Seesaw tilts toward Lower Dauphin
Bickhart, Cubbison keep Huskies in game
LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County was able to clean up some of its sloppy-first half play on an even sloppier playing field Tuesday to tie its girls soccer game in the second half, but a pair of late Lower Dauphin goals did the Huskies no good in a 4-3 Mid-Penn Keystone loss to the Falcons.
Jessica Bickhart led the second half charge, scoring two of the Huskies’ three goals.
Her first goal came off a sliding kick right in front of the net, getting lower than Falcons’ goalkeeper Jami Schaefer.
Bickhart’s second goal occured in the game’s final two minutes as she took advantage of a one-on-one situation and worked her way down the field for the unassisted tally.
“When we Jess moving from side to side, up top, when she’s working for it, she’s one of the best there is,” Mifflin county coach Barrett Knepp said. “We just need to keep making her work hard and find ways to get her with the ball. When that happens, she can put them away.”
Kylee Cubbison scored the Huskies’ game-tying goal, an unassisted effort that showed the Huskies can move the ball around and work their way up the field.
“We did have some good ball movement today which is nice to see against a team like that,” Knepp said. “They’re an outstanding squad and we played well against them.”
The slippery field conditions didn’t favor the Huskies any as it was a common sight to see a girl slip on a kick or when caught up in a battle for ball possession, but it wasn’t much of a familiar sight for the Falcons.
“For some reason, it took our team a little longer to get used to (the conditions),” Knepp said. “It’s the same for both sides, but I’m not sure why we were slipping around the most there. Oonce we adjusted, we did quite well.”
Much of that led to the Falcons containing ball possession and sustaining drives down the field, keeping the Huskies on defense — especially in the first half.
Fortunately for goalkeeper Allyssa Schnell and the Huskies, many of the Falcons’ shots were well off target or directly to her.
Mayson Light was the only player to find the back of the net in the first half, the result of a corner kick.
It had former Juniata High School player Janessa Swartz — who now attends Lower Dauphin — saying to the Falcons’ bench “I have no idea how that went in.”
The ball looked as if it just hit off Light at the perfect angle to bounce into the left corner of the goal.
The Huskies had their hands full with Light as she struck again for the first goal of the second half with Schnell playing out of position, coming up for a play.
Then the Falcons again struck for consecutive goals late to take the lead for good.
Rachel Kerstetter found a way to get the ball past Schnell as the two had minor contact on the play.
Then Marissa Vandernick pulled Schnell to the right of goal and hit the left side for the what was the game-winning score.
The Huskies were held to just two shots in the first half with each coming roughly 30 minutes apart. They finished with nine.
Mifflin County travels to Mechanicsburg Thursday.
Lower Dauphin 4, Mifflin County 3
LD — Mayson Light, 29:36
LD — Light (Madison Zerbe), 31:40; MC — Jessica Bickhart (Madison Finkenbiner), 27:44; MC — Kylee Cubbison, 22:36; LD — Rachel Kerstetter (Marissa Vandernick), 16:23; LD — Vandernick, 13:40; MC — Bickhart, 1:57.
Shots: LD 18-9. Corners: LD 6-2. Saves: LD-6 (Jami Schaefer); MC-13 (Allyssa Schnell)