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Wildcats top Huskies in girls soccer action

By Kenny Varner
LEWISTOWN – Despite falling behind early 3-0 in the opening period, the Mifflin County girls soccer team played with heart throughout the contest before falling 6-2 to a scrappy Mechanicsburg team.
Mifflin County was led in the scoring department by Jess Bickhart who posted both the Huskies goals on the night netting one in each half.
Allyssa Schnell played strong at times in goal, finishing with six saves on the night.
The Wildcats got two goals apiece from Megan Schrass and by teammate Isabelle Martin both notched a goal in both stanzas.
Mechanicsburg goalie Lindsey Costello finished with five saves on the night while Mifflin County held advantage on shots on goal (14-11) and corner opportunities (4-3) on the evening.
“We started off tough. We were on our toes. We were ready to go. We weren’t sitting back on our heels and watching what was coming at us,” Mifflin County coach Jeremy Herwig said. “We had our opportunities but it came down to them finishing and us not. We played tough just couldn’t finish.”
The Huskies took the opening possession and went right at the heart of the Wildcats’ defense. In the process, Mifflin County was able to pull off two quick corner opportunities but each time was turned back.
On Mechanicsburg’s first shot at the Mifflin County goal, they were able to come out with a goal.
Schrass plastered a midrange shot that sailed just above the fingertips of a jumping Schnell, making it 1-0 after seven minutes of play.
Mifflin County was once again able to push the ball down into the Wildcats’ back-third but again was unsuccessful in slipping a shot past Lindsey Costello.
Fifteen minutes into the game the Wildcats upped their lead to 2-0 when Marin slipped a shot into the corner of the goal.
Four minutes later, Arabella Simpson put her team up by three as she finished a One-on-one breakaway with a shot past Schnell.
But the Huskies would end the period on a bright note as Bickhart tickled the twine late in the period, cutting the lead to 3-1.
However, in the second half Martin up the Wildcats advantage once again to three plastering a screamer past Schnell.
Minutes later, Bickhart cut the lead in half once again as she slid a spinner past Costello, putting her team back into the thick of things at 4-2.
However, that would be as close as the Huskies would get as Martin and teammate Caroline Fea hit shots late in the contest to ice the game for the Wildcats.

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