While the Lancaster-Lebnon League girls soccer races hit the home stretch, four other local sides also have been in competition this Fall.
Mt. Calvary Christian, Lancaster County Christian, Lancaster Country Day and Linden Hall, private schools not affiliated with the L-L, also near the conclusion of their regular seasons.
Mt. Calvary and Lancaster Christian, members of the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference, are No. 1 and No. 2 in the conference, heading for the playoffs which begin October 17.
Mt. Calvary (11-3 overall) currently leads the CCAC and is ranked No. 2 in Class A in the District Three power ratings behind unbeaten Fairfield. Fairfield is responsible for one of the Charger's three losses, an 8-2 non-league verdict in early September.
Coach Kirsten Ruhl's Chargers are paced by Madison Martin's 28 goals and 8 assists. Marissa Allebach backs her with 8 goals and 12 assists.
Six points — and a game-and-a-half — behind Mt. Calvary, Lancaster County Christian (8-3) is currently ranked fifth in Districts' Class A.
The Lions, coached by Janelle Deinner, are led by six goals apiece from Olivia Sanders and Emma Workman. Workman also has three assists.
They dropped a 1-0 decision to Mt. Calvary first time through the schedule, own a 4-0 victory over Lebanon Catholic in non-league action and will meet Mt. Calvary once more, Friday at home.
Currently ranked 11th in Class A, .025307 points out of the eighth and final berth in the District tournament, Lancaster Country Day sits second in the Tri-Valley League's South division.
The Cougars (6-7), coached by Dave German, are rebounding from a 5-12-1 campaign in 2015 and are led by Morgan Ernst's 12 goals with one assist. Carly Kleintop (7g, 10 a) and Victoria Gardner (4,1) also contribute to the scoring punch.
In coach Shellee Copley's rookie season at Linden Hall her girls earned the final spot in the 2015 District Three Class A tournament on the basis of power rating.
But, playing an independent varsity/junior varsity schedule left Linden Hall without the minimum nine PIAA varsity opponents scheduled to qualify for the tournament, forfeiting its spot in the bracket.
Currently sixth in the A ratings, with a 3-1 record to date, that situation may arise once more.