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Strohecker shines in Huskies’ romp

Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER
Mifflin County's Leah Bickert (9) battles Central Dauphin East's Emily LaSalla (12) for possession Tuesday afternoon in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN–An Aubrey Strohecker hat trick carried Mifflin County past Central Dauphin East, 6-0, in a Mid-Penn conference girls soccer contest on Tuesday afternoon at Mifflin County Middle School.

The Huskies celebrated their two seniors Gabi Clark, Bryn Kanagy at Mifflin County’s home opener.

“It’s good to be in the win column,” Huskies coach Barrett Knepp said. “It was a good win for sure.”

The weather provided some challenges for both teams as heavy rain led to poor field conditions.

“It was a little sloppy at times because of it,” Knepp said. “But overall we held it together and got it done when we needed to.”

Just like the rain, the Mifflin County offense was relentless as the Huskies pressured Panthers’ goalkeeper Kayla Proch.

Strohecker went on the attack earlier in the opening half with a one-on-one opportunity but the shot was caught by Proch. Lily Yoder then had a chance to put points on the board but lost control of the ball. Strohecker again had a one on one but again was cut off by Proch. Strohecker then created a major opportunity for Mifflin County moving the ball over to Yoder but the shot went wide right.

Eventually the pressure became too much for Central Dauphin East as Yoder found an open Brynn Knepp who blasted the ball in to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead.

Then with just under 10 minutes to play in the half, Strohecker launched an 18-footer that ricocheted off of Proch and landed to Yoder, who tapped it in to make it 2-0 at the break.

It was more of the same in the second half as Mifflin County refused to allow Proch time to breathe as the Huskies stormed the net with the trio of Strohecker, Yoder and Knepp each creating opportunities to score but just could not capitalize.

Then with 31 minutes remaining, Yoder scored her second goal of the game. Much like her first goal, the ball bounced back to her before placing it in the back of the net. Mifflin County made a easy night for goalkeeper Bailey McNitt who only faced one shot on goal for the entire game while the Huskies had 24 shots on goal.

“We did good on the attacking end and we left a couple through that shouldn’t have gone through,” Knepp said. “Gave them a couple chances that I didn’t like to see but overall the attack was really good.”

In the final 25 minutes Strohecker show as she scored the final three goals for Mifflin County, all of which were unassisted.

“Aubrey, she is a work horse, doesn’t matter what game it is,” Knepp said. “She works really hard.”

With the win, Mifflin County moves up to (1-2, 1-1) and will look to keep momentum when it faces Mechanicsburg on Thursday.

Mifflin County 6, Central Dauphin East 0

CDE 0 0-0

MC 2 4-6

Goals: Aubrey Strohecker 3, Lily Yoder 2, Brynn Knepp. Assists: Yoder. Shots: MC 24-1. Corners: MC 5-2. Saves: MC-1 (Bailey McNitt), CDE-18 (Kayla Proch)

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