Early goals enough for Mifflin County

Huskies strike twice in the first half

Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Emily Shilling (18) knocks the ball away from the stick of Cedar Cliff’s Catherine Zvorslay Wednesday evening in Lewistown. Mifflin County won, 2-0.

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County field hockey team jumped out to an early lead and played shut down defense the rest of the game to hand Cedar Cliff a 2-0 Mid-Penn Commonwealth defeat Wednesday afternoon.

The victory was the second straight for the Huskies after a 0-2 start to the season. Mifflin County coach Courtney Kanagy said her squad is feeling good and gaining confidence with each win.

“It’s early, but it’s always good to be winning back-to-back games. The girls need it. Every team needs a win to feel better about themselves. As we continue to progress through the season, the more wins we get, the better they feel. Hopefully, we can keep on that track,” Kanagy said. “We have been working on our passing and sometimes on grass, it doesn’t go as smooth as it does on turf. It’s good to see them passing better on grass. The biggest thing we need to work on is cutting to the ball. It doesn’t hurt as bad on grass, but when we get on turf; if we don’t cut it’s going to be ugly.”

The Huskies (2-2, 2-2) scored just over seven minutes into the contest when Kortlin Yetter stole the ball from a Colt defender and dished it to Daphne Snook, who ripped her shot into the back of the cage for the 1-0 lead. The Snook shot was the first of the game for Mifflin County.

“We did a lot of good things offensively — passing, cutting and that kind of stuff. Our defense came up big. We dominated most of the game,” Kanagy said. “That’s always comforting when we do that. I don’t have to worry every time the ball gets down to the 25 on their side. I get a little nervous when that happens. It’s so much easier of a game if we can just be happy and not have the ball down there.”

Mifflin County added an insurance goal at the 20:25 mark. Emily Shilling fired a shot on goal that Baylee Lepley deflected off her stick for the goal, giving the Huskies the 2-0 advantage with just under ten minutes left in the first half. The goal was Lepley’s third in four games.

Cedar Cliff, stymied by the Husky defense all game, didn’t get its first shot on goal until eight minutes left in the game.

“I think it had a lot to do with patience. I know after the first goal and especially the second, they were starting to get frustrated,” Kanagy said. “We kept our cool, stayed patient and smart, and picked up on all the little mistakes. Our defenders were able to pick it up and get it out of there. Our defense played exceptionally well today.”

Shilling led Mifflin County with three shots. Teammate Marcella Pupo collected two.

Natalie Rocuskie had two shots for the Colts.

Mifflin County out shot the Colts 7-3 and won the corners by an 8-5 margin. Selena Brenneman had three saves for the Huskies, while Kara Gorham stopped three for Cedar Cliff (1-2, 1-2).

The Huskies host District 6 and Mid-Penn Commonwealth rival State College on Friday.

“We needed to win these two games going into State College to have a good head on our shoulders coming into Friday,” Kanagy said. “We need to keep our momentum going against a tough State College team.”

Mifflin County 2, Cedar Cliff 0

First half

MC – Daphne Snook (Kortlin Yetter), 7:20; MC – Baylee Lepley (Emily Shilling), 20:25.

Shots: MC 7-3. Corners: MC 8-5. Saves: CC-3 (Kara Gorham); MC-3 (Selena Brenneman)