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State College holds onto secure D6 title over MC in thriller

By Kenny Varner

HUNTINGDON – The defenses came ready for action.

For the third time this season, the MIfflin County and State College field hockey team met.

At stake, a District 6 title.

It was a very back-and-forth, thriller that wasn’t decided until late in the final minutes.

State College posted a goal in the first and two in the second to hold onto the victory, winning their fourth consecutive title 3-1 Thursday night at Juniata College.

Picking up the goals for the Lady Little Lions were Lizzie Paterno, Libby Fortin and Jocelin Kinsey.

MIfflin County’s lone goal came from the stick of Hailee Sheetz.

State College outshot MIfflin County 13-11 and held the advantage in corner opportunities 8-3.

The Lady Huskies goalie, Coletta Beeler tallied nine saves while State College keeper Bayla Furmanek had eight.

MIfflin County opened the game with the first possession of the game.

Pushing the ball deep into Little Lions territory as Jordi Attick had two quick shots at the State College goal.

State College reversed the field and on its first shot on goal put on in.

Paterno penetrated the circle and blasted a shot to the upper left corner of the cage, making it 1-0.

From there the two defenses took over as neither allowed any penetration by either team that would amount to a goal by either squad.

When the buzzer sounded for the intermission, the Little Lions still held the 1-0 advantage.

But the Huskies rallied back near the midway mark of the final period.

Hailee Sheetz blasted a shot the hit and ballooned over the goalie and into the cage.

After a quick conference by the official, the Huskies were back in the game, tying it at one with 18:34 left.

However, the Little Lions wasted little time taking back the lead as StateCollege marched directly downfield and forced a corner.

Less than two minutes later, State College took back the lead on a blast at a corner by Fortin, upping it to 2-1.

Despite their best efforts of trying to tie the game, State College’s defense stood tall, keeping MIfflin County at bay.

With the game winding down, State College added an insurance goal by  Kinsey to secure the game and give State College the District 6 title.

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