In a clash of first-place squads on Monday, Wyomissing proved why it is the only remaining undefeated team in Berks County.
Sitting well atop the standings in Division III of the Berks Girls Soccer League, the Spartans welcomed Tulpehocken, leaders of Berks IV, to Flannery Field and defeated the Trojans 5-1. With the result, Wyomissing is 5-0 in Berks III, 10-0 overall.
The Spartans jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first half with goals from Sophia Zeppos, Isabel Marshall and Audrey Hurleman. Wyomissing played aggressively, winning balls in the midfield and putting pressure on the Tulpehocken defense.
“I thought the girls played really well,” Spartans coach Rachel Hoffman said. “I thought they came out (in) the first half and they got the game under control. We were playing more (of) our pace and our speed.”
The Trojans’ first prime opportunity to respond came on a penalty kick with just over 17 minutes remaining in the first half. However, the shot sailed over the crossbar.
Tulpehocken’s lone goal was scored by Alyssa Boyer just a few minutes later, which cut the deficit to 3-1. Wyomissing outshot the Trojans 24-9 in the game.
“There were a few hiccups here and there on defense,” Hoffman said. “I feel like the girls ironed it all out and figured it out.”
Wyomissing, the defending Berks champ, added two more goals in the second half, as Hannah Hurleman and Zeppos found the back of the net. The Spartans moved the ball well, working effectively in both the middle and outside areas of the pitch.
The Hurleman sisters — Audrey and Hannah — combined to finish with two goals and a pair of assists, the latter of which were credited to Hannah Hurleman.
“They’re both very fast (and) they’re both very aggressive,” Hoffman said. “They’re great players and even better people, so it’s nice to have them both on the team.”
Tulpehocken goalkeeper Abby Becker was busy all afternoon and finished with 19 saves. Wyomissing goalie Renie Harris recorded eight saves.
This season, the Spartans have defeated the Trojans, Daniel Boone and Kutztown — all of which have seven or more wins. Hoffman said she believes Wyomissing’s strong performance against Tulpehocken will serve as good experience as the regular season winds down.
“It gives us confidence against the better teams in the county,” Hoffman said. “It helps us moving forward, preparing us for county playoffs.”
Source: Berkshire mont