By William Bowman
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- It was a play that, really, could have rattled them. Considering the situation -- opening round of the PIAA playoffs and all -- it could have been enough to end their season.
Instead of letting a disallowed goal bother them, Selinsgrove's field hockey team used it as fuel. That, and a big dose of goalie Courtney McCartney.
The Seals scored twice in the first half after an initial strike waved off. They then got a fluky goal to start the second half and held off a strong Upper Perkiomen push the rest of the way to advance to the state quarterfinals with a 3-2 victory at Bucknell University on Tuesday night.
"I'm very proud of them. They've been working very hard, and for them to be in the state quarterfinals is just awesome," said Selinsgrove coach Cathy Keiser.
The Seals (16-4-2) advance to Saturday's quarterfinal against Crestwood, which beat Selinsgrove, 1-0 at TurfFest in September. Upper Perkiomen, which lost in the first round for the fourth consecutive year, ends the seasons at 17-5-1.
Reserve Jenna Knepp scored a goal and assisted on MacKenna Mahan's deflection in the opening half to stake the Seals to the early lead. It was a big response for Selinsgrove after Becca Bausinger's reverse-stick goal was disallowed less than 10 minutes into the game.
Selinsgrove went ahead, finishing one of its rare penalty corners with 10 minutes left in the half. The ball was stuffed back into the circle after the insert and eventually Tesa Hoffman flicked it to Knepp in open space on the right. With the goalie out of position, Knepp was able to reverse it into the goal for the 1-0 lead.
"The ball came right to me and one was covering me and I saw the open far shot, just took a reverse swipe," Knepp said.