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LEWISTOWN – Throwback Tuesday?

For the first time since the merger of Indian Valley and Lewistown high schools there has been a prime time soccer showdown at Mitchell Field. Tuesday night the Mifflin County girls’ soccer team hosted Mid-Penn Commonwealth foe, Cedar Cliff.

It was also the Huskies senior night at the legendary field. Mifflin County recognized there six seniors; Bryce Papp, Haley Perdix, Kelsey Spicher, Sage Heckendorn and Kaitlyn Eckley.

However, the Lady Colts played the role of unfriendly guest on the night as they defeated the Huskies, 9-2 on a rainy night.

Despite the loss, the Huskies never gave up playing a very physical game with the visitors.

“Hats off to Cedar Cliff. They are a good team,” Mifflin County coach Trevor Eckley said. “Our kids never quit. They played hard and each game is a learning experience for us.”

The biggest loss on the night was not the on the scoreboard but who was in the goal area for the Huskies.

Veteran goalkeeper Heckendorn, who was having a strong game is goal, was injured going after a shot that was going toward the net. She was hit hard by a Cedar Cliff striker, sending her out of the contest at the 19:49 mark.

Mifflin County had goals in the first and second halves. Kaitlyn Eckley hit her teams first goal midway way through the first and Allison picked up hers with 8:01 left in the game.

Maci Russell and Lauren Esser led the scoring for the Lady Colts as they picked up two goals appiece.

Rounding out the scorers for Cedar Cliff were Olivia Shade, Lexa Dugan, Maddy Hindermyer, Tehya Hosey, Emily Esser.

Heckendorn in just 21 minutes of play, picked up five saves while her replacement, Mackenzie Bressler tallied 15.

Cedar Cliff had the advantage on shots on goal by a 36-12 margin while it also held a strong advantage in corner opportunities 15-1.

It took just one shot by the Lady Colts for the team to take the lead when Shade sailed a shot just over the outstretched arms of Heckendorn.

Mifflin County got the ball and took it down into the Lady Colts area but it was quickly brought back into the Huskies’ back-third.

But defensively, Mifflin County battled tooth and nail by its backfield and a very feisty play by Heckendorn in the goal.

Then on a very action-packed play at the net, Heckendorn went after a ball that was creeping toward her and dove. As she dove, she was hit by a Cedar Cliff player, sending her to the bench for the rest of the game.

On the play, Lauren Esser took the ball while Heckendorn was on the ground and put it in.

After play was halted and then resumed, an inspired Mifflin County team got the ball on the run to Kaitlyn Eckley. Eckley plastered a shot to the side of goal, cutting the Lady Colts lead to 2-1.

From there, the wheels fell off for the Huskies as Cedar Click was able to spread out the defense and attack the new goalie.

Bressler came out strong at first but the speed of the Lady Colts were too much for the young goalie.

After keeping Cedar Cliff off the board for almost 14 minutes, Maci Russell ended that as she picked up the ball and sent it home for the team’s third goal of the game.

However, they weren’t done yet as the Lady Colts added goals by Dugan and Russell to take a 5-1 advantage at the intermission.

Being behind by six with eight minutes to go, Allison made her way through the Cedar Cliff defense and blasted a rocket at the goal, making it 7-2.

But it wasn’t enough as the Lady Colts went on to the 9-2 victory.

Cedar Cliff was also successful in the Junior Varsity contest, 4-0.

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