Lady Knights fall at Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Pa. – Eisenhower battled in a 7-1 setback to host Wilmington on Thursday.

The Lady Knights fought hard and held their heads high right to the end of the game. Caroline Smelko pressured a pass back to the Hounds goalkeeper with 31 seconds left in the game and scored when the keeper attempted to clear it, preventing the shutout.

“I felt like we came out strong,” said Eisenhower coach Diana Elmquist. “This was tough competition that will help us prepare for the end of the season if we move on to playoffs. The score of 7-1 doesn’t tell the entire story.”

With three varsity starting players out due to injury, EHS really stepped up. Freshman Ava Nizzi contributed in a big way with speed in the back field.

“The Junior duo of Rachel Frederick and Patricia Bortz continues to amaze with well played transitions in the back and movement back up the field,” Elmquist said. “Goalkeeper Katie Elmquist had several saves and kept the Knights motivated to keep trying. We have work to do and we know where our weaknesses are, so I’m glad we played such a tough team for our first game.”