CAMP HILL - Mifflin County was awarded 19 penalty corners Wednesday, but made the most of one of them - and that was all the Huskies needed for a 1-0 Commonwealth Division field hockey victory over Cedar Cliff.
The game winner came with no time on the clock in the first half; corners called before expiration must be played out, and this one played to the visitors' advantage. Sam Peters took the ball on a setup by Whitney Strohecker and Macie Lucas and buried it for the game's only goal.
The Colts, who share the middle of the conference standings with Mifflin County, were no match for the Husky offense, which pounded 24 shots on goal to Cedar Cliff's three.
"I thought they came out and played with a lot more enthusiasm today," Mifflin County coach Tish Maclay said. "I thought we played a better team game."
She said the midfield has shown improvement controlling the ball, and the team's young defense stood tall when it counted.
"I think they came up with some very big plays for us today," she said.
The JV game ended in a scoreless tie.
Mifflin County (6-6, 5-4) hosts Cumberland Valley Friday.
Mifflin County 3,
Central Dauphin East 0
HARRISBURG - It took nine conference games, but the Mifflin County volleyball team was finally able to secure a win in the Commonwealth Division.
The Huskies came roaring back from a 3-0 loss to Central Dauphin East Monday to gain a 3-0 win over the Panthers Wednesday evening.
Mifflin County stormed out to an early lead, taking the first game 25-15. That continued in game two which the Huskies took 25-16. In the deciding game, Mifflin County came out on top 25-21.
"They communicated better and they had long stretches where they didn't want to get outworked," Mifflin County coach Matt Kern said. "They did whatever it took to keep the ball alive."
Helping the cause were 42 total service points for the Huskies - most of which came from Sarah Bonson and Kaitlyn Dreese. Alyssa Stackpole had 10 kills for Mifflin County en route to its first conference win.
"When they attacked they made some smart decisions," Kern said. "Once they get rolling and everyone puts in 100 percent we can control the ball really well which is what we need to do."
Mifflin County (3-9, 1-8) travels to Cedar Cliff Monday.
Midd-West 3, Milton 0
MIDDLEBURG - Midd-West outshot Milton 22-1 in Heartland Conference boys soccer action Wednesday night.
However, the Mustangs struggled to get on the board. But with three goals in the second half, Midd-West was able to prevail 3-0 over the Panthers.
"All we needed was one goal to force Milton to step out a little bit," Midd-West coach Chris Sauer said. "They put a lot of guys behind the ball in the first half and we had plenty of chances."
Andrew Sassaman broke the scoreless tie just four minutes into the second half to spark the Mustangs. They then got goals from Jake Keister and another from Sassaman a minute apart at the nine-minute mark to secure the win.
"We just kept on attacking," Sauer said. "Getting that goal early in the second half was big."
Midd-West (6-5, 5-3) hosts Selinsgrove Tuesday.
* 9th grade: Mifflin County 26, Harrisburg 0. Trey Hartsock threw touchdowns to Christian Smith and Kahlyl Carrington. Stefan White and Tyler Powell each added touchdowns on the ground in the win. Mifflin County (4-1) travels to Central Dauphin Wednesday.