Elizabethtown was happy to be home.
After playing their first five games of the season on the road, the Lady Panthers on Wednesday showed just how excited they were to be on their own turf as they rolled to an offensive-powered 10-1 win over Louisville Mercy at the Elizabethtown Athletic Complex.
“It’s great,” senior forward Gabby Garcia said in regard to playing at home. “Lately in this past two games we’ve been doing a lot better. We’ve been playing some really good teams, so I think that was really good for us, but we’re trying out a new formation and I think it’s working out good.
“I think it instills a lot of confidence in our team that we needed. Obviously the first home win is a really big deal, so glad we got that. Hopefully we have more to come.”
Garcia was one of six players that found the back of the net for Elizabethtown (2-4).
While she scored a pair of early goals, senior forward Ann Bell recorded a hat trick with three goals, junior midfielder Ella Durbin recorded a pair and senior midfielder Josie Kremzar, junior defender Anna Grace Carter and freshman midfielder Emma Musgrave recorded one each.
Elizabethtown coach Pat Black was pleased with the all-around production from his squad.
“We like that we’re sharing the ball and getting a lot of assists,” he said. “That means it’s not ‘trash goals’ where we’re not moving the ball around and sharing it. When you share the ball you can do some good things, and that’s what we’re doing well right now.”
Elizabethtown struck first with Garcia’s first goal at the 27:04 mark of the opening half. Just 37 seconds later, Durbin connected on a shot before Garcia scored for the second time at the 21:07 mark to make it 3-0 Lady Panthers early.
Bell’s goal, followed by scoring shots from Kremzar and another by Durbin, gave Elizabethtown a commanding 6-0 advantage at halftime.
“The offense was working really hard,” Garcia said. “I think we’re pressing together, which is something that’s really important. We just need to stay aggressive and keep pushing like that.”
The Lady Panthers scored three quick goals to open the half - courtesy of Carter and back-to-back from Bell - to push their lead to 9-0.
Mercy (1-3) finally found an answer with senior Natalie Heil’s shot at the 19:31 mark, but it wouldn’t be enough for a comeback.
After a tough start to the year, Black feels that his team is starting to come around.
“We had a tough start and had some tough games,” he said. “We played pretty well at spots but we have a young defense that we’re really just trying to figure out how to best move it. I think we have a formation that’s working a little better for us. Hopefully we can keep building on that.”
Elizabethtown will be back in action Saturday as it hosts Nelson County at 10:30 a.m.