mules, 2-0 in the pasture on Monday, September 11. Hommaker’s first goal came late, at the 1:30 mark of the first half on an assist from Sharri Kambesis, who again set up Hommaker at the 9:15 mark of the second half.
by Bud Hart
Allyson Osborne doesn't look like a field hockey goalie.
The Solanco senior, who stands no more than 5’-3” and weighs 125 pounds tops, impressed Anna Myer, head coach at Hartwick College. So much so that Osborne may be the incoming freshman goalkeeper Meyer needs.
As a result the Solanco senior received a substantial grant to both guard the goal and matriculate in a subject yet to be determined. Osborne was contacted by Meyer following the 2016 season and after visiting the Oneonta, N.Y., college, signed up in an early admission program most colleges and universities offer.
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The Solanco field hockey team is hoping to start working its way back toward section contention.
The Mules struggled at times last year but showed what they were capable of by defeating eventual section champion Ephrata.