Late goal lifts Mifflin County to victory

Daphne Snook scores twice in Huskies’ win

Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin County’s Daphne Snook, left, moves the ball down field after taking it away from Line Mountain’s Caitlin Keim Thursday afternoon at Highland Park.

LEWISTOWN — Two of the region’s best field hockey teams met Thursday afternoon as the Mifflin County Huskies battled the Tri-Valley League’s Line Mountain Eagles.

It proved to be a nail biter as the game was tied until late in the contest before the Mifflin County’s Daphne Snook hit her second goal of the game with 4:41 left, giving the Huskies a 2-1 victory.

“I thought we came out a little sluggish in the first half and even in the second half we also started a little sluggish. But our conditioning did help us,” Mifflin County coach Courtney Kanagy said. “They dominated the first half and even the beginning of the second half. Our conditioning did help us stay in the game. We had taken a time out and they came out and did everything we asked.”

In the first half, the Huskies relied early on its defense as Selena Breneman and her defensive back line was able to turn the Eagles away numerous times.

Despite posting six first-half penalty corner opportunities, the Eagles were sent back down the field frustrated as they could not find a crack in the defense to send an easy shot through.

Mifflin County picked up the first break of the game.

After turning away Line Mountain, the Huskies went right down the field and attacked Eagles’ goalie Brooke Wilkinson. As the shots were being hit her way, Wilkinson fended off two of them before the ball rolled right by her off the stick of Snook. Snook wasted no time at all sending it across the line and into the back of the cage, making it 1-0 with 22:07 left in the first half.

Line Mountain, the defending District 4 Class A champion, went back to work and tried to even things with the Huskies but time and time again the Eagles could not get a clean look or shot at the cage. When they did, Breneman stopped at nothing to keep the game going without allowing a goal.

However, after knocking on the door for most of the first half, the Eagles were able to slip one past as Baylee Hawk picked up a deflection and launched her shot to the top corner of the goal to knot things at one with 3:38 left in the half.

When the buzzer sounded marking the end of the first half, Mifflin County held the advantage in shots on goal at 9-6 while Line Mountain tallied a 6-3 edge in corner opportunities. Breneman had five saves while Wilkinson recorded six.

Line Mountain went out strong in the second half and for the first 10 minutes had the ball crammed down in the Mifflin County back third, trying to pick up a goal and the lead.

After a time out by Kanagy, Mifflin County started to pick up the tempo and push the ball deep down into the Eagles’ end.

As time ticked off the clock, the desperation to score on both sides added to the intensity of the game.

Mifflin County plays host to Shippensburg in a Mid-Penn interdivisional game Monday.

Mifflin County 2, Line Mountain 1

First Half

MC — Daphne Snook, 22:07; LM — Baylee Hawk, 3:38.

Second Half

MC — Snook, 4:41.

Shots: MC 25-10. Corners: MC 15-12. Saves: LM-17 (Brooke Wilkinson); MC-7 (Selena Breneman).