LEWISTOWN - Despite being outshot 10-3 in the first half, the Mifflin County girls soccer team went stride-for-stride with Cedar Cliff, tallying a 1-1 tie at the intermission.
However, the Colts made the most of their shots in the second half, putting its offense on full throttle by scoring six second half goals en route to a 7-1 Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division win.
Leading the way for Cedar Cliff was Katie Jaxheimer, who made her way past the goalie twice in the contest. Both goals were unassisted.
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY?KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Bryce Papp (2) races Cedar Cliff’s Demetra Mallios (10) to the ball Tuesday evening in Lewistown. Mifflin County lost 7-1.
Mifflin County's lone goal came from sophomore Kaitlyn Eckley on a penalty kick.
Huskies' goalie Halle Fisher finished the afternoon with 10 saves while the Colts' Kristen James had one.
"I think we got a little tired early and we gave up a goal early in the second half and mentally we shut down a little bit in a quick span there where they went goal, goal, goal," Mifflin County coach Steven DeArment said. "It was tough. I think we shut off a bit. We actually rallied and played a little better in spurts than in the first half. From the way we played our last two games to the way we played the first half of this game, we have something we build on.
"I think the girls were pleased on how they played in the first half as well they should. Things didn't go our way in the second half but we have something now we can build upon and make strides going forward," DeArment said.
Cedar Cliff got the ball first to start out the contest but the Huskies stole the ball and went down into Colt territory.
The Colts then took control of the tempo, pushing the ball back into Mifflin County's back-third.
A strong Cedar Cliff back line kept the Huskies protecting their back and mid while pushing the possession to Mifflin County's end.
With 21:42 left on the clock, Cedar Cliff's Katey Frank blasted a shot at the Huskies' goal that bounced off a defender and into the goal, giving them the first score of the game.
Defensively, that would be the only miscue the Huskies would have as they took everything that the Colts could throw at them and then some.
Mifflin County tied the game at one when Eckley was taken down inside the Colts defender box.
Staring down Cedar Cliff's James, Eckley sent a shot that seemed to be stopped.
However, an infraction by the Colts allowed Eckley a second chance to tie the game.
Eckley did not disappoint as she sent a screamer past James, tying it at one as the two teams went into the intermission.
In the second half, things fell apart for Mifflin County as Cedar Cliff got goals from Kira Pushart, Kaite Jaxheimer (2), Katie Frank, Kerry O'Connell and Demetra Mallios ending the scoring with a 7-1 victory.
Mifflin County will be back in action Thursday as it travels to Chambersburg.