Tigers shut out Mustangs, 4-0

COCOLAMUS – The East Juniata field hockey team used a dominating performance on Saturday to defeat visiting Midd-West and open up the season with consecutive wins heading into Tri-Valley league action on Tuesday.

Lydia Koser scored two first half goals and the Tigers’ defense recorded its second-straight shutout as East Juniata defeated the Mustangs 4-0 Saturday afternoon.

“The girls are meshing really well right now since joining with Juniata, and we have a nice mix of players,” noted East Juniata coach Billie Haines.

After allowing the ball to cross into their end of the field only once in the first 10 minutes, Koser took a pass from Stephanie Dressler on the right wing and directed it past Midd-West keeper Kaitlin Schell for the Tigers’ first goal.

East Juniata continued to put pressure on the Mustang defense, and after a scrum in front of the cage, Caitlin Hoover found Koser again to put the Tigers up 2-0 going into halftime.

Dressler and teammate Caitlin Hoover were a big reason the Mustangs were not able to mount any dangerous attack. Midd-West was not credited with a single shot on goal for the afternoon.

“Steph (Dressler) and Caitlin (Hoover) do a great job controlling the center of the field,” Haines said. Steph is more on the offensive end and Caitlin on defense, but it is great having two experienced seniors in those positions.”

As the Mustangs continued to struggle on the offensive end of the field in the second half, it was Koser’s turn to do the giving. She found Jessie Wagner in the circle and Wagner shot it past Schell for the 3-0 lead. Elizabeth McClure finished off the scoring at the 16:20 mark off an assist from Megan Yeager.

The Tigers, who opened with a rout of undermanned York Country Day, have not allowed a goal in their first two contests and will take that momentum into their big Tri-Valley league opener on Tuesday at Greenwood. Haines is looking forward to league play.

“We are playing great field hockey, but the big tests start this week,” she said.

Midd-West travels to Milton Tuesday.