SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP — In an early season Mid-Penn Conference matchup of Commonwealth Division rivals, Cumberland Valley girls soccer cruised to an impressive 5-0 victory over State College on Thursday night at Eagle View Stadium.
Cumberland Valley (3-0-1, 2-0-1 Commonwealth) controlled the play early and cashed in to take the quick advantage. Less than five minutes in, midfielder Jaxton Gerhart found Emily Mashinski with a header into the upper left corner over the outstretched reach of Little Lions’ goalkeeper Jenny Mejia.
“I feel like getting an early goal sets the tone for the whole game,” Mashinski said. “All the girls were excited about getting that in the fourth minute. We each came out super-hard and earned that.”
Cumberland Valley added to the advantage at 24:07 when Mashinski fed it into the scrum at the front of the goal near freshman Rylee Fry. A State College defender tried to shadow Fry but instead pushed the ball into her own goal.
State College (0-2, 0-1) struggled to organize its attack through much of the game. The Little Lions were held to only one shot on goal with zero corners for the entire contest.
The second half played out much like the first, with the Eagles possessing the ball while Mashinski provided the offense. The junior forward tallied three more goals after the break, giving her four for the game.
“When we played underneath, we got through a ton,” Cumberland Valley head coach George Gemberling said. “We were getting outside on the wings. We were finding people through the middle. I think the passing led to us playing the kind of soccer we wanted to through the offensive third.”
Cumberland Valley played all three goalies on the roster with Abbie Miller registering the lone save for the Eagles. Jenny Mejia and Evie Lenze combined to turn away six shots for State College.
“Being the first home game, we focused on making a statement at home,” Gemberling said. “We wanted to create an atmosphere and a type of environment we wanted to work in. Our pregame was really asking, ‘What kind of soccer are you going to put on this field?’”
After the shutout, the head coach had a definitive and emphatic answer.
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