Susquehannock girls roll into District 3-AA soccer quarterfinals
GLEN ROCK — In a competition where good starts are crucial, the Susquehannock girls' soccer team wasted little time putting its stamp on the match Monday night.
Facing Twin Valley in the first round of the District 3-AA girls' soccer playoffs, the Warriors' Maddy Mummert scored in the third minute of the game, pacing Susquehannock to the 3-0 victory.
"We hadn't played in nine days," Warriors' coach Pat Brubaker said. "...You saw them, their pace and technical ability, so to get a goal like that, that early, was big."
Mummert's goal set the tone early for Susquehannock, but it wasn't all smooth sailing for the fifth-seeded Warriors (13-3-2). The 12th-seeded Raiders (10-8-1) actually carried much of the play during the opening frame, but a bad start to the half and bad finish to it ultimately was the deciding factor for the visiting squad.
In the 30th minute, the Warriors extended their lead on a goal from Taylor Tannura. Her shot from about 25 yards out seemed harmless, but the Twin Valley keeper took it too lightly, letting it slip between her legs, giving Susquehannock a 2-0 lead going into the half.
"It was fortunate for us," Brubaker said. "You take it and that's why you throw balls on goal and good things can happen."
That goal drastically shifted momentum in the contest. The Warriors came out of the half content to protect their 2-0 margin, withstanding any offensive attacks by Twin Valley. Finally, with time winding down, Mummert put the final stamp on the game with her second goal of the game in the 74th minute to seal the victory for Susquehannock.
On the field, Mummert is usually one of the smallest players in the game. She stands at only 4 feet, 11 inches, but plays much bigger than that. She's not afraid to throw her body around and get physical with the opposition, a big reason why she led the Warriors into Thursday's quarterfinals. She finished the night with two goals and an assist, playing about 78 of the 80 minutes.
"She's small, but a beast," Brubaker said. "She's scored some massive goals for us this year. She works really hard and I think you said it best, she plays bigger than her stature."
The Raiders actually outshot Susquehannock in the contest, 14-8, but couldn't solve goalkeeper Ashley Stone. She made five saves in the match, never really being tested on any of them.
Susquehannock will next play No. 4 seed Northeastern (16-4-1), which topped No. 13 seed Gettysburg (10-8-0) on Monday, 5-2. The site and time for Thursday's quarterfinal match has yet to be determined.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at email@example.com; follow on Twitter @P_Strohecker.