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November 10, 2012

Seals stunned on late tally

Seals stunned on late tally

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"It was a quick breakaway and we were all kind of recovering and back on our heels a bit," said Kapsar, "but I think our effort was there until the end."

"(The Comets) jumped on it because they knew it was their last-ditch effort," said Keiser. "They made something happen."

Even Elvetta Gemski, the only coach Crestwood's storied program has known and winner of 616 games, was stunned by the outcome.

"Coaches always say, 'Play right to the end,' and that's just a prime example of playing right to the end," she said. "You can never give up -- keep working -- and that's just what they did."

The Comets were ultra-aggressive from the start, to the point they would control, pivot and fire any ball in or near the circle. They continuously hit long, hard balls into the attacking end, but also made several dangerous runs at the cage, often with forward Mary Cronauer dribbling through the defense.

The Seals weren't on their heels so much as guarding against Crestwood breaking back, and that meant they weren't as free to attack or create chances.

"It was a quick game, quick transition, and we haven't seen that a lot this season," said Kapsar. "I think our offense played really well, but they had good defense so it was really hard to transition."

Selinsgrove weathered the barrage through to halftime with a couple defensive saves and three more from sophomore keeper Courtney McCartney. Early in the second half, it appeared the Seals may have rope-a-doped Crestwood with Keiser's frequent substitutions.

Like Muhammed Ali allowing George Foreman to punch himself out in their 1974 heavyweight title fight, Selinsgrove absorbed the Comets' best shots and then turned the tide by running fresh legs at them.

"We definitely did generate offense and we kept pounding away, but give credit to Selinsgrove's defense," said Gemski. "Very, very great defense right down to the goalkeeper."

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