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Fantastic finish

Mummah buries winner as Juniata edges Mifflin County

Sentinel photo by MIKE GOSS
Juniata’s Hailey Mummah, center, is hugged by her teammates after scoring the game winning goal in overtime over Mifflin County Wednesday in Mifflintown. Looking on at left is Mifflin County’s Leah Bickhart (39).

MIFFLINTOWN — After allowing the tying goal late in the game, the Juniata girls soccer team got a spectacular goal off the foot of Haley Mummah, with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to down Mifflin County, 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in Mifflintown.

“They played a good game today, we have been struggling we dropped a couple games we were right in, we lost two overtime games earlier this season and it was frustrating, but this is the grit we needed,” Indians coach Garrick Paden said. “Very happy with the way we played. This is the best soccer we played in a while.”

The game started off quick with each team having chances to score early in the contest. The Huskies offense went on the attack early, but was met with a strong answer by the Indians defense.

Early on Juniata goalie Hailey Kepner was on a roll making save after save. Kepner fended off an early shot from the Huskies with a kick save, keeping things scoreless for the time. Juniata was looking to get behind the Huskies defenders early, but a few rushes were halted by offside calls.

Toward the middle of the first half, the action calmed down as both teams could not seem to get to far beyond midfield before losing possession of the ball. The game remained scoreless deep into the half. As time wound down, the Indians were starting to get things rolling offensively and finally broke through the Huskies defense.

Sentinel photo by MIKE GOSS
Mifflin County’s Ella Kammerer, left, and Juniata’s Amelia Smith collide fighting for possession of the ball Wednesday in Mifflintown.

Mummah got a ball over the Mifflin County defense, centering it for teammate Regan Lowery who drove it home and put the Indians ahead 1-0 with just 2.5 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Huskies did not go away easily. Mifflin County came out strong in the second half, pushing the pace early and often. Lily Yoder had a shot to even things up when Kepner deflected the ball off the goalpost and out of harm’s way. Kepner finished the night with eight saves for the Indians.

It wasn’t long after that, though, that Mifflin County finally evened the score. With 24:42 remaining in the game Sarah Henry worked through the Indians defenders and put one in the net, tying the game at 1-1.

However, the score wouldn’t be tied much longer. Six minutes later Ashlyn Pannebaker put the Indians back on top 2-1. With both teams now firing on all cylinders, shots were coming in waves for the Huskies as they tried to force overtime. With 12:51 left on the clock Mifflin County’s Kate Bickhart scored to even the score once more and send the game to overtime.

At the start of the OT period, the Huskies tried to end things right away, firing a shot that went wide. Again the action died down in the middle of the overtime. With a second overtime period looming and less than one minute left in the period, Juniata had a shot saved by Mifflin County goalkeeper Bailey McNitt, but her save sent the ball off the crossbar and back out in front of the net.

Mummah was in the right place at the right time and buried the chance with 30 seconds remaining in the overtime to give her team the win.

“We played OK in spells,” Mifflin County coach Barrett Knepp said. “But passes to the wrong team, touches took them right back to the wrong team. It just wasn’t our day.

“But there were spells where we put it together, when Bickhart made the run forward from the center back and scores thats always nice to see, when we put some passes together we had Brynn (Knepp) and Lily (Yoder) making some nice give-and-gos that led to the first goal. We just didn’t have enough of them.”

Juniata 3, Mifflin County 2 (OT)

First half

J–Regan Lowery (Haley Mummah), 2.5

Second half

MC–Sarah Henry, 24:42

J–Ashlyn Pannebaker, 18:06

MC–Kate Bickhart, 12:51

Overtime

J–Haley Mummah, 30.5

Shots: MC 10-8. Corners: J 1-0. Saves: J 8 (Hailey Kepner), MC 5 (Bailey McNitt).

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