Mifflin County falls to Cedar Cliff, 3-0

Loss marks the first of the year for the Huskies

Sentinel photo by MATT STRICKER
Mifflin County's Hailee Sheetz, left, races Cedar Cliff's Mollie Fuller to the ball on Monday in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN – A bad first half spelled trouble for Mifflin County in a 3-0 Mid-Penn Commonwealth field hockey loss to Cedar Cliff on Monday afternoon.

The Colts (3-0, 2-0), who came into the contest out-scoring opponents 15-2, collected all three goals in the first half with Natalie Rocuskie getting two of those on a team-leading seven shots.

“We came out flat in the first half and Cedar Cliff is a great team. They have a great passing game and they are very aggressive to the ball,” Mifflin County coach Ashley Suydam said. “We got familiar with their style of play. We made some adjustments and played much better in the second half. We are a young team with only three seniors on the squad, so we are trying to rebuild this season. We’re going to go to practice, work hard and be ready for the next game.”

Cedar Cliff made it 1-0 a little over four minutes into the game when Rocuskie, a Division I commit to UMass-Lowell, received a crisp pass from Irene Zvorsky and put it into the bottom left side of the cage for the goal.

“They have several girls who are D1 commits. To play a team like that will only benefit us. The better teams we play the better we will be,” Suydam said. “I wasn’t thinking we were not going to lose a game this season. The good thing about losing is you’re able to see what adjustments you need to make and continue to work on. I’m not upset at all.”

The Colts made it 2-0 with 16:20 left in the first when Camille Cook, left unmarked on a corner, scored the goal on an assist from Julia Brenneman.

“They are a great team with their passing combinations. It was fun to watch them play. It was good for our girls to see that and to have a game like this,” Suydam said. “We marked so well in the circle against Central Dauphin. We didn’t mark Cedar Cliff as closely today, especially that second goal in the first half. We marked everyone in the second half.”

Cedar Cliff closed out the first half with an unassisted goal by Rocuskie with 9:20 left on the clock.

“We gave up a couple of goals that shouldn’t have been. Our mistakes in the circle hurt us but that happens,” Suydam said. “I’m pleased we came out, kept it close in the second half and had some scoring opportunities. We couldn’t connect on our chances.”

Chances came for Mifflin County (3-1, 1-1) in the second half, especially on crosses by Keni Kahley and Jordi Attick that barely missed their mark. The Huskies righted the ship in the final 30 minutes holding the Colts to four shots in the second half.

Suydam singled out several girls who had solid games for Mifflin County.

“Lydia Hidlay had another great game. She’s playing center-mid and this is the first she’s ever played it, so she’s in a new position,” Suydam said. “Keni Kahley is in a new position for us. She’s a senior and a great leader. Halle Kerstetter had a good game. She’s our left inner on that side. She was a great support for Hailee (Sheetz) hustling to the ball.”

Cedar Cliff won the shots (9-5) and the corners (4-3). Kira Gorham saved five shots for the Colts and Coletta Beeler turned aside four for the Huskies. Sheetz and Kahley had four shots each for Mifflin County.

The Huskies hosts District 6 rival State College on Wednesday.

“State College will be just as tough as Cedar Cliff. We need to make some of those adjustments and see how they come out and play. The girls are excited or it,” Suydam said.

Cedar Cliff 3, Mifflin County 0

Cedar Cliff 3 0 – 3

Mifflin County 0 0 – 0

First half

CC-Natalie Rocuskie (Irene Zvorsky), 25:47; Camille Cook (Julia Brenneman), 16:20; Rocuskie (unassisted), 9:20.

Shots: CC 9-5. Corners: CC 4-3. Saves: CC-5 (Kira Gorham); MC-4 (Coletta Beeler)