Goalie stands strong by Little Lion boys prevail

LEWISTOWN – State College brought its explosive offense primed and ready to go to the Mifflin County High School soccer field Tuesday afternoon.

Offensively, the Little Lions lit up the shot chart with 36 tries at the goal.

However, they didn’t plan on the goalkeeping skills of the Huskies goalie Trevor Middaugh. Middaugh was up for the State College challenge as he stopped 18 in a losing effort.

In the end, State College pulled out a 3-0 victory, blasting two in the first half and one in the second.

“Trevor Middaugh has been absolutely stellar for us this year. He has been spot on with great saves,” Mifflin County coach Robert Lepley said. “He has really helped us hang in games. His athleticism, his knowledge of where to be and his reaction to the overall play has really helped us – I can’t say enough good about him.”

In the first half, the State College offense proved also a good defense, keeping the ball from the Huskies with the exception of an early shot on goal that was scooped up by Little Lions goalkeeper Ty Leway.

That early play by Miffln County would be the last time until the last minutes of the half that the Huskies would challenge offensively. State College refused to even allow Mifflin County in its own back third.

With the momentum and the tempo in their favor, the Little Lions picked up their first goal of the game with 26:23 showing on the clock. State College’s Will Edwards picked up an interception and sent a blast home that tickled the twine, making it 1-0.

Mifflin County’s defense played tough throughout but found itself looking at a 2-0 lead little more than 10 minutes later when the Little Lions struck again.

Kyle Moerschbacher picked up its second unassisted goal of the night, hitting the net with 15:04 left in the first stanza.

Both teams hardened their defenses until the first half ended with State College holding onto its 2-0 advantange. In the first half, State College outshot Mifflin County 16-1 and held the advantage in corner opportunities by a 4-0 margin.

Middaugh collected six saves while Leway had one.

Mifflin County came out of the intermission with a little more bounce in its step and was able to push the ball down into the defensive end of the Little Lions for a majority of the half.

“Overall, I thought the effort was there tonight,” Lepley said. “Our mental lapses, when they happen, they really hurt us. I thought State College transitioned well when we had a mistake in the middle of the field and they put it home.

“We are working on that. We possessed much better in the midfield today I thought,” he said. “We got a lot of good possession out of Kyle Bodtorf in the middle of the field and we are still looking for the finishing ability.”

Bodtorf gave the fans something to cheer about with fewer than 10 minutes left in the game when he blocked a kick by the Little Lion goalie and the ball bounced back toward the State College goal. But just inches from being a goal, the Huskies found themselves leaving the circle empty handed.

Bodtorf had all the three second-half shots on goal .

With 3:30 left in the contest, the Little Lions put the game on ice when Marc Pauley sent it home for the final tally of the afternoon.

Mifflin County hosts Carlisle Thursday.