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Huskies top SC in D6 title OT thriller

Lady Huskies win in overtime 2-1 for District 6 title

 

STATE COLLEGE – Let the celebration begin for the new two-time champions!

It was a rivalry that took anther turn in the short history of the Centre County/Mifflin County match ups.

The Third time was a charm for the Mifflin County girls field hockey team this time around as they split the regular season series with the Little Lions at one.

First time around, Mifflin County picked up the home win and in the second game State College took its contest on its home turf.

As the ball dropped on the District 6 Class AAA championship, the Little Lions held the home field advantage in route to hoping to pick up the victory.

But not on this night as the two legendary teams took their contest into an overtime period with Mifflin County coming out the victors of a 2-1 victory.

Opening the game, State College took the early momentum and was forcing the ball down in the Mifflin County end. Going right to work, the Little Lions picked up first two corners in the early minutes.

Mifflin County had a rough time early on getting its offense up and going as they were forced in its end for much of the first 10 minutes of the game.

Eventually, the Huskies were able to get the outside speed game going, evening the playing field as the first half went to the halfway point of the opening period

Things didn’t look so good for the Huskies late in the first half after a State College goal.

With 3:45 left until the intermission, State College’s Anna Reapsome picked up a pass from teammate Paige Melly and sent it past Mifflin County Karilyn Elder, giving the Little Lions a 1-0 advantage.

For Mifflin County, it would be the last time the ball would get past Elder.

After giving up the goal, the Huskies were not going to let the deficit bother them as they rolled down the field and got the ball into the back third of State College.

Less than a minute later, Mifflin County found itself with a one-on-one penalty showdown with Grace Wagner stared down State College goalkeeper Shelby Querry for a chance to tie the game.

After forcing Querry to make an early commitment, Wagner labled a shot that tied the contest and had Mifflin County breathing a sigh of relief heading into the halftime period, tied at one.

In the second period, both teams turned up the intensity level two notches as it was a period of back and forth transition offenses, tough defenses and even tougher defensive saves.

What seemed so appropriate with the way the two were playing that the game would go into an extra “Sudden Death” overtime period.

Even with the extra minutes, the two almost made it a second overtime period as the game got under the 10-minute mark.

However, Mifflin County posted the game winner when the Huskies drove quickly down field. Aquick pass from Kezia Loht to Emma Aumiller. Aumiller ended the game with the blast past the State College, making it a 2-1 hard fought victory.

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