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Six players, six goals toss Rams in opener

Sep. 3, 2016

Six players, six goals toss Rams in opener

Goal, two assists for Shilling in win

September 3, 2016
JOSH YODER - Sentinel sports (sports@lewistownsentinel.comLewistown Sentinel Save |         

LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County started the 2016 season off strong with a victory as six different players scored goals in a 6-1 rout of Central Dauphin in a Mid-Penn Commonwealth field hockey game on Friday.

"The first game is always important to win especially against a great team like Central Dauphin," Huskies coach Courtney Kanagy said. "They are one of the top two teams in the league so to come out and beat them right away gives (us plenty) of confidence. We've got a lot to work on but it is a huge win for us."

Things didn't start well for Mifflin County as the Rams came out very aggressively in the first half, attacking the Mifflin County goal. The Huskies struggled to get the ball away from the defensive circle but before five minutes ticked off the clock, Michala Butler scored for Central Dauphin.

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Mifflin County’s Daphne Snook, right, drives downfield while being defended by Central Dauphin’s Laura Rothschild in their Commonwealth Division game Friday in Lewistown.

It turned out to be the only time the visitors would get a ball past Selena Breneman all day.

The Rams' 1-0 lead seemed to awaken the Huskies as they returned the favor on Central Dauphin when Daphne Snook tied the game with Emily Shilling getting the assist.

Mifflin County continued to put pressure on the Rams, but just couldn't get the ball in the goal. Still, the Huskies managed to take the lead with 4:07 remaining after mad scramble in the Rams' circle. Marcella Pupo managed to sneak in and score an unassisted goal to give Mifflin County a 2-1 lead at halftime.

"I think they were nervous," Kanagy said. "When they scored we called time out, we came out stronger, they started talking to each other which is good. We were pretty bunched in the beginning - we reminded them to spread out and that made a huge difference in the game."

Mifflin County played the second half like a team on a mission. The Huskies settled in after Abigail Minck scoring the first goal of the second half in the first minute with help from Keni Kahley. Not long after that, Kahley got on the board with an assist from Shilling, making it 4-1.

Camryn Warnick joined in on the action scoring a goal with an assist from Snook with 10:26 remaining before Shilling scored the final goal for the Huskies.

The game ended with Shilling putting one in the goal and adding two assists. Snook and Kahley each had a goal and an assist.

It was also a strong day in goal for Breneman, who collected eight saves for the Huskies on nine shots.

"I think they came out like they were down," Kanagy said. "I think they did a good job with keeping the momentum going. The more we scored, the more confidence we got.

"Offensively, a lot of people stepped up," Kanagy continued. "Defensively, we've got some stuff to work on, but I think that people stepped up when needed to be."

Mifflin County (1-0, 1-0) hosts Cumberland Valley on Tuesday.




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