LEWISTOWN - To lose just one player due to injury could make it difficult to reconfigure a lineup.
Being in the situation that the Mifflin County girls soccer team has found itself in barely halfway through the fall season is entirely different. The team has had to rely on a whole different group of players that had to fill in due to several injuries.
Despite having to learn things on the fly, the Huskies are holding their own, most recently in their game against Central Dauphin on Saturday. The Mifflin County defense allowed only two goals against the Mid-Penn Commonwealth division foe, but that was enough.
Sentinel photo by TIM SHUMAKER
Mifflin County’s Bryce Papp, left, and Central Dauphin’s Allie Amstutz battle for the ball Saturday in Lewistown.
After giving up those two in the first half, the Huskies tightened their back third and shut out the Rams in the second half, falling 2-0 at Mifflin County High School.
"I thought our defense played an awesome game. My hat's off to them," Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said. "We have freshmen out there learning on the fly and they are starting to pick the basic fundamentals. We were hoping that the younger kids would get some experience and come along in JV action but they were thrown right into varsity action."
The Rams out shot Mifflin County 21-4 and held the advantage on corner opportunities 10-0.
Mifflin County goalie Mackenzie Bressler snagged 10 saves while the Rams' Zoe Fletcher tallied two.
Central Dauphin opened the game and established the tempo, picking up its first shot at the 37-minute mark. Both teams had some good looks early but it would be the Rams that would strike.
Central Dauphin hit the game's first goal off a corner kick. Christina Prowley picked up the ball from Mikaela Paris, blasting it in at the 29:22 mark to make it 1-0.
Mifflin County finally recorded a shot on goal three minutes later.
After numerous possession changes, the Rams went right back to the heart of the Huskies defense and slipped in the second goal of the game.
This time it was Allie Amstrutz hitting a goal off of a rebound and blasting the unassisted goal to up the lead to 2-0 with 15:06 left before the intermission.
However, in the second half, the Huskies defense tightened their belt and played the Rams toe-to-toe, allowing just nine shots in the half and only four corner opportunities.
But the offense could not take advantage of the tough defensive play. The Mifflin County offense was limited to only one shot in the second half.
Mifflin County is back in action Tuesday as the Huskies host Central Dauphin East.