Tigers blank Millersburg

COCOLAMUS – Tuesday night turned into a senior night delight as the East Juniata girls honored their departing seniors in style, dominating Millersburg 4-0 in front of the home crowd in a Tri-Valley League girls soccer showdown.

Alyssa Aucker, McKayla Goodling, Maddie Trego, Brooke Kitting, Amanda Weidner and Mackenzie Martin were honored in a pre-game ceremony.

In the game, Goodling led all scorers with two of her team’s four goals.

Throughout the game, the seniors made their own mark from beginning to end by putting the Indians in their own back third for most of the evening.

Offense made a great defense as the Tigers pounded the ball relentlessly at the Millersburg goal, totaling a 27-shot effort while the visitors were only able to post two shots on goal the entire game. Both of the Indians’ shots came under the four-minute mark in both halves.

“They definitely controlled the game but I wasn’t too happy with how we possessed the ball. I think we just got into a kick ball match at times,” East Juniata coach Lori Goodling said. “We just need to start capitalizing on some of this stuff that we are working on getting dangerous up there. I was still pleased on what they did. They controlled it and didn’t let them back there. We still have some things we have to work out though.”

From the very first touch of the night, the Tigers pressed the Indians down into their half of the field. Early on McKayla Goodling had a chance for a goal as she got the ball on a breakaway at the 28-minute mark but her shot was stopped by Millersburg keeper Chayan Lebo. Lebo collected 14 saves in a losing effort.

Just minutes later, East Juniata found a crack in the Indians’ defense and took the first lead of the ball game.

Amber Knouse blasted a shot off a rebound from a teammate’s shot that caromed off the goalie and in her direction. Knouse sent it home, making it 1-0 with 25:36 showing on the clock.

Despite the early goal, the Millersburg defense stiffened for much of the first half, turning away shots time after time until the very last few minutes of the half.

After being bombarded with shots, the Indians saw one more go through before the intermission. Kasi Horning doubled the lead as she tickled the twine with 5:47 left.

When the two teams went into the break, East Juniata led in shots on goal (11-1) and in corner opportunities as well as the score.

It was much of the same in the second half as the Tigers rolled back into the Indians’ back third.

With 32:46 left in the contest, Goodling notched her first goal as she battled inside a group of teammates and defender to come out with the goal. She finished up the scoring at 26:29 when she broke on a pass from Hannah Scholl and blasted home.

In the JV contest, East Juniata was just as successful, winning 4-1.

The Tigers travel to Upper Dauphin Thursday.