Mifflin County boys throttle Cougars
LEWISTOWN — They came to play.
Coming into Monday’s game against Harrisburg, Mifflin County coach Robert Lepley was looking for his Husky soccer team to have a total team effort.
Ross Cottrill and Reese Carter led the Huskies with two goals each.
The Mifflin County boys team dominated with the varsity playing in the first half and the junior varsity and reserves stepping up in the second stanza, defeating Harrisburg 9-1.
In the first, the Huskies plastered seven goals to take the convincing lead into the second.
“We had some focuses today that we wanted to work on and we did that. We are happy with the result,” Lepley said. “We don’t have a lot of time to think about it because we have CD East tomorrow.”
Early in the contest, the Mifflin County offense drove the ball deep into the back third of Harrisburg. The Huskies got two early corner kicks but they weren’t able to convert.
After keeping the pressure on the Cougars back line, Mifflin County broke on to the scoreboard.
Carter was able to slip the ball to Cottrill. Cottrill did not disappoint as he sliced it past Harrisburg goalie Graeme Patterson with 25:54 left in the half.
Mifflin County continued to pound the ball deep into the heart of the Harrisburg defense, just missing numerous close shots — sometimes by inches.
Harrisburg tried to push the ball back to the midfield but to no avail as Carter picked up his first goal on a Mifflin County rush of the Cougars’ net, upping it to 2-0.
Less than two minutes later, the Huskies were back on the board.
Damon Bailey became the third scorer for his team and helped start to give the home team some breathing room.
With just over 10 minutes left in the half, Carter got free again to get a shot off and sneaked it past a diving Patterson.
Thomas Remy upped it to 5-0 when he tickled the twine with 8:30 left.
A minute later, veteran Husky Serge Frolov got his name in the scorebook as he picked up a goal of his own.
Rounding out the first half scoring was a second by Cottrill as he bookended with his second goal of the game.
As the second half got underway, Lepley cleared the benches and gave his younger guys a time to shine.
And shine they did.
With no drop in effort, the Huskies were able to keep the pressure on and add two more goals.
Liam Noerr put the Huskies ahead by eight, posting a goal with 35:22 left in the game
Adam Clemson picked up the Huskies’ last goal of the game with 17:02 to play.
Harrisburg’s only goal came in a late penalty kick by Bhupesh Adhikari, ending it as a 9-1 contest.
Mifflin County outshot Harrisburg 28-12, and led in corners 10-1.
The Huskies are back in action today at home against CD East.
Mifflin County 9, Harrisburg 1
MC — Ross Cottrill (Reese Carter), 25:54; MC — Carter, 15:09; MC –Damon Bailey, 13:00; MC — Carter, 10:09; MC –Thomas Remy, 8:30; MC — Sergey Frolov, 7:31; MC — Cottrill 3:24.
MC — Liam Noerr, 35:22; MC — Adam Clemson (Dravin Ciccolini), 17:07; H — Bhupech Adhikari (PK), 5:11
Shots: MC 28-12. Corners: MC 10-1. Saves: H- 12 (Graeme Patterson); MC – 3 (Zach Burke, Gavin Ream).