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Trojans have sweet day vs. Huskies

By JOSH YODER

Sports reporter

jyoder@lewistownsentinel.com

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County didn’t go down without a fight in its 4-1 loss to Hershey in a Mid-Penn Conference boys soccer game Thursday afternoon at Mifflin County Middle School.

For the vast majority of the first half, Hershey went right into the attack on the Mifflin County net. However the Huskies’ defensive line welcomed the challenge and held off the Trojans through the first 10 minutes of the match.

Defense turned to offense as the Huskies began pressing forward and putting pressure on the Hershey defense. Then eventually Henry Rivas went on the attack and stole the ball and quickly lobbed a cross pass over to a charging Alex Keller. Keller, who put his head on the ball and knocked in the first goal of the game.

“That was honestly one of the best goals I’ve ever seen Mifflin County soccer score hands down,” Huskies coach Keith Yoder said.

“One of the best goals I’ve ever seen. It was a beautiful cross and a great finish at the end by Alex Keller.”

The Trojans continued their assault on the Mifflin County net. But the Huskies refused to give in and stonewalled the Hershey offense for nearly forty minutes.

Eventually Hershey managed to break through the Mifflin County defensive line as Stefan Verbeek raced downfield and launched a cross pass to Joshua Fisher who scored with a header of his own to even the game at one apiece heading into the break.

The Mifflin County defense faced many shots in the opening half, but forced the Trojans into making tough shots.

But then in the second half Hershey finally got the offense rolling as three minutes into the final half, Jacob Moyer blasted a shot to the back net.

Few moments later, Verbeek scored on a penalty kick before Fisher scored his second goal of the game to finish off the game.

Despite this, the Huskies continued to pressure the Hershey offense forcing the Trojans to make some tough shots.

“I would say especially in the first half our guys were really working hard to deny shots. We had a game on Tuesday that didn’t really go so well in the second half. I was extremely excited as were the boys to be up 1-0 against a real quality opponent in Hershey and tied at halftime too. I mean our guys were really excited,” Yoder said.

“Hershey is a quality team and you know they were going to come out blazing and they did,” Yoder continued. “We’re getting better and I’m happy with their effort today and I know that the boys feel a lot better today than they did on Tuesday.”

Mifflin County (0-9) will look for win number one on Saturday as the Huskies travel to face Mifflinburg.

Hershey 4, Mifflin County 1

FIRST HALF

MC – Alex Keller (Henry Rivas), 31:02

H – Joshua Fisher (Stefan Verbeek), 2:45

SECOND HALF

H – Jacob Moyer, 37:08

H – Verbeek (PK), 35:39

H – Fisher, 20:29

Shots:

H 14-3

Corners:

H 8-1

Saves:

MC-10 (Seth Miles)

H-2

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