CM drops ‘Battle of the Wildcats’ to Mifflinburg, 4-0
By SHAREIK FLOWERS
MILL HALL- CM anticipated a learning curve entering 2019 with a new coach, and the growing pains were evident for the young squad Wednesday night.
Central Mountain fell to Mifflinburg, 4-0, under the bright lights at Don Malinak stadium. Now sitting at 0-3, the Wildcats are searching for their new identity under first-year head coach Jeff Brinker.
“Mifflinburg is a very solid team,” Central Mountain coach Jeff Brinker said. ” They’re a good team who moved the ball very well, and our girls played some good team defense along the way. They had some really nice battles, and overall I appreciate how our girls battled all night long.”
Central Mountain’s inability to defend Mifflinburg’s corner kick dominated the game’s story lines. Following Cara Snook’s highlight unassisted goal where she chipped one into the left-corner net, Snook added a second goal off a corner kick with 13:57 remaining in the first half to stretch Mifflinburg’s lead, 2-0.
The second half saw CM’s defense again struggle to limit Mifflinburg’s offense on the corner kick. Mifflinburg soon took a 3-0 lead after Taylor Beachy maneuvered one past CM goalkeeper Hailey Swortwood. Peyton Yocum added another corner-kick goal to widen Mifflinburg’s lead 4-0 with just 13 minutes left on the clock. Yocum’s goal was Mifflinburg’s third corner-kick score of the game–as Mifflinburg out-muscled Central Mountain in front of the net.
“Mifflinburg just won the battle on the corner kicks,” Brinker explained. “They went to the ball, and got it in the back of the net. Our girls just weren’t able to clean it.”
The loss drops Central Mountain record to 0-3 on the year. They’ve struggled and are still searching for their first win of the season– but Brinker likes what he’s seen from his squad so far. They’ve progressed each day since the offseason and have displaying signs of being a stronger team than last year’s group.
“Each day we’re trying to improve, and I can see steps along the way of us getting better,” Brinker said. “Hopefully as the season goes on we’ll be even more competitive and win some games out of it.”
Central Mountain 0, Mifflinburg 4
1 2 F
MF 2 2 4
CM 0 0 0
MF: Cara Snook (unassisted). MF leads 1-0, 21:39 remaining.
MF: Cara Snook (corner kick). MF leads 2-0, 13:57 remaining.
MF: Taylor Beachy (corner kick). MF leads 3-0, 32:40 remaining.
MF: Peyton Yocum (corner kick) MF leads 4-0, 13 minutes remaining.
Shots on Goal
Central Mountain: 1
Kristi Benfield (MF): 1
CM: Hailey Swortwood (CM): 5