"The best teams are going to make it hurt."
The Wildcats made a strong push for much of the first half with their defense preventing Line Mountain from stringing together more than pass or two at a time. The shots, though, weren't there as they always seemed to be a pass or player short in the circle.
"I thought we left a couple go by early where we had the good crosses and we didn't have that covered," said Houser. "We did a little better job of that (later)."
The Eagles consistently dug the ball out of their defensive end, which they also did well in the teams' most recent meeting Oct. 9, a 2-1 game.
"I was getting a little bit anxious and nervous at first, but when we kept it up there started to be more openings and options," said Wirth. "We all worked hard to make it happen."
The game's first score began with freshman Kelsey Keener (the only girl who played the entire game bare-armed) dribbling about half the field and earning the Wildcats' second corner. Though nothing came of the play, a long hit from Wirth on the right side found Fleisher just above the left post for a scoop into the upper netting.
That goal occurred with 2:17 left in the half; just 2:17 into the second half the pair pulled off a virtually identical play, from cross to finish.
"They were just -- especially on the turf -- they were rolling right across and I could easily get my stick on them," said Fleisher.
"Being able to see that, to cross it and know that Brittany would be there," said Wirth, "I was really proud of our teamwork and being able to connect like that."
The Eagles, who Martz-Yisrael believed looked "like one of the best teams in the state" while trading possession with Greenwood in the first half, faced a daunting two-goal deficit without a bit of a breakdown. Just two perfectly executed connections.