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October 11, 2012

Scott Dudinskie's field hockey column: Wildcats join Seals as the gold standard

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It goes to show the Wildcats will find a way. They can overwhelm teams with their attack, play a defensive style and wait to pounce on a mistake, or (like Tuesday) trade paint until the final whistle.

"I didn't think we panicked (Tuesday). There's times -- even in nothing-nothing games -- where we start getting a little antsy and out of sorts. We didn't do that," said Houser. "I think experience is huge, (and) we have it at most positions, particularly up front and in the goal."

The Wildcats exude quiet confidence, even more than last season when they rode 19 wins to the district title game and state quarterfinals. They come to the sideline when subbed out discussing how to rectify problems rather than complaining about them.

"I believe there is a lot of confidence," said Wildcats all-state keeper Katie Osborne. "I was really surprised last year with how we did, but it just set the bar to where our expectations are now.

"Everyone just seemed to pick it up and are doing well in their roles. I'm just happy it's going this well."

I won't predict Greenwood will do any better than a season ago, and I don't believe there's a state championship in their future.

More likely than not, a team will come along with more skill or speed or good fortune and send them home.

They'll be left to ponder -- like last year's Seals -- what it's like when a great team runs into a better one.

Hopefully, they'll remember and appreciate how rarely it happened.

n Scott Dudinskie covers high school field hockey for The Daily Item. Email comments to sdudinskie@dailyitem.com.

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