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State College tops Mifflin County, 9-1

LEWISTOWN – As the post season quickly approaches, Mifflin County met with a potential play off foe and Mid-Penn Commonwealth rival State College.

On this night, the Little Lions scored early and often in the first 10 minutes to take home an 8-2 victory, spoiling the Huskies last home game of the season.

“I played some players sparingly as did State College. I think what tonight boiled down to was two goals got in early and when you get two goals in that early it just deflated us,” Mifflin County coach Travis Eckley said. “From there it was just lets go out there and have fun. At halftime the girls said they didn’t want to show them anything before districts. So I told them I would hold them to that. The two and three goals that went in early just deflated us.”

State College striker Haley Crawford was active all afternoon finishing with a hat trick and an assist in the victory.

Mifflin County’s Kaitlyn Eckley picked up the Huskies’ lone goal of the game, posting that at the 26:22 mark.

However, the night started swiftly for the Little Lions’ as they scored only 20 seconds in when Crawford took the ball downfield and caught Mifflin County Mackenzie Bressler leaning the wrong way as she hit the corner of the goal for the early 1-0 lead.

Before they knew what them, the Huskies found themselves down 2-0.

With 36:41 still showing on the first half clock, Rachel Chambers put State College up 2-0 with a shot to the side of the net.

Mifflin County’s offense could not get going as the Little Lions continued to pound at the Huskies’ goal.

Minutes later, State caught the defense off guard again. With still 32 minutes left in the half, Lauren Anderson picked up a kick from Crawford and finished things off with a header in the goal, upping the lead to a commanding 3-0 advantage.

Less than four minutes later, Peyton Porter picked up yet another insurance goal, blanking MC 4-0 at that time.

But the Huskies were determined not to get shut out.

With only seconds ticked off the clock, Eckley rushed the goalkeeper and blocked her kick, sending it directly backwards and into the State College goal, cutting it to 4-1.

Things didn’t get much better for Mifflin County on the afternoon as the Little Lions were back on the scoreboard yet again in the opening half.

Molly Pate’s blazing shot at the goal, upped the lead to four once again.

As time was running out in the half, State College put itself in great posisition, thanks to a Saede Eifrig goal with four minutes left.

When the two teams went into the intermission, State College led in shots on goal by 20-7 and also had the advantage in corner opportunities by a 2-0 margin.

Goalkeeper Bressler tallied 10 saves while State College’s goal keeper, Caitlyn Fosnacht had two.

However, two-second half goals by Crawford and one by teammate Sarah Scott were too much for any Husky comeback.

Mifflin County will be back in action on Thursday when it plays at Mifflinburg.



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