The Lady Hornets took Coach Eric Eisele's advice to heart in the second half of Tuesday's Wyoming Valley Conference soccer match against Meyers. Honesdale scored three times after intermission to wrap up a 5-4 Division 'C' victory.
At halftime of Tuesday’s Wyoming Valley Conference match between Honesdale and Wilkes Barre Meyers, Coach Eric Eisele took his team to task for two soccer sins.
“I told the girls that we needed to tighten up our defense and look to score more,” he explained to TWI Sports. “Meyers is very quick and we really weren’t respecting their team speed. Offensively, we were actually being too unselfish...and that’s something you don’t hear a coach say too often. I want our girls not to hesitate: when they have an open shot, I want them to take it.”
With those admonitions ringing in their ears, the Lady Hornets went on the attack. Honesdale became the aggressor after intermission, hammering home three goals and fending off a late Mohawks’ charge en route to a satisfying 5-4 decision.
As a result of that win, the Red & Black remain in a first place tie with the Hawkeyes atop the Division ‘C’ standings. Both teams are currently 7-1 and have a date with destiny today.
Honesdale travels to Hanover this afternoon for a battle that carries huge play-off implications. The last time these two teams met, the Hawkeyes rode Mary Kate Keating’s offensive explosion to a 3-1 victory. The wildly-talented freshman striker tallied all three Hanover Area goals as the Lady Hornets absorbed their only WVC loss of the season.
“You know what, we’re not really going to change anything about our approach,” said Coach Eisele. “Keating is a very nice player and we underestimated her a little bit the first time around. That won’t happen again. We’re going to play smarter defense and not gamble as much. If we cut down on the silly mental mistakes, I think we’ll be fine.”
Honesdale wasted no time attacking the Meyers net on this day. Karly Gelatt broke the scoring ice just 35 seconds into the match. A senior striker, Gelatt took a pass from Grace Manzione and ripped it past Mohawks’ keeper Hali Endress for a 1-0 lead.
Hanover retaliated midway through the half, triggering a scoring barrage that saw three goals in less that seven minutes. Maureen Lisman evened the match at 1-all with a goal at the 14:32 mark. The veteran midfielder beat Honesdale’s Allaina Propst thanks to an assist from teammate Brynn Nargoski.
Then, just 30 seconds later, Kayla Hartley announced her presence in the game. The Lady Hornets’ top offensive threat, Hartley tallied an unassisted goal to give Honesdale a short-lived lead, 2-1. Nargoski knotted the score in the 32nd minute. Brynn took a pass from Kayla Verdekal and tapped it in for a 2-2 tie.
Honesdale mounted one last attack just before the break. Maureen Ordnung broke free right in front of Hanover’s net and let loose with a quick shot. Endress made the save, but the ball squirted loose and she had to dive on it just before it trickled over the line.
The fact that Ordnung was even in the line-up Tuesday speaks volumes about her mental toughness.
Mo’s brother went into insulin shock earlier in the day and had to be life-flighted to a hospital. Coach Eisele considered holding her out, but eventually relented and was thrilled with her performance.
“Mo Ordnung played the best game of her varsity career,” he said. “I can’t say enough good things about her. I don’t know how she focused on the game, but somehow she did and she was outstanding. If I gave out game balls, she would have gotten it, hands-down.”
Ordnung was right in the thick of the battle at the start of the second half. The tough-as-nails midfielder was taken down violently near the 18-yardline...a fact that fired up Honesdale players, coaches and fans.
The Lady Hornets responded quickly, banging home two goals in less than a minute. ‘Mo’ was credited with an assist on the first one, a hustling, scrambling goal off the foot of Natalie Hoff. Gelatt recorded the second one courtesy of a Hartley assist.
Kelsey Kohrs closed out Honesdale’s scoring with a goal at the 54:12 mark. Once again, Hartley earned the assist.
Propst hung tough between the pipes to post the victory. Allaina was credited with 17 saves and also faced down three Meyers corners.