MECHANICSBURG — The Cedar Cliff Colts struggled through a winless season last year, but have already picked up two wins this year after they knocked off Mechanicsburg 2-0 on Monday at Northside Elementary School.
“Coming off a week like that last week and last season, we needed a staple win,” Colts coach Brian Osborne said. “We have several kids back who worked hard in the offseason and didn’t want to lose all of them again this year.
“Danny Weistling, Jason Goldfeder and Scott Leland controlled the middle of the field and others stepped up. Zach Polan played well tonight up top. Scotty is a top notch center back and we have been working all week defending after giving up four goals last week and not scoring.”
The two teams played through a physical first half with no score, but the Colts had two opportunities. Wildcats keeper Nick Brosky was up to the task and made both saves.
Ten minutes into the second half, defender Nick Skokowski moved up on the right side, fielded a ball and ripped a laser over the keeper into the net for his first goal.
“Nick has been pushing to press up and get a shot on goal,” Osborne said. “He did and scored his first goal.”
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Cedar Cliff (2-1, 0-1 Mid-Penn Commonwealth) got a second goal on a nice give-and-go with Imran Kunovac and Matt Musselman. Musselman found Kunovac and his return pass got Musselman past the defender. Musselman ripped the ball into the far corner for the insurance goal.
Cedar Cliff keeper Alex Widmer was tall in the goal and his clearances enabled the Colts to start their offense on the far side of midfield.
“We were a bit flat tonight and I am not sure why,” Mechanicsburg head coach Brent Brockman said. “That is on me, but we can’t continue to give up three goals a game and not score that many. We need to look at our shape and figure out some things. Maybe move some players around.”
“It was a good team win but there are no easy games in the Commonwealth, so now we have to make that trek to Chambersburg less than 24 hours later,” Osborne said. “We have to bring it every night.”
Mechanicsburg falls to 1-1 in the Mid-Penn Keystone and 1-3 overall.