SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — For Cumberland Valley, everything just seems to be clicking.
From the clean passing, to defense deking and the pinpoint scoring, the Eagles just seem to be on the best streak they have been on in a while.
And their undefeated record shows as much. At 8-0 (4-0 Commonwealth), CV added another strike to the win column Thursday evening with a 25-3 win over Mechanicsburg at Eagle View Middle School.
“I think we have good seniors to lead the team, we have players that have been playing together for a while now, so they all are used to each other and working with each other,” CV head coach Emily Savini said.
“[We just needed] to play our game,” said senior Kyra Place, who ended the game with four goals. “The last couple of games we’ve played down and haven’t really played strong. [We just need to] play our game and come out strong, which we did.”
That senior leadership helped the Eagles to a 5-1 lead in the first five minutes, and from there they never really looked back.
The passes remained crisp, the defense on par — goalie Karlee Whitlock stopped five shots for the win — and the goal-scorers kept the back of the Mechanicsburg net full. Jordan Kulp ended with a whopping four goals and six assists, and Ashley Hannon and Molly Celesky also added four goals.
And when Mechanicsburg (3-6, 1-2 Keystone) managed to get through to score a goal, the Eagles never faltered. By halftime, the CV advantage had ballooned to 16-1.
Some of the success this season can also be attributed to Savini’s work behind the bench. Savini is more comfortable with the team in her second year in charge and is focusing on some of the minutiae that they weren’t as attentive to last season.
“Last year was my first year, so it was a lot of learning,” Savini said. “This year is all about fine-tuning stuff, and we also have some really good freshmen that are stepping up this year and are filling the roles of the seniors that left last year. I think we’re all kind of working together and know what we’re doing this time around.”
Moving forward, CV knows it will be a tough road if it wants to keep the unbeaten streak alive.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to try their darnedest.
“We do have some big games to prepare for, so it’s going to be a lot of film and fine-tuning some of the smaller stuff that we can work on from this season so far,” Savini said. “Hopefully we can keep the momentum up and keeping our end goal in mind that we want to continue on and we want to continue with our undefeated season and with how good it feels. Continue with the positive outlook for everything.”
The Eagles put the perfect record back on the line Saturday at Exeter Township at 11 a.m. Mechanicsburg gets back to work Friday at Spring Grove at 7.