By Scott Dudinskie
The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- Nora Aucker boomed several long balls into the circle during the second half Tuesday, part of the reason Selinsgrove could keep Lewisburg on its heels for so long.
Turns out, that was also a pretty good strategy for a corner play.
Aucker blasted the game-winning goal immediately after receiving the insert on Selinsgrove's third corner of overtime, bringing a terrific HAC-I field hockey game to an emphatic end.
"On the one before the winning corner, I had fumbled the ball when I received it. I just told myself that I wasn't going to do that again," said Aucker, a junior mid. "And I have been working on a far-post shot since August, so it was just receive, set the ball, shot. That's all that was going through my head."
With her resounding goal, Aucker snapped the red-hot Green Dragons' nine-game winning streak and put the Seals on a clearer path to reclaiming the HAC-I title they've won every year but last.
Selinsgrove (11-1, 9-0 HAC-I), winner of eight in a row, has only one game remaining against a team with a winning HAC-I record. Lewisburg dropped to 10-3-1, 6-3.
"We were on a roll. We're still going to be on a roll," said Lewisburg coach Emily O'Connor. "This was a bittersweet loss, but it was a battle won in terms of overcoming that obstacle of 'can you play with (the Seals)?'"
The Dragons did more than just play with the Seals early in Tuesday's game; they dominated a significant stretch of first-half play. The cat-like reflexes of Eliza Newlin and Sam Hunt in the back, coupled with the speed of Claire Lesher and Maggie Harrison in the midfield, took much of the danger out of Selinsgrove's long game.