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Huskies play tough defense but falls to CV

LEWISTOWN – It was offense against defense at the Mifflin County High School sports complex Thursday night for a meeting of two Mid-Penn Commonwealth rivals.

The Mifflin County boys’ soccer team opened its home portion of their season and for almost two full halves, the Huskies defense held Cumberland Valley to just a lone first half goal.

Unfortunately for Mifflin County, the Eagles came alive in the final 15 minutes of the game, posting three unanswered goals en route to 4-0 victory.

“Our goal at the beginning of the day was to keep Cumberland Valley to the outside. We wanted to pack the middle and just use the field and the width to our advantage,” Mifflin County coach Robert Lepley said. “Going along with game plan we wanted to frustrate them, be patient, play good defense and wait for a good opportunity to present itself. There were a couple of opportunities that did present itself but we couldn’t capitalize on it.”

Early on Cumberland Valley led its first offensive charge downfield, resulting in the games first corner opportunity. Despite having been pressured early, the Huskies defense was ready for action and thwarted the first shot opportunity that the Eagles delivered.

Minutes later, Cumberland Valley picked up its second corner but like the first, Mifflin County turned the Eagles away empty handed.

Mifflin County goalkeeper, Noah Fisher, stepped up and kept corner number three by Cumberland Valley from becoming the first Eagle goal by snatching a shot out of the air.

Fisher had 20 saves on the afternoon.

“Noah played well. He is still learning. Its fast. We have some positioning issues we have to work with but compared to last season he has improved in massive amounts” Lepley said. “He is doing well for us. I just want him to know his a good goalkeeper and he is our go-to guy in the back.”

Defensively, nothing got past the veteran goalie and his defensive backs as the Huskies clogged the lanes. Shot after shot, run after run, the Huskies had an answer for all the Eagles could kick at them.

As the game went down into its final minutes of the first half, Cumberland Valley found a crack in the Huskies’ defense and picked up its first goal.

With 3:00 left in the half, Riley Katsir picked up a pass from teammate Sebastian Kelly and snuck it past Fisher, making it 1-0.

The goal did not dishearten the Huskies as they held the Eagles at bay for the final three minutes going into intermission trailing by one.

In the second half, Mifflin County stepped up its intensity even further and continued to plug up the holes and keep the Eagles from getting a clean shot on the goal.

As time went on, the Huskies’ offense started to take it over the momentum.

However, it was short lived when the Cumberland Valley defense came up strong when its name was called.

With 12 minutes left in the game, the Eagles picked up its much-needed insurance goal. Katshir picked up his second goal of the game thanks to a pass from Jack Abom.

The visitors added two more goals in the final minutes to walk away with the 4-0 victory.




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