3-goal quarter lifts MCCA to 4-1 win

SHINDLE – The Mifflin County Christian girls soccer team wasted little time taking control offensively against their Meadowbrook Christian opponents Thursday, as four different players scored – all unassisted goals – in a 4-1 win over the previously unbeaten Lions.

The Eagles turned it up when it came to crunch time, posting three fourth-quarter tallies over the second-place girls squad in the Allegheny Christian Athletic Association.

“I thought the girls played well tonight,” Mifflin County Christian coach Craig Todd said.

From the first possession of the game, the Eagles rolled down and blasted away at the Lions’ goalkeeper, peppering her with six first-quarter shots on goal.

Mifflin County Christian jumped on the board less than midway through the first quarter as Julee Hoffman went in unassisted, firing a shot to the corner of the goal at the three-minute mark. Hoffman also smacked the first shot on goal of the game as well.

In the second quarter, Mifflin County Christian went right back to pounding the ball deep into the back line of the Lions’ defense.

To Meadowbrook Christian’s credit, it was able to stop everything that was kicked at it and was able to clear the ball before the Eagles had a chance to take possession once again.

Despite being outshot 8-1 in the first half, the Lions trailed by just one goal.

Both teams each had a corner attempt in the first half, while Lions’ goalie Abagail Clendaniel saved four and the Eagles’ keeper Johanna Hoffman was tested just once.

By the third quarter, Mifflin County Christian was knocking at the door once again, getting closer and closer to putting its shots past new Meadowbrook Christian goalkeeper Noelle Reichard.

But for at least the third quarter, she was able to stop the Eagles’ shots, heading into the final stanza with her team still trailing 1-0.

However, before the Lions knew what hit them, Mifflin County started to pull away from them.

Emma Todd broke the second-half stalemate, putting the ball past the Lions’ goalie to up the Eagles’ lead to 2-0 with 13:24 left to go.

Teammate Joelle Hoffman found the back of the net just minutes later, plastering a shot that tickled the twine and extended the lead to 3-0.

Tori Moon gave the Eagles the insurance goal they were looking for as she hit an unassisted goal with 5:33 left to put the game out of reach, 4-0.

Meadowbrook never gave up as it ended the shutout with 1:41 left when Paige Bordner scored on a penalty kick, ending the scoring at 4-1.

Mifflin County Christian led in shots on goal 16-4 and both teams had six corner opportunities apiece.

The Eagles (3-1) are idle for more than two weeks, until they travel to Centre County Christian Oct. 15.