LEWISTOWN - After getting bit by the injury bug early and often this season, the Mifflin County girls soccer team has had to adjust on the fly and learn to jel as they hit the heart of their Mid-Penn League schedule.
In their battle with Chambersburg, the Huskies gave up two early goals but settled in as the game grew older, falling to the Trojans 3-1.
"We got off to a slow start and we gave up two early goals and then we settled in," Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said. "I threw a new formation at them due to our injuries. We are trying to put girls in new spots. We are trying to challenge them to step up and play aggressively."
Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin County goalie Sage Heckendorn-Fike stops a shot Thursday.
Chambersburg wasted little time picking up a goal as Saige Keyes lofted a shot that bounced over the Mifflin County goalie just two and a half minutes into the game, making it 1-0.
The Trojans held the early possession, keeping the ball down in the Huskies' back-third. Early on, Chambersburg posted three consecutive shots on goal before the Huskies were able to get back and take a short possession.
All the pressure paid off for the Trojans as minutes later they were able to find an opening in the Mifflin County offense.
With 28:04 still left in the first half, Chambersburg went up 2-0 as Ally Reinhardt sent a sizzler at the corner of the Mifflin County goal.
As the minutes of the first half began to tick away, Mifflin County was able to get into Chambersburg territory but was unable to find any crack in the Trojans' defense.
Mifflin County was able to pick up its first shot on goal at the 22:17 mark. On its second strong look at the Chambersburg goal, Mifflin County's Kelsey Kennedy blasted a shot that went wide, keeping the score at 2-0.
Despite trailing, the Huskies were the first to pick up a corner opportunity.
In its first attempt, Mifflin County sent a shot that was stolen by the Chambersburg defenders. Minutes later, the Huskies collected another corner opportunity but were once again thwarted in the process.
The Mifflin County defense also was successful in holding the Trojans scoreless on their first-half corner attempts, stopping two.
Rounding out the first half, Kennedy sent one more blast at the goal but it went just over top of the frame.
At the intermission, Chambersburg had outshot Mifflin County 11-3 and tied the Huskies in corners at two each. Mifflin County goalie Sage Heckendorn-Fike collected four saves while Chambersburg goalie Shannon Edwards had only one.
Chambersburg made it 2-for-2 on first shots turning into goals as they made the score 3-0 when Devin Furness posted an unassisted shot at the 37:36 mark of the second half.
But that would be all that the Mifflin County defense would give up the rest of the afternoon, allowing only six total shots in the half.
Mifflin County made its presence known at the 30:35 mark when the Huskies scored off of a difficult shot by Kennedy, cutting the Trojan lead to 3-1.
From there, the Huskies played with confidence and settled in and went back and forth against Chambersburg.
When the final buzzer rang, the two tied in shots at six each in the half, both had one goal and Heckendorn was tough in the net clamping down on four.