PM Field Hockey Achieves First of many Goals

By Sam Valentin –

Penn Manor Field Hockey team captured their fifth consecutive section one crown last night in a 2-o win over Hempfield. They can check this one off the list.

The Comets defense was stifling the Black Knight offense, not allowing any shots on goal.  The Penn Manor scoring started with sophomore midfielder, Rachael Suter who put in a reverse stick chip shot in the middle of the second half to put the lady Comets up by one.They never looked back.

The scoring also ended with Suter who scored again with about three minutes left in the game to solidify the victory as the Comets finished with an 11-1 record in their section. They may have been nervous heading into this big game but after the game there was a sense of relief among the lady Comets.

“It’s a relief because its a penta-peat,” said senior defender, Vicky Nase who knows what it is like playing in big games. She and a few other players were on the state championship team their freshman year.

The lady Comets had a chance to wrap up the section title against Warwick at home on the Monday night but they couldn’t capitalize on their chances losing 2-0.

“Should have beaten them, they outplayed us,” said coach Matt Soto after Warwick gave his team their first section lost.

Penn Manor played section two runner-up Ephrata on Saturday at Hempfield where they achieved goal number one on their list.

The girls won handily, beating Ephrata 8-0.

Their list of goals include winning leagues, distracts, and taking home the state crown.