Moments later the Seals converted again, and again Knepp had a hand in the tally. Selinsgrove quickly transitioned from offense to defense after stifling an Indian corner. A long hit from Bausinger found Knepp, who redirected in front of the goal. Mahan was parked in front and deflected the ball into the upper right corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead.
"Becca gave me an awesome ball and MacKenna had an awesome tip -- it was good," said Knepp. "That was something we worked on this week, just redirecting the ball, not just swinging at it."
The Indians took control in the second half, dominating the pace, and wasted no time generating an attack. Less than a minute into the second half, Upper Perkiomen's Casey Umstead settled the ball at her feet, spun and rifled a backhand that McCartney smothered. Moments later, McCartney sprawled to her right to make a save.
It was theme of the second half, really.
"Courtney was awesome out there, played her best game of the year," said Keiser. "She was really calm in there, came out and cut down the angles. She was aggressive."
"I was just making sure my defense was marking everybody and they did a great job," said McCartney. "It was pretty good. We gave up a lot of corners, but I get psyched for them and we busted up more than half of their corners."
The Seals got what at the time seemed like the back-breaker when they hit a ball toward the circle that was deflected up in the air. The ball skied into the circle and over Indian goalie Katey Lederer. Emily Klingler was right behind her to scoop it in for a 3-0 lead.
A little more than a minute after Selinsgrove extended the lead, Upper Perkiomen started its comeback. The Seals got caught a little bit out of position and Umstead easily finished to make it 3-1 with more than 22 minutes to play. Ten minutes later the tension went up even more when Umstead took a corner insert from Devon Kriebel and slammed a shot inside the right post to make it 3-2.
"We are usually shooting, shooting and shooting, but in the second half (Upper Perkiomen) came out on fire," said Keiser. "They were very physical and we don't always do the greatest against those teams. They were just relentless."
Selinsgrove was able to weather the storm thanks to McCartney, who made a dozen saves.
"We are peaking at the right time," McCartney said. "Today was a good game for us."