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Lady Huskies outlast Line Mountain

By Kenny Varner
LEWISTOWN – Two of the local areas best field hockey teams met up Thursday afternoon as the Mifflin County Huskies battled the Tri-Valley League’s Line Mountain Eagles.
It proved to be a nail biter as the game was tied at one until late in the contest before the Mifflin County’s Daphne Snook would hit the second goal of the game with 4:41 left, giving the Huskies the victory.
“I thought we came out a little sluggish in the first half and even in the second half we also started a little sluggish. But our conditioning did help us,” Mifflin County coach Courtney Kanagy said. “They dominated the first half and even the beginning of the second half. Our conditioning did help us stay in the game. We had taken a time out and they came out and did everything we asked.”
In the first half, the Huskies relied early on its defense as Selena Breneman and her defensive back line was able to turn the Eagles’ away numerous times.
Despite posting six first half corner opportunities, the Eagles were sent backdown field frustrated as it could not find a crack in the defense to send an easy shot through.
Mifflin County would pick up the first break of the game.
After turning away Line Mountain, the Lady Huskies went right down the field and attacked the Eagles’ goalie Brooke Wilkinson. As the shots were being blasted at her, Wilkinson fended off two shots before the ball would roll right at the stick of Snook. Snook wasted no time at all sending it across the line and into the back of the cage, making it 1-0 with 22:07 left in the first half.
Line Mountain went back to work and tried to even things with the Huskies but time and time again the Eagles could not get a clean look or shot at the cage and when they did Breneman stopped at nothing to keep the game going without allowing a goal.
However, after knocking on the door for most of the first half, the Eagles were able to slip one past as Baylee Hawk picked up a deflection off Breneman and launched her shot to the top corner of the goal to knot things at one with 3:38 left in the half.
When the buzzer sounded marking the end of the first half, Mifflin County held the advantage in shots on goal at 9-6 while Line Mountain tallied a 6-3 advantage in corner opportunities. Breneman saves five while Wilkinson had six.
Line Mountain came out strong in the second half and for the first 10 minutes had the ball crammed down in the Mifflin County back-third, trying to pick up a goal to put them on top.
After a time out by Kanagy, Mifflin County started to pick up the tempo and push the ball deep down into the Eagles’ end.
As time ticked off the clock, the desperation to score on both sides added to the intensity of the game.
Mifflin County started to turn up the pressure late and kept coming at the Line Mountain goal Area.
Finally, with less than five minutes left, Snook once again picked up a goal, giving the Huskies some much needed space.
With the lead, Mifflin County’s defense was able to hold off the Eagles the rest of the way to hold onto the 2-1 victory.

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