Spartans score 6 goals in win over Indians
HUGHESVILLE — Austin Lewis didn’t have to say a word. He knew Justus Leighow would put him in the right position to succeed.
It’s a chemistry that’s been built up over the years that dates back to elementary school.
The seniors were honored prior to kickoff and this senior duo put on quite the show as Lewis tallied four scores and an assist, Leighow added two assists and a goal as Hughesville scored five goals in a 10-minute span in the second half to pull away for a 6-1 win over Muncy on Saturday night at Raymond H. Perritt Stadium.
Lewis now has an area-high 19 goals, adding to his school-record total of 84 and Leighow is up to an area-best 14 assists.
The two Spartan stars have Hughesville on a five-game win streak and their skill and chemistry were on full display for a nearly brimming set of bleachers.
“He’s definitely helped me from the beginning,” Lewis said. “If he wasn’t out there, I wouldn’t score as much. He sees the field better than I do and he puts me through these tunnels and through balls that can put me in a good position to score.”
“They’ve been playing together since before they were in seventh grade. Because they’ve been playing together so long, when Austin makes a run, Justus knows where to go and the exact pace to put on the ball so Austin can get it in stride,” Hughesville coach Jim Dennis said.
Lewis scored Hughesville’s lone goal in the first half when Leighow knocked over the ball to his crowded teammate, who fired in the go-ahead goal. Leighow’s through ball to a streaking Lewis in the 52nd minute gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead.
The Hughesville offense goes through the steady senior and he always seems to make the right play. Leighow won nearly every 50/50 ball and helped jumpstart Hughesville’s offense.
“Everything kind of flows through him and he’s such a smart player,” Dennis said. “He’s the only one getting down on his own play. I think that’s one of the reasons he’s so good because he’s always striving for perfection. We have two good forwards up there who make great runs and he has great vision and his ability to hit the perfect pass time and again is a huge weapon.”
After Muncy’s Joe Edkin cut Hughesville’s lead in half, Hughesville answered with four goals over the ensuing six minutes. It was part of a five-goal burst from the 51st minute to the 62nd minute when the Spartans broke open a one-score game.
This was after Hughesville struggled to keep shots on target in the first half. Muncy goalie Eli Slamka made a number of impressive saves in the opening 40 minutes, including halting two 1-on-1 opportunities. But Hughesville kept the majority of its shots in the second half on frame and a handful of them were unsaveable. Leighow hit a shot into the far upper 90 from 20 yards out. Lewis fired lasers into the bottom corners while inside the 18 and Gabe Larsen received a perfect cross from Lewis and knocked in the shot to an open net.
“My halftime speech was basically we have to stop shooting the ball over the goal. We hadn’t tested the keeper. A young keeper in a varsity game under these lights but it’s a little hard game on him to rise to that moment,” Dennis said. “If we can get shots on target, we can test him and maybe get some in. Some shots we had tonight, it didn’t matter what keeper was in there tonight. We hit some real good shots in that second half.”
Hughesville 6, Muncy 1
H–Austin Lewis (Justus Leighow), 7:20; H–Austin Lewis (Justus Leighow), 51:18; M–Joe Edkin (Collin Wertz), 52:08; H–Austin Lewis (Eli Edkin), 56:29; H–Justus Leighow (UA), 57:37; H–Gabe Larsen (Austin Lewis), 60:09; H–Austin Lewis (Ethan Jackson), 61:35.
Shots: H 14, M 4. Corners: H 7, M 0. Saves: H 3 (Austin Sheatler); M 8 (Eli Slamka)
Records: Hughesville (6-4); Muncy (1-6-1).