Carlisle thunders by Mifflin County, 7-1

LEWISTOWN – Mifflin County put on a push early in its girls soccer game against Carlisle, with five of its 10 total shots going out within the first 15 minutes of the game.

But after a goal by Carlisle off the foot of Marguerite Stasyszyn in the 28th minute, the pace quickly changed.

With her goal, Stasyszyn released the Thundering Herd, and for the remainder of the Commonwealth Division contest the ball was mostly in Mifflin County’s defensive end, resulting in a 7-1 loss for the Huskies.

In the first half, Carlisle tacked on two more goals after Stasyszyn’s initial one when Sarah Reidy took a feed from Christina Sherer three minutes later for a 2-0 lead, then a pass that skipped just over Mifflin County’s last line of defense allowed Mariah Varner to chase the ball downfield and put a shot past Mifflin County keeper Mackenzie Bressler.

Varner led Carlisle offensively – notching two goals and one assist – and her one-on-one goal against Bressler to end Carlisle’s scoring for the first half was an example of the offense Mifflin County struggled with all game.

Carlisle’s forwards played up against Mifflin County’s last defensive line the entire game, and on multiple occasions this pressure allowed the forwards to break past Mifflin County’s defense on a pass downfield, putting Bressler in a tough spot.

At times a Mifflin County defender would get back just in time to break up the play, and Bressler defended many of her own as well, including a nice save against two Carlisle forwards with seven minutes left in the first half, but the Huskies couldn’t stop the Herd every time.

Two of Carlisle’s four second-half goals were scored on breakaways, and Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley was visibly frustrated that Carlisle was not getting called for what he thought were offside plays.

“They were up tight against our defense, but they were also offside,” he said. “It was not called. So, when girls are left to run free and it’s not called, our defense is sort of put at a disadvantage.”

Outside of breakaway shots by Varner and Reidy, Carlisle’s other second-half goals were scored when Jessica Brumbach put up a shot from deep that went just over a jumping Bressler’s hands and Isabel Blumenthal scored on a ball that wasn’t quickly cleared away from Mifflin County’s net.

However, these second-half Carlisle goals all came after a Mifflin County goal late in the first half, when with 28 seconds left before the break, Haley Predix served up a beautiful kick into the box off a direct kick, and Emily Bielski was there to pick up the Huskies’ sole goal.

Throughout the game, Mifflin County also had other chances to score as Bryce Papp worked downfield for multiple shots and Bielski also had a few other chances of her own, but as a whole the Huskies had trouble putting together a united offensive attack.

“The field conditions weren’t the greatest obviously with the rain. We weren’t getting pushes. Our girls were being timid tonight and just laying back and not being aggressive,” Eckley said.

Mifflin County (1-16, 1-14) travels to Central Dauphin Tuesday.