Strong second half delivers victory for Huskies

LEWISTOWN – The harvest moon has come and gone, but the Husky field hockey team took advantage of the fine October weather to harvest a hard earned win over Carlisle, 4-1, in a Commonwealth Division contest Tuesday.

Just under four minutes into the game, Hailey Shughart powered a shot past Huskies’ goalie Jordan Myers to give Carlisle a 1-0 lead. And although the Carlisle won-loss record showed only three victories coming into the game, Mifflin County soon learned there would be no horsing around with the Thundering Herd.

After a flurry of shots and saves in front of the Husky cage, Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay called timeout to encourage her sluggish, stick-welding charges. In addition to the goals saved by Myers, Madyson Kuhns prevented a score on an timely defensive stop.

At the half, Carlisle’s goal held up for a lead; the Herd led in shots on goal by a 13-1 margin and in penalty corners 7-4. The Mifflin County offense needed to, indeed, amp it up in the second half.

The early minutes of the second half were played in front of the Carlisle goal as the Huskies did just that. The Huskies got off two shots in the first five minutes, dominating play without penetrating the cage. At least the dust kicked up on the field was caused by the efforts of the Huskies and not the Herd.

The score was tied at one each when Sara Neff passed to Kezia Loht, who buried the ball in the back of the cage. More Huskies entered the scoring column when Marissa Byler and Nikita Edmiston set up Hannah Kerstetter on Mifflin County’s second goal. Kerstetter enhanced the 2-1 Mifflin County lead when she scored her second tally of the half just three minutes later off an assist from Kezia Loht. With a 3-1 lead at and 13:56 on the game clock, Mifflin County finally had some breathing room.

The change of direction after the half buoyed the flow of the Husky offense. With the sun at her back, Marissa Byler scored the fourth and final goal. She, too, was assisted by Loht.

In the second stanza, Mifflin County led in scoring 4-0, in shots on goal by a 16-4 margin and in corners 6-1. This game was definitely a tale of two halves.

“The first half was completely ugly, but we held them to one goal.” Maclay said. “The Husky dogs showed some fight in the second half by executing the game plan. When the Husky pack decides to play together they can be unstoppable.”

The JVs won 2-0 on goals by Allison Sheetz and Anne Harshbarger.

Mifflin County (6-7-1) hosts Central Dauphin Thursday.