By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
WILLIAMSPORT -- Stephanie Clark lined up her free kick from just a few yards outside the 18-yard box. The sophomore nailed a shot that got Jess Lawton to dive the wrong way, and as it hooked into the back right corner of the goal, Clark simply turned around and embraced a teammate.
The rest of the Polar Bears flocked to Clark as Lawton simply pounded the artificial turf at Lancer Community Stadium in Loyalsock, knowing the shot all but ended Selinsgrove's chance to continue in the girls soccer PIAA Class AA tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
The goal, which came with less than three minutes to play, was Northern York's second unanswered one that propelled the Polar Bears to the 2-1 victory over the Seals.
"Obviously, that late in the game, it does make it hard (to comeback). I thought the girls responded with some energy, but you can see they basically dropped everybody back except a player to clog the middle," Selinsgrove coach Matt Metzger said. "They didn't give us any real good looks through that. They got the goal late and did like any good team does and clogged the middle and not let you get any good looks."
The Seals struck first when senior Jenna Fisher was fed a pass from Alli Cover that took a bounce roughly three yards from the goal. Fisher took it off the bounce and hit it to the far post past Northern York goalie Sara Yunez with 26:45 to play in the first half.
Unfortunately for Selinsgrove, the Seals couldn't convert great opportunities throughout the game.
Roughly 10 minutes after the goal, Fisher had a steal and passed it to Nicole Krebs who had a great look from the 18-line, but hit it just too high. Nearly a minute later, it was Grace O'Malley took a shot from just inside the left side of the 18-box that went just right of the goal. Those type of chances plagued the Seals.