The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 24, 2012

Defense holds up until OT tally


Both teams had chances to put the game away, especially Mifflinburg. Wildcats senior forward Logan Taylor missed the net three separate times in the first half, twice just left and once just right, which could have put Mifflinburg up 3-0 going into the half.

With 18 minutes to play in the second half, Athens' Alex Cuno dribbled the ball down the left side of the field and from roughly eight yards out, fired a shot at the goal with a nice look, but didn't quite get the right aim on it and saw it sail to the left of the goal.

Athens then had a chance to win it in the first overtime period when senior Nick Pane took a shot from about 18 yards out to the dead center of the goal, only to see Mifflinburg goalie Nick Bachorski make the key save to prevent the loss.

"If it wasn't for the defense and Nick, we would've never been in there and never got the position to score that goal," Ferguson said.

The double overtime nail-biter was a credit to both the Athens and Mifflinburg defenses. Aside from Ferguson's game-winner, neither team got a shot off inside of the goal area. Mifflinburg had 11 corner kicks in the win, but couldn't set any plays up off them due to Athens' back line refusing to give Mifflinburg a good look at the net.

"Their back four was very organized, so they were tough to break down. We tried through balls, we were trying to get it through them and attack them, but they were organized," Gehers said.

Mifflinburg advances to face Danville on Saturday in the District 4 Class AA quarterfinals at a site and time to be determined.

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