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Zimmerman, Mifflin County boys team holds undefeated Palmyra to just two goals

By Kenny Varner

LEWISTOWN – Moral victories can be found in wins or losses.

Such was the case for the Mifflin County boys soccer team who welcomed in undefeated and one of the toughest teams in the Mid-Penn in Palmyra.

Though the Huskies didn’t get the upset win against the Cougars, what they did get was one strong effort by its defense.

Mifflin County allowed only two goals in the contest as they fell 2-0.

But the “Purple and Black” Attack had the Cougars frustrates for much of the night.

Goalie Conner Zimmerman was strong in the net, posting 19 saves.

“We have a very young core of players that stepped up tonight. At one point we only had one senior on the field,” said Mifflin County coach Robert Lepley. “They played well and did everything they were asked to do tonight.”

In the first half, Palmyra took the momentum and pounded the in the heart of the Mifflin County back-third.

But the Huskies were able to weather the storm for much of the first half.

However, with 2:45 left in the first, the Cougars Matt Hines got in the middle of the goal area and sent a header in, making it the only goal of the first half.

Going into the intermission, the deficit would stay at one for the home team.

When the two teams came out of the second half, the Huskies didn’t get a chance to settle in before Palmyra would sneak in another one.

This time Evan Wasilefsky hit an unassisted goal at 38:48 in the second to give his team an insurance goal.

There would be no more goals handed out as the Huskies’ defense stood tall and time after time left the Cougars heading back down the field empty handed and frustrated.

Even though they didn’t get the win, the young squad can hold their hat on knowing how they shut down a very potent Cougar offense.

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