Lions push in second half

LEWISTOWN – Centre County met Mifflin County as the State College girls soccer team came up against the Huskies in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth game Tuesday.

The injury-riddled Huskies fought valiantly, going toe-to-toe against the Little Lions, but thanks to a pair of State College goals in the second half, the Little Lions left town with a 5-2 victory.

The winner in this game, though, was the American Cancer Society – Mifflin County players had special pink shirts made to raise awareness, and the team donated $500 to the agency between the varsity and JV games.

The score was 3-2 at the half, but that would be as close as the Huskies would get. Robin Derr led the way for State College, posting a hat trick in the victory.

Mifflin County got a strong effort from goalie McKenzie Bressler, who snagged eight shots on goal in a losing effort. State College keeper Caitlyn Fosnacht grabbed only two the entire contest.

“I am very proud. I am very proud of the way they played. They were down a goal early and then fought back, twice,” Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said.

State College opened the game with possession of the ball and directly took it down into the Mifflin County back third. The Little Lions were relentless, hitting five consecutive shots that were stopped by Bressler and the Mifflin County back line.

However at the 28:39 mark of the first half, State College’s Luba Hristova brokeaway from the pack and put the first goal in.

Minutes later, the Mifflin County offense retaliated in grand fashion as Alyssa Johnson hit Bryce Papp in stride, setting up Papp for a game-tying goal.

Both defenses took control for the next six minutes before the Little Lions would take back the lead.

Derr hit her first goal of the game at the 19:50 mark when teammate Taylor Campbell sent a pass sailing down in front of Derr. Derr blasted a shot past Bressler, making it 2-1.

Three minutes after her first score, Derr was at it again, delivering an unassisted shot into the corner of the Mifflin County goal, extending the Little Lions’ lead to 3-1.

Mifflin County would have the last say in the first half when Taylor Dietrich booted a smoking shot past Fosnacht, ending the first half scoring at 3-2.

Despite giving up two goals in the second half, the Huskies possessed the ball and the tempo for more of the second half than the first.

Mifflin County’s defense held the State College offense to only nine shots while it’s offense picked up five.

“The girls hung in there real well today. I told them at halftime to slow things down, looking for passes, just getting it out of pressure,” Eckley said. “They actually did well they started to pressure the ball and took the ball out of pressure and of course we got the ball up field that gave us more chances.”

In the end, State College led the game in shots on goal by a 23-9 margin and led in corner kicks 5-0.

Mifflin County is back in action Thursday as it hosts Carlisle.