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Huskies top rival Little Lions in field hockey action

By Kenny Varner
LEWISTOWN – The rivalry has once again begun.
Since the merger of the Indian Valley and Lewistown high schools, each year it seems the Mifflin County field hockey team and State College team has been battling each year for bragging rights and most importantly a DIstrict 6 title. In their first meeting since State College took the title away from the previous reigning champions, the two met up to once again renew old acquaintances and battle once again in the road through the always tough Mid-Penn Conference as well.
Playing on the Huskies own field, Mifflin County blasted two first half goals and then held onto a 2-1 advantage throughout the second half en route to the hard fought, physical and nail biting contest.
State College opened with the first possession but quickly turned it over to a very tough defensive backfield.
Mifflin County managed to take its first drive a push it into the circle, immediately putting pressure on State College goalie Grace Biddle.
Biddle was up for the challenge stopping the Huskies first two shots.
However, the third time was a charm when Kortlin Yetter battled through and snuck on past the Little Lions goalie, making it 1-0 with 22:03 left in the half.
Mifflin County controlled the tempo in the half, allowing minimal looks at the Huskies’ goal.
When the Little Lions did they were met by the strength of Mifflin County goalie Serena Breneman.
After holding State College at bay for most of the opening half, Mifflin County added some insurance late in the period.
With 7:08 left, Lydia Hidlay battled to push the second goal through, giving her team a 2-0 going into the intermission.
At the end of the half, Mifflin County led on the scoreboard and with shots on goal (11-4) and in corner opportunities (5-1).
In the second half, the tide started to turn. State College cane out aggressively and started to pound the balk down into Mifflin County back-third. After eight consecutive unanswered corner opportunities, State College was able to cut it to one.
Ava Whitlock slammed a shot to the corner of the cage with just more than 20 minutes left, cutting it to 2-1.
However, both teams put their best defensive effort on the field and the ball went back and forth but neither could squeeze another goal through the grasp of the tough play of both goals.
So after a hard fought match, Mifflin County scratched and clawed it was to a 2-1 victory.

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