"Fortunately we had some openings and teams were willing to play us," said Houser. "We've always tried to play a good schedule, but we went a little further this year."
So why has this Greenwood team advanced where no other team could in recent years? The Wildcats graduated Autumn Pellman two years ago and then Salene Shaffer -- the last two Daily Item Female Athletes of the year -- last season.
They have done it with a potent offense that has scored 93 goals, 21 more than last year, and has 17 shutouts in 24 games.
The potent offense is extraordinarily balanced. Eight players have scored at least five goals, led by Brittany Fleisher's 22 goals. Mallory Fortenbaugh has 14 goals and six assists while Taylor Tompkins has 13 goals as well. Kuhns, the hero of last year's game against Crestwood, has eight goals and 10 assists.
"The seniors have really stepped up and the younger kids have come on," said Houser. "That is what high school sports is all about. We had a sense that we could have this kind of year. We have been building for a couple of years, the kids have gained some confidence and now we feel like we belong."