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MCCA girls fall to Centre County Christian

SHINDLE – On Thursday the Mifflin County Christian Academy girls’ team showed their improvement as they went head-to-head with the Centre County Christian Academy team that defeated the Eagles 6-0 in its first meeting on the road against the Bulldogs.

When the buzzer sounded the Lady Eagles gave the Bulldogs everything they could handle before falling, 4-2 at Mifflin County’s soccer field.

Picking up goal for Mifflin County Christian were Jade Hoffman and Victoria Moon.

The Eagles’ goalkeeper, Johanna Hoffman was quite busy throughout the game collecting 11 saves.

Morgan Bair led the Centre County offense, posting two goals while teammates Ashley Kerstetter and Allison Rossman added one goal each.

Mary Boggie was tough in goal stopping five Eagles’ shots.

“I think we have matured in the fact that they understand the game a little better,” Mifflin County head coach Aaron Harpster. “I think some of the girls have grown up, figuratively. They have toughened up a little bit.”

“That was our very first game and we weren’t mentally prepared and I think we came out prepared mentally for this game. Even though we came up a little short tonight I think we just kind of ran out of legs in the end.”

Mifflin County got off to the start they were hoping for, picking up the first points of the ball game.

Jade Hoffman broke free of her defenders and sent a screamer past the Centre County goalie, making it 1-0 with 29:05 left.

Centre County tied the game minutes later after.

After an aggressive possession by the Eagles, the Bulldogs Morgan Bair hit the first of her two goals on a breakaway shot at the 19-minute mark.

But Mifflin County showed its spunk near the end of the first half when the picked up goal number two thanks to a Victoria Moon goal, upping the Eagles into the lead 2-1.

As the half started to wind down to the 10-minute mark, the Bulldogs tied the game on a rocket shot by Ashley Kerstetter, ending the first half scoring at two each.

The two teams had similar stats as they went into the intermission. The Bulldogs held an 11-10 edge in shots and both tallied two corner opportunities in the period.

Centre County came out with the intensity in the second half, taking the ball into Eagles’ territory and not backing down.

However, it would be Moon that put the first shot on goal of the second half. It would be just one of the five shots that her team were able to muster the rest of the game.

Centre County took the lead for the first time as the clock wound down to the 15-minute mark.

Allison Rossman muscled her way into the Eagles’ back-third and fired a screaming liner that hit the back of the net, making it 3-2.

Less than two minutes later, Bair put the game on ice for the visitors as she blasted her second goal of the game, ending the score at 4-2.

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