MIFFLINTOWN - Earlier in the season, the Huntingdon Area High School girls soccer team battled with Juniata, only to lose in overtime, 1-0.
With a rematch in the District 6 Class AA semifinals on Tuesday, the Lady Bearcats were again left with a zero on the scoreboard. Juniata, with its 4-0 win, moved on to the District 6 title game Thursday.
"Our touch was off, and we had to make a few adjustments because we were missing a starter," Huntingdon coach Betsy Mason said. "We just couldn't get our game in sync."
Early on it was the Swartz show as both Janelle and Joanna controlled the offensive flow for the Indians. It seemed like each time down the field it was Joanna to Janelle, but the Indians couldn't find the net.
"They played well tonight," Juniata coach Dave Portzline said of the sister duo. "The thing is we were worried about the beginning and especially when you miss early like that it's bad luck."
Juniata finally was able to take the lead in the scoreless game with a little less than 14 minutes to play in the first half. Joanna Swartz controlled the ball at midfield, and Janelle Swartz did the rest as she found the net.
"The two girls early getting the Swartz-to-Swartz connection working was great," Portzline said. "It was a good shot. It was a good play between those two."
Although the Indians controlled the tempo most of the first half, Huntingdon was still only down a tally. Unfortunately for the Lady Bearcats, they couldn't hang on as Carly Burns buried a shot with just 50 seconds to play to make it 2-0.
"It wasn't for lack of heart or potential," Mason said. "It was a disappointment to us because I really felt like we could beat them."
Huntingdon struggled all night as the Juniata defenders allowed only three shots - and just about zero chances in the second half.
"We came ready to play, and we thought we could do it," Mason said. "Juniata had a really good game."
With the defensive intensity picking up in the second half for the Indians, their offense did much of the same. Winning 50-50 balls and not letting the Bearcats establish an offensive threat, the Indians stifled Huntingdon and held the Bearcats scoreless.
Burns got on the board again with 26 minutes to play in regulation when she controlled the ball in the middle and sent a bender to the far post. That made it 3-0.
The shot pretty much sealed the win for the Indians. But, they weren't done yet.
One of the most interesting goals was a result of the tough field conditions. Riley Mummah was the lucky recipient of an unlucky Bearcat bounce.
Mummah sent a service into the box from well outside the 18. The ball was lofted very high, and when Huntingdon keeper Katie Shoemaker went to make the save, she slipped, letting the ball find the net easily.
For Huntingdon, the season ended, and Mason only had great things to say about her players, especially her graduating seniors.
"I think that we had a great season, and we wanted it to continue," Mason said. "I was proud of our whole team, particularly we have six starting seniors and they've led this team to a really good outcome this season."
Huntingdon0 0 - 0
Juniata2 2 - 4
First Half: J-Ja. Swartz (Jo. Swartz), 13:53; J-Burns, 0:50.
Second Half: J-Burns, 26:25; J-Mummah, 9:24.
Shots on goal: Juniata 16-3. Corner kicks: Juniata 5-4. Saves: Juniata 2 (Winey); Huntingdon 7 (Shoemaker).