The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 2, 2012

Selinsgrove Seals rally past Line Mountain Eagles to retain title

LEWISBURG -- The public address announcer for the District 4 field hockey championship game had real difficulty pronouncing several of the Selinsgrove starters' names.

So the Seals made it easy for anyone tasked with introducing them in the future. They can simply be called "eight-time defending district champs."

Emily Klingler scored the game-winning goal with just 97 seconds left in overtime, and Selinsgrove won an epic battle with Line Mountain, 3-2, at Bucknell's Graham Field.

The fifth-seeded Seals twice fought back from a one-goal deficit Thursday, and ultimately prevailed in extra time for a second straight game.

"I think the girls were very persistent and believed in themselves," said Selinsgrove coach Cathy Keiser, who won her 20th title in 29 seasons. "They really wanted it. They wanted to be that No. 5 seed that comes through and shows them that we remain No. 1."

Olivia Poltonavage scored both Line Mountain goals on penalty strokes, each putting the No. 2 seed ahead. Selinsgrove's MacKenna Mahan had a hand in both equalizers, scoring the first with a deflection and assisting sister Geneka's goal to ultimately force OT.

"We were down, but you have to just keep up the pressure," said MacKenna Mahan. "We kept up the communication and kept encouraging each other. Just staying strong.

"We knew we could do it."

Klingler, a sophomore mid, ended an intense OT period of 13-plus minutes with a goal as splendid as it was sudden.

Selinsgrove's Nora Aucker fed the ball to Klingler from right of the circle. Klingler had Eagles back Savannah Copson on her left hip as she dribbled to the right post. Geneka Mahan circled in behind Copson but backed into position for a potential rebound when she saw Klingler had possession.

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