Huskies outpace Panthers, 2-0

LEWISTOWN – Sloppy, wet weather showed up Thursday afternoon during senior day for the Mifflin County field hockey team.

However, the weather proved to not be much of a factor as the Huskies shut out Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division foe Central Dauphin East, 2-0.

“It was kind of nice to play a game that wasn’t dusty,” Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said. “I thought the girls gave a good effort. We got to play the seniors a lot for their last home game. It was nice to score and it was a nice way to end the season.”

Early on, the game started with the teams exchanging possessions.

Mifflin County got the first shot on goal early in the period, but that was the last shot the game would see for the next 10 minutes.

Neither team was able to dictate the tempo early, and as the game grew older the field conditions started to grow slick, affecting the footing on both sides. Breakaway attempts were almost nil in the game.

On the team’s second corner opportunity of the game, the Huskies got on the board at the 13:32 mark when Sami Morningstar passed the ball to teammate Kezia Loht who netted the goal, making it 1-0.

As the rain continued, the game continued its muddy pace. Mifflin County did everything it could defensively, holding the Panthers with only one shot on goal in the first half, while the Huskies tallied five. Mifflin County also held the advantage in corners by a 5-1 margin.

Central Dauphin East’s Brittany Dunker picked up two saves while Mifflin County keeper Jordan Myers was untested.

After an abbreviated halftime due to the rain, the two teams started the second half and the Huskies were tested early as the Panthers opened with three corner opportunities and three shots on goals in the first 10 minutes.

However, Myers and the rest of the Mifflin County defense was up to the challenge as they turned Central Dauphin East away each time, keeping the 1-0 lead.

Mifflin County added an insurance goal with 18:50 left in the game when Marrisa Byler picked up a pass from Loht to blast a shot past Dunker, upping the lead to 2-0.

When the final buzzer went off, Mifflin County won 2-0, led in shots on goal 7-4 and in corner opportunities by an 11-4 advantage. Dunker finished with three saves while Myers also had three.

With the victory, Mifflin County will start the postseason on October 23rd as it will get back in action against rival State College at State College in the first round of the playoffs.