LEWISTOWN - Picture this: dark green grass, bright sunshine, a pleasant breeze, a cloudless sky and young lassies in kilt-like skirts.
Such was the scene as the Huskies (3-3) hosted the Thundering Herd of Carlisle (0-5) in Mid-Penn field hockey action Wednesday in Lewistown.
The Huskies scored five goals in a span of seven minutes in the first half en route to a 6-1 win over visiting Carlisle.
Mifflin County’s Hannah Kerstetter, right, uses a reverse stick to dodge Carlisle's Leah Colestock during Mifflin County’s 6-` win over the visiting Thundering Herd Wednesday in Lewistown.
Sentinel photo by Jaynee
Mifflin County took a 1-0 lead with ten minutes expired in the first half when Kezia Loht passed to Whitney Strohecker who buried it in the back of the cage. One minute later, Sam Peters scored on an assist from Katey Cramer.
Coach Leslie Tripp of Carlisle called time-out to settle her team, The Thundering Herd barely got back on to the field when 23 seconds later Macie Lucas assisted Peters to put the Huskies up 3-0 early.
A great defensive play by Sabrina Boring allowed Mifflin County to feed the ball to Strohecker who scored without an assist. The four-goal lead enabled the Huskies to play as they practiced.
r Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin Friday
"We took better advantage of the passing lanes today," Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay.
After four minutes of midfield play, Loht sent the ball over the goal line on another assist by Cramer.
This goal sparked Carlisle. Haley Shughart scored to end the shutout and cut the Husky lead to 5-1. However, soon after, Peters completed her hat trick with three minutes left in the half. Lucas provided the assist.
Anna Walters of Carlisle made a great stick save near the goal line to prevent a score just five minutes into the second half. Keeping the pressure on the Herd defense, Mifflin County scored its final goal when Lucas assisted Cramer. Lucas finished with three assists on the day.
"Practice yesterday was intense," Maclay said when asked what made the difference Wednesday. "It was good motivation to give our very best effort each time we take the field. Our communication was much better today than against Cumberland Valley. We also switched our formation and player positioning."
The JV game went to Mifflin County by a 2-1 score. Emma Aumiller was assisted by Rachel Neff and Brooke Cherry was assisted by Jenna Cramer.
Mifflin County hosts Central Dauphin Friday.