SELINSGROVE - Mifflin County and one of its predecessors have struggled in the Selinsgrove Turf Fest, a field hockey tournament that draws some of the best teams in the state - including the host.
Add the Huskies to the best column - Sam Peters had a first-half hat trick against the host Seals Saturday, and Whitney Strohecker scored the game winner with 90 seconds on the clock in a 4-3 win in Mifflin County's opener at this year's event. The second game was not as nice for the locals, who gave up seven goals in a shutout against Crestwood as that school delivered the 600th career win for coach Elvetta Gemski.
"I was incredibly happy with our game against Selinsgrove," Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said. "They went out and played hard. We had a nice passing game. When the score was tied they were able to find a way to score to beat them."
Strohecker assisted on two of Peters' goals, sharing that duty with Kezia Loht on a successful corner late in the first to maintain a lead at the break. Loht also delivered the ball to Strohecker for the final tally.
Selinsgrove, which led in shots and penalty corners, kept it tight with a goal in the final seconds of the first half and then tied the game just minutes into the second.
The Husky JVs dropped both their games, 4-0 to Crestwood and 3-0 to Selinsgrove.
Mifflin County (2-2) travels to Cumberland Valley today.
Midd-West 1, Warrior Run 0
MIDDLEBURG - Candace Hackenberg scored the only goal of the game as Midd-West won a Heartland Conference interdivisional field hockey game against Warrior Run, 1-0 Saturday.
Hackenberg scored on a feed from Katelyn Walter late in the first period. Mikayla Freed stopped all eight shots she faced for the Mustangs.
Midd-West (2-1) hosts Selinsgrove Tuesday.
Juniata 4, Millersburg 1
MIFFLINTOWN - Christen Baublitz scored the first goal and the last for Juniata, which won its second game in as many days with a 4-1 Tri-Valley League girls soccer decision over Millersburg Saturday.
Janelle Swartz had a goal and an assist in the game, and Carly Burns added two helpers.
"We like to spread it around I guess," Juniata coach Brian Strawser said.
He said the team tired in the second half, but the early lead bolstered the Indians' chances. They played a game the previous afternoon, which worried Strawser.
"I was really pleased with how we came out in the first half," he said. "That was a concern of mine."
The JV game played to a scoreless tie.
Juniata (3-0, 2-0) hosts East Juniata Wednesday.
Red Land 10, Mifflin County 1
LEWISBERRY - Kaitlyn Eckley had the lone highlight for Mifflin County in a difficult girls soccer loss, as Red Land took a 10-1 victory out of the Commonwealth Division match Saturday.
Eckley's tally came with 1:05 left in the game.
"They were really good," Huskies coach Steven DeArment said. "We played with some heavy legs and they were all over us."
It was the third game for the locals in the first week of competition, and the second against a powerhouse opponent - Red Land was picked to finish second in the division behind defending state champ Cumberland Valley.
Red Land also won the JV game, 7-0. Mifflin County hosts Cedar Cliff Tuesday.
Governor Mifflin tournament
SHILLINGTON - It took nearly 60 minutes before anyone scored, but it was Greenwood's Josh Ferguson who broke the stalemate, and the Wildcats went on to defeat Governor Mifflin 1-0, the first loss of the season for the tournament host.
In the second outing, Greenwood slid by Muhlenberg 3-2 to stand as the only unbeaten team at the end of the day.
"The Governor Mifflin game was a well-played game, had a lot of memntum shifts. I was extremely pleased with the defense," Greenwood coach Tom Magill said. "I thought Muhlenberg from a skills standpoint was better. They just didn't play real well as a team. We got out on top early and things started to happen."
Ferguson ended with a goal in each game. Alex Potter had two assists against Muhlenberg.
Greenwood (3-0) travels to East Juniata today.
9th grade: Mifflin County 22, Johnstown 6. Austin Erb ran for one TD; Trey Hartsock threw TD passes to Christian Smith and Peyton Reesman. Mifflin County (1-1) hosts Altoona Thursday.
7th grade: Mifflin County 24, Bald Eagle Area 8. Mifflin County (1-0) hosts Altoona Tuesday.