"I remember when my sister was in high school we couldn't beat Selinsgrove," Wildcats senior Taylor Tompkins said earlier this season, "and then going there and tying them last year was just like, 'Oh! We almost had it!'"
The Wildcats beat Selinsgrove earlier this season, 2-0, and afterward Seals coach Cathy Keiser called them "one of the best Greenwood teams I've ever seen."
Greenwood coach Kent Houser made me think during a preseason interview when he said, "We want to do the best we can do and not worry about the things we don't have control over, like wins and losses."
No control over wins and losses? I thought. Huh?
But it makes sense because you can play as well as possible and be beaten by a better team. It's on the Wildcats to play as well as possible.
"Mr. Houser said something in practice after our loss to State College (on Saturday)," said Fleisher. "He said that we shouldn't come out and expect to win, but we should play hard and winning will just come.
"Every time we have to play our hearts out and leave everything on the field."
Line Mountain's Jill Martz-Yisrael was as complimentary as a coach could be after a potential game-tying goal was disallowed with 2 minutes left in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Greenwood.
She said the game turned on three aspects (defense, long hits and speed) in which the Wildcats are superior. The Eagles more than held their own, playing a relentless, physical style to combat Greenwood's speed. But Greenwood opened up the field enough with defense-to-offense transition to score the go-ahead goal.
"I think what hurt us a bit in the second half was they started to use the big ball more; it became more effective for them," said Martz-Yisrael. "We weren't blocking up the hits as well, they were finding the lanes and getting in behind us and so we had to do more sprinting."