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October 24, 2012

Defense holds up until OT tally

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

WILLIAMSPORT -- Mifflinburg's Clair Ferguson knew that with his recent hamstring injury, he wouldn't be able to maneuver quickly around his defender. All he could do was stick with him and hope he could get a shot off in time.

So with an Athens defender and goalie right in front of him on a few yards from the goal, Ferguson did all he could and hit underneath the ball to get it some loft, right up over the Athens goalie as he slid out.

Ferguson's shot snuck in to the top right corner of the goal. The senior midfielder quickly turned around yelling in excitement and was engulfed by his fellow teammates thanks to his game-winning goal in double overtime of the first round of the District 4 Class AA boys soccer tournament on Tuesday at Lancers Community Stadium in Loyalsock.

"A lot of guys wouldn't have kept their composure on that (shot)," Mifflinburg coach Dan Gehers said. "(He) stuck with the ball, kept his composure and stuck with it. He's important to us."

Ferguson's game-winning shot was only the second shot on goal that Mifflinburg had through nearly 105 minutes of play. The Wildcats had just one shot on goal in the first two halves.

Defensively, neither team gave up easy looks. Both Athens and Mifflinburg had six total shots in the first half. After that, they combined for just eight the remainder of the game.

"Our coach really harps on us making sure we make defensive stops because that's what will win us the game," Ferguson said. "And our defense is really young, I give them a lot of credit; this was a huge game and they did everything they needed to win it for us."

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