Hundredth for Hailee
Huskies’ Sheetz hits scoring mark
LEWISTOWN — Talk about your storybook ending: Down a goal after a quarter thanks to a momentary lapse by what had, to that point, been a hard-charging Mifflin County offense, the Huskies tied the game midway through the final stanza and in 7-on-7 overtime found the cage one more time to defeat Mid-Penn Commonwealth and District 6 rival State College, 2-1, in field hockey Wednesday.
Not only that, but the assist on the final goal in the final game of the Huskies’ regular season saw Hailee Sheetz register her 100th career point with the assist.
The two split the season, and they will meet again — Monday at Bald Eagle Area in the District 6 play-in game with the winner advancing into the District 3 Class 3A tournament.
The victory ends the Huskies’ regular season at 8-9-1.
The two teams, all too familiar to one another, battled Wednesday when State College visited. It took almost four and a half periods to do it but the Huskies battled back from the early deficit to defeat the Little Lions in another exhausting thriller between the two.
Hailee Sheetz, who was hurt in the fourth, came back in the game in overtime, giving the Huskies the morale booster they needed.
With 10:49 showing in the overtime period, Mifflin County had a barrage of hits in front of the State College cage. The ball came to Sheetz and she proceeded to find an open Adria Hartzler who buried game-winning blast.
With the assist, Sheetz put her name in Mifflin County lore.
“This season we had a few games we were down one or two goals and came back to actually win. This is something the team does very well,” Mifflin County coach Ashley Suydam said. “Despite being down, we were able to push through. It’s tough, we are missing two of our starters that are probably going to be out the rest of the season so we had to adjust. We have a freshman goalie in. All the girls have pushed hard and worked together. They are doing exactly what we are asking.”
Early on, the Huskies pushed the ball into the Little Lions’ side of the field but State College goalie Molly Schreiner held the Huskies at bay, turning them away on numerous occasions early on.
State College shifted the field late in the first quarter and reversed the pressure. It looked as though the game would be a scoreless tie going into the second as the clock dropped to below a minute.
However, State College worked its way inside and Rachel Foster smoked an unassisted goal with 49 seconds left.
In the second period, both teams exchanged run after run at each other but defenses were up for the task, heading into the intermission with State College ahead by one.
Coming out of the intermission, Mifflin County came out on a mission. The Huskies took ahold of the tempo and started to move down the field more often and in longer spurts.
Despite neither team scoring in the third, there was a feeling the tide was turning in the Huskies’ favor.
In the fourth, Mifflin County continued playing at a faster pace, pounding the ball down into State College’s circle.
A blast by field general Monica Druckenmiller soared to the bottom corner of the box, tying the game and possibly changing the entire outlook on both sides.
Late in the game, Sheetz was hurt in a big scuffle for the ball at the State College cage. She was helped up and stayed out for a breather.
In overtime, after coming back onto the field and taking the initial ball down to the State College territory, Sheetz showed her will power.
Minutes later she would get the ball and send it to Hartzler for the win.
“She wanted to come on and that’s just a testament to who she is, how hard she works and how much she loves the game,” Suydam said. “We are very proud of Hailee for this accomplishment.”
Mifflin County and State College will meet again Monday at Bald Eagle Area to see who will advance into the district bracket. Going into this game, the Huskies were ranked 15th in District 3 Class 3A and State College ninth, but the District 6 winner is guaranteed a spot in the 12-team bracket.
Mifflin County 2, State College 1 (OT)
SC 10 00 0 — 1
MC 00 01 1 — 2
SC — Rachel Foster, 0:49.
MC — Monica Druckenmiller, 8:33.
MC — Adria Hartzler from Hailee Sheetz, 10:49.
Shots on goal: MC 13-5. Corners: MC 9-6. Saves: MC-2 (Maddie Norman).