She has strong wrists, quick feet and superior hand-eye coordination. But Erin Huffman also possesses desire, determination and intangible nose for the net.
It’s difficult to determine which of those skill set makes her a better goal-scorer. But when you combine the two, the result is, well, awesome.
When the Palmyra field hockey team has needed a goal this season, it has turned to Huffman. And more often than not, Huffman has delivered.
Huffman, a junior forward, was by far the Cougars’ leading scorer during the fall of 2014. And since Palmyra has made it to the post season, the Cougars’ go-to girl has continued to produce.
On Tuesday at State College School District’s Memorial Field, in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs, Huffman struck again, during Palmyra’s overwhelming 3-1 triumph over Mifflin County. With 7:16 remaining in the state opener, Huffman tallied a hustling, falling-away, put back of a rebound that gave her side a 3-1 lead, and all but assured that the Cougars would be advancing to the quarterfinal round.
For Huffman, it was her eye-popping 29th goal of the year. Combine that with the seven assists she has collected and Huffman has totaled 65 points thus far.
– Jeff Falk