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Mifflin County girls fall in home opener



LEWISTOWN – Posting a team of mostly young players, the Mifflin County Huskies showed strong signs of things to come this season.

However, playing in the always-tough Mid-Penn Division, their opponents put together a complete game and spoiled the Huskies’ home opener.

Carlisle’s Sarah Reidy led the way for the Thundering herd with two goals in a rain shortened 6-0 affair Tuesday night at the Mifflin County High School sports complex.

Kirstyn Sokolsky picked up a goal and an assist on the night while Georgia Watkins, Mallory Ranck and Sarah Raphael also posted lone goals in the victory.

One bright spot for Mifflin County on the night was the goalkeeper plays by Sage Heckendorn. Heckendorn finished the opening contest with 15.

From the beginning of the game, Carlisle took control of the ball, pushing it directly into the Huskies’ back-third.

Early on, the Mifflin County defense kept the Thundering Herd from trampling in the goalie box.

Mifflin County took a quick run down the field but the Carlisle defense collapsed down on the offensive end of Mifflin County.

After shutting down the quick change of possession, the Thundering Herd went right back to work offensively again pushing the ball at the Mifflin County defensive end.

Geogia Watkins had the first shot of the game but it went for not.

However just minutes later, the Thundering Herd found a seam in the Mifflin County defense and took advantage of it.

With 34:11 left in the first half, Mallory Ranck blasted an unassisted shot that scooted past Heckendorn for the game’s first score.

Mifflin County sealed the hole in the defense temporarily and stood strong.

Despite Carlisle’s offensive pressure, the Lady Huskies were able to hold off the Thundering Herd unitl the final 15 minutes of the first half.

Heckendorn’s work was non stop as he dove, jumped and battled to keep the ball game at 1-0.

For about 10 minutes, Mifflin County started to slowly take the momentum and started to push the ball deep into Carlisle territory.

Mifflin County was able to rally for four corner opportunities which helped provide the young Huskies with four shots on goal as well.

Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Thundering Herd was able to score and score in a hurry, pushing in two goal within four minutes of each other.

Already leading 1-0, Sarah Reidy  made it 2-0 when she hustled her way downfield thanks to an unassisted goal at the 13:22 mark.

Just under 10 minutes left in the half, Sarah Raphael picked up a perfect pass from teammate Sarah Pavolich and sent it home with 9:59 showing, upping the lead to 3-0.

In the first half, the Thundering Herd led in shots by a 12-4 margin. They held the advantage in corner opportunities with a 4-3 tally. Heckendorn saved seven.

Things didn’t fare much better for the home team in the second half as the Thundering Herd and the thunder and lightning put the game to a premature end.

Picking up goals in the second half were Kirstyn Sokolsky with an unassisted goal at the 37:17 mark, Reidy from Sokolsky at 36:09 and finally Georgia Watkins from Ali Richards, 26:54, making it a final score of 6-0.



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