LEWISTOWN - In a game that began under bright sunny skies, the young Husky field hockey squad (3-5-0) took on the Line Mountain Eagles (3-2-1). As the sun waned and the clouds increased, the first half unfolded into a hard fought scoreless tie. The changing sky was a harbinger of the changing game that was to come.
Although Mifflin County's defense appeared to be a step behind at times, three saves by goalie Jordan Myers and the non-stop hustle of Gracie Wagner in the middle were defensive factors working in favor of the Huskies in the first half.
"We had great perseverence after the half" veteran Coach Tish Maclay said. "We improved as time wore on in the second half. I applaud the ladies for never giving up."
Hannah Kerstetter solved the scoring drought with only two minutes and 49 seconds elapsed in the second half. She was assisted on her goal by Sarah Neff and Maria Fowler.
However, the Eagles answered with a score of their own just two minutes and fifteen seconds later. Madison Lagerman tallied a goal after Line Mountain was awarded a corner.
Tie score. Game on.
Play continued with both teams taking turns on the attack. Line Mountain was awarded 10 penalty corners to Mifflin County's seven, but the Huskies earned the edge in shots on goal by a 12-7 margin.
Still, Kortnee Swartz put the Eagles in front for the first time when she scored off an assist from Anne Klinger. The clock showed a little more than 18 minutes remaining.
Displaying the perserverence Coach Maclay spoke about early in the game, the Huskies pawed back. Marissa Byler found Sarah Neff in the circle and Neff found the far corner of the cage to knot the score at two each.
A personal foul forced the Huskies to finish the final four and a half minutes of the second half down a player, but the remaining 10 played with determination to overcome the deficit and force overtime.
In overtime, the teams play 15 minutes for a sudden victory, with a depleted squad - it's seven-on-seven; whoever scores first wins.
Husky Kezia Loht seemed to own the overtime. She controlled play with her desire and determination and punctuated that effort with the game winning goal. Loht's teammates fed off her energy and assisted her in her determination not to be denied the opportunity to score - and she did.
The Mifflin County jayvees won 2-1 on goals by Allison Sheetz and Abby Minck.
The Huskies host State College today; the game will have a huge role in whether Mifflin County takes part in the District 6 Class AAA tournament, as they must beat the Little Lions at least once in the regular season to do so.