By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item
HERSHEY -- One would have guessed Greenwood be thrilled with the opportunity to open the state field hockey tournament against a team it had beaten twice during the season.
"I was scared," Wildcats senior Brittany Fleisher said. "I'm not going to lie."
"All day we were all really nervous," said classmate Kenzie Wirth.
"Scared to death of this game," Greenwood coach Kent Houser admitted.
It wasn't lip service after their 3-0 win over Line Mountain at Hershey High. The truth is, their Tri-Valley League archrival tested the Wildcats like few teams, despite the losses, and Tuesday was no different.
Fleisher scored a goal with just over 2 minutes remaining in a first half that was played almost entirely in Greenwood's attacking end with few scoring chances to show for it.
However, Fleisher banged in another pair early in the second half, just 4 minutes apart, and the Wildcats' relentless defense handled matters from there.
"I thought this was a great defensive effort," said Houser. "(The Eagles are) a team that's really improving, and I thought our team defense was really good."
Greenwood (19-3-1), the District 3 runner-up, advanced to the Class AA quarterfinals for the second consecutive year. The Wildcats face District 5 champion Forbes Road, a 2-1 overtime winner against District 7 champ Shady Side Academy, on Saturday at a site and time to be announced.
Line Mountain, which finished second to Greenwood in the TVL and second to Selinsgrove in District 4, finished at 17-6.
"I was really pleased with the first half we played; I thought we executed our game plan well," said Eagles coach Jill Marz-Yisrael. "Second half, they just stepped up the intensity. We were helter-skelter there for a good eight minutes, and you can't do that at this level of the season.