Lady Lions soccer team falls to Mifflin County in District championship


Jaidyn Palladini

The game isn’t over. Sophomore Allison Little keeps the ball going as the other team falls.

On Nov. 2, the Lady Lions soccer team lost to Mifflin County at the District 6 Class 4A championship game at Hollidaysburg’s Tiger Stadium. Before the final game of the season, the team previously held a four year winning streak, winning the District title until losing 2-1 to Mifflin County. 

Head coach Derek Winterburn noticed how the team worked hard to get better each day.

“They continually improved from game to game in order to have a successful season and make it to Districts,” Winterburn said.

Winterburn noticed disappointment in his players after the loss.

“This was a really great group of players that I felt were deserving of finding success in that moment,” Winterburn said. “Having lost that game, I was disappointed they didn’t get to share in the joy of winning that game.”

Senior Quinn DeAntonio took part in the championship game.

“It felt really good,” DeAntonio said. “We’ve been in Districts every year since I’ve been a part of the team, and it felt really good to make it once again, especially making it for my senior year was a big accomplishment even with the loss against Mifflin County.”

According to DeAntonio, losing the game was tough on the team.

“It wasn’t easy, especially being my senior year and us losing,” DeAntonio said. “It’s the end of a chapter in my life, and it’s hard to handle. It was hard, but I played with the best team, and it was worth the fight.”

Junior Macyn Behe has taken part in the District championship game every year since her freshman year.  

“It felt good,” Behe said. “Ever since my freshman year, we’ve made it, but it just felt different this year. I was so close with all of the seniors, and we had such a close connection. It’s going to be hard when they are gone.”

Behe was shocked and hit with emotions after the loss.

“I definitely think that Mifflin County was a tough competition this year, so I can’t say that I was surprised. I was obviously pulling for us to win based on how we played during the regular season and how we’ve played in the previous seasons leading up to the District championship game,” Behe said. 

Although the team suffered a loss, sophomore Alannah Irwin knew the team would make it to the District championship. 

“Having the opportunity to play in a game that is important as a sophomore means a lot to me,” Irwin said.

Irwin is looking forward to becoming a role model for the incoming freshmen.

“I believe that as a junior, I finally have the opportunity to help them get used to the program,” Irwin said.