Huskies control play, can’t score in tie
Mifflin County posts 19-4 edge in shots
LEWISTOWN–The Mifflin County field hockey dominated in every aspect of the game except the scoreboard on Wednesday afternoon, playing to a scoreless tie with the Carlisle Thundering Herd in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth game at Mifflin County High School.
Despite generating 15 corners, the Huskies were kept off the scoreboard as Carlisle’s goalkeeper Olivia Renault made 15 saves in the victory. Mifflin County had 19 shots, most of which kicked off the pad of Renault or went just wide of the cage.
The Huskies generated a few chances in the overtime period, but Carlisle put together more quality scoring chances in the extra session. Carlisle had all five of its corner opportunities in the fourth quarter and overtime but were unable to score on just four shots. Mifflin County’s Coletta Beeler was sharp when she needed to be, navigating the Carlisle shot attempts with ease.
Mifflin County coach Ashley Suydam was pleased with the effort, but was disappointed in the result.
“We really did dominate but we weren’t able to connect in the circle, there was a lot of swinging and missing,” Suydam said. “That was frustrating. We didn’t look bad and I wasn’t displeased with how we played, but I think that if we could have connected on just a few of those it would have made the difference.”
The Huskies (2-1-1, 1-1-1 Commonwealth) midfield generated multiple opportunities for the offense as Lydia Hidlay was dominant at times in transition. Morgan Kaniecki and Monica Druckenmiller also played a strong role in getting the ball forward to Hayley Corson and Hailee Sheetz to set up scoring chances.
“Our passing was definitely better and I felt like our links were connecting better with our forwards and that was what we lacked in our first two games. We have moved some people around and do a little bit more of an offensive push and have even tried to get our defense to push up more which has created some more opportunities for us. We just couldn’t finish.”
Carlisle (3-6) had a few chances late, including a breakaway opportunity that was stuffed out by Mifflin County’s Abby Moon. The overtime period quickly turned into a track meet as the ball went up and down the field. Mifflin County’s Adria Hartzler had a good chance in front of the net as the final seconds ticked off but was unable to convert.
“Everyone was just tired,” Suydam said. “They literally just ran out of gas. They played hard and I’m not displeased with how they played. We just couldn’t finish. I’m glad we didn’t lose but I don’t love a tie either.”
Mifflin County’s best chance to score came in the fourth quarter as Kaniecki delivered a beautiful pass to Corson who was standing at the far post, but was unable to chip the ball past Renault for the goal with 11:21 left in the fourth quarter. Hidlay had a good scoring opportunity in the third quarter that ticked just wide of the cage with 2:20 left in the frame.
One other quality chance in the first half transpired when Sheetz was stopped in the center of the circle by a diving Renault, who then stood strong to block the rebound shot by Sheetz, resulting in a scrum and eventually a Mifflin County corner.
Overall, Suydam was pleased and hopes that the Huskies can have some momentum from the chances they generated in order to find the back of the cage against rival State College. Suydam hopes that the team can shake off some of the early season rust against the Little Lions.
“We played better than we did Saturday and again we are still getting back into it since this was only our fourth game of the season after being out for several weeks,” Suydam said. “We got some girls that are fighting injuries. Tomorrow we have State College and it’s there so it’s transitioning back to turf. Going back from grass to turf can be tough.”
Mifflin County 0, Carlisle 0 (OT)
MC 0 0 0 0 0–0
C 0 0 0 0 0–0
Shots: 19-4, MC. Corners: 15-5, MC. Saves: MC–Coletta Beeler 4; C–Olivia Renault 15.