Moon scores twice to lead Eagle girls

SHINDLE — Mifflin County Christian got behind Brielle Moon who scored both goals in the Eagles’ 2-0 soccer victory over Centre County Christian Tuesday.

“The girls really played hard. This just goes to show everything we’ve been working on throughout the season is paying off,” Eagles coach Kirk Gentzel said. “They’ve played for a full 70 minutes and that’s the main thing. There have been games in the past where we get going, have some good moments and then they have some let downs but, they fought through it today and played an entire game.”

The Eagles came on early going right at the Centre County Christian net. For the majority of the first half Mifflin County Christian had control of the ball on the Bulldogs’ side of the field.

“We definitely had some nice looks early on we kept the pressure on we just couldn’t find a way to crack it,” Gentzel said. “But I’d told them when we came into halftime we just got to keep it up. We keep the pressure on and eventually you’re going to break through. Something is going to come in and they did it.”

But with 10:47 remaining in the frame Moon made her move attacking from the outside and sent in a cross shot past the Centre County Christian keeper to give Mifflin County Christian a 1-0 lead at the break.

“They were definitely pretty excited,” Gentzel said. “It’s definitely good to hop up on a team early — it builds confidence and that was definitely a great shot by Bri and it just made its way to the net.”

Things looked a little sluggish for the Eagles at the start of the second half as the Bulldogs went on the offensive but failed to capitalize.

Both teams struggled to get control of the ball as most of the battles came at midfield with neither really able to create any offense due to turnovers.

But the Eagles though eventually made opportunities with Leia and Cora Gentzel having chances to score. Both were stopped by the Bulldogs’ keeper.

But with just seven seconds remaining the game, Moon again with a cross put away the go-ahead goal for Mifflin County Christian.

“I thought they came out just a little slow from the get go in the second half,” Kirk Gentzel said. “We let them on our side a little too much but they stepped it up. They got a little bit stronger as the game went on and found a way to get that next goal and seal it so they fought hard.”

Mifflin County Christian (2-3) hosts Northumberland Christian on Thursday.

Mifflin County Christian 2, Centre County Christian 0

First half

MCCA– Brielle Moon,10:47

Second half

MCCA– Moon, 0:07

Shots: MCCA 12-8. Corners: CCC 5-3. Saves: MCCA-8 (Sara Reesman), CCC-10