Hershey Wins it in Overtime

By Drew Weidman


Hershey’s Maddie Zimmer controls the ball before taking a shot in the Trojans’ win over Palmyra on Monday, Sept. 11. Photo: Geno Simonetti. Hershey’s Maddie Zimmer controls the ball before taking a shot in the Trojans’ win over Palmyra on Monday, Sept. 11. Photo: Geno Simonetti.


You just gotta go.

Those were Maddie Zimmer’s words to describe her stunning gamewinning goal as her Trojans knocked off Palmyra in yet another epic duel between the two schools Monday, Sept. 11.

In overtime, Zimmer took the ball from deep on Hershey’s side of midfield, streaked down the field, duked a Palmyra defender and put it into the cage for the 3-2 overtime win.

Zimmer raised her hands in celebration as her teammates stormed the field and enveloped her.

“I was just really focused on getting down there and putting it in,” Zimmer said after the game. “You don’t want to let your team down.”

Zimmer did more than not let her team down, she single-handedly won the game, scoring all three of Hershey’s goals, including the game-tying goal with just 1:33 left in the game.

“She’s just unbelievable,” Hershey coach Bri Price said after the game. “Her speed on the ball is just … really, you just can’t touch it.”

Zimmer gave Palmyra (1-1, 4-1) fits all night, almost toying with Cougar defenders as they chased her around inside the circle.

With less than two minutes to play in regulation and Hershey playing down a player due to a green card, Zimmer tied it on a penalty corner.

The shot never had a chance to be stopped, as it zinged past Palmyra keeper Ava Kristich.

Less than a minute into overtime, Zimmer, who was referred to as “wizard” by one of her teammates after the game, won it in the extra frame.

The win does wonders for a Hershey team that lost to Wilson to open the season and then got pummeled by Lower Dauphin on Sept. 6.

“This definitely picked us up a lot,” Zimmer said. “Everyone just felt it even if they weren’t on the field. The whole team was just in the moment with us, it was really great.”

Price answered with an emphatic “Yes!” when asked if this was Hershey’s best performance of the season.

“It’s the highest energy we had so far. We played as a team tonight, which is what we’ve been needing,” she said.

Things didn’t exactly look up for Hershey early on, as Palmyra grabbed a quick 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.

Lexy Smith scored an unassisted goal after getting her own rebound on a breakaway.

For the next 27 minutes, Hershey fought hard to get the goal back, getting some nice opportunities inside the circle, but the Palmyra defense stood up.

Palmyra even had an opportunity to make it 2-0 when a stroke was called on Hershey goalie Kit Olmsted. However, Palmyra’s Kristen Robinson whiffed on the shot and the ball trickled toward the cage and was turned back by Olmsted.

In the second half, with 25:57 left, Zimmer finally got Hershey on the board with an unassisted goal.

Palmyra answered less than a minute later when Lauren Wadas whacked it past Olmsted to make it 2-1.

For the rest of the game, Hershey peppered Kristich, with shots on goal at the 13:50 mark and shots by Mary-Anne Nortier and Zimmer at the 12:30 mark.

For the game, Hershey took nine shots on goal while Palmyra took four. Hershey took seven penalty corners versus Palmyra’s four. Kristich made six saves in goal and Olmsted had two.

Palmyra coach Kristi Costello said her team was facing its stiffest competition to date in Hershey.

“They just hit the ball really hard and we haven’t faced that kind of competition yet,” Costello said. “We definitely got some good experience for tonight, it’s just always hard to be on the other end of things.”

Hershey

The victory over Palmyra couldn’t have been more redeeming for the Trojans after Hershey (2-2, 1-1) was dealt a 5-1 loss at the hands of rival Lower Dauphin on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Despite taking eight corners in the game, as opposed to Lower Dauphin’s four, Hershey managed only four shots (two on goal) in the defeat.

Lower Dauphin saw scores from Natalie Holl, Caitlin Holland, Maddie Gaughan, Audrey Domovich and Courtney Kindall. Korryn Kehler scored for Hershey.

Olmsted (3 saves) allowed four LD goals and was replaced by Mallory Drayer (2 saves) with 23 minutes left in the game.

Hershey followed up its ugly defeat with a 2-1 non-league win over Twin Valley on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Kailey Obenstine and Kehler scored for the Trojans and Zimmer and Shealyn Tatara were credited with the assists.

Hershey took 16 shots on goal, opposite Twin Valley’s two.

Olmsted made one save in goal and Twin Valley goalie Talayna Viscuso made 14 saves in the cage.

Lower Dauphin

Lower Dauphin (2-0, 4-1) followed up its victory over Hershey with a Keystone Cup crown, winning its own tournament Saturday, Sept. 9.

The Falcons dispatched Governor Mifflin 7-0 in the first game and then beat Dallastown, a winner over Hempfield, 4-0 in the title game.

Junior Ashleigh Kenney tallied her first varsity goal in a two-goal performance in the Governor Mifflin game.

The Falcons took down division opponent Susquehanna Township 7-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Emma O’Neill scored a hat trick in the win.

Palmyra

Prior to the Hershey game, Palmyra cruised to two easy wins over division opponent Mechanicsburg on Wednesday, Sept. 6, by a 7-0 score and then a 5-1 victory over non-league opponent Elizabethtown on Saturday, Sept. 9.

In the Mechanicsburg game, Wadas scored four times and Palmyra took 21 shots and 16 corners.

Against E-town, Palmyra saw scores from Annabelle Copeland, Mia Julian, Smith, Jaide Epler and Wadas.

Milton Hershey

The Spartans improved their nonleague record with wins over West Perry and Susquehanna Township during the past week.

However, Milton Hershey lost its two division games with Northern and East Pennsboro to bring its record to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Capital Division.


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