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November 6, 2013

H.S. field hockey: Wyoming Seminary wins rematch with Selinsgrove in first round of states

By Scott Dudinskie

The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- Whether it was confidence, a change in attitude, or both -- an aggressive attitude fueled by confidence -- Wyoming Seminary was a vastly different team after halftime Tuesday.

The Blue Knights created few first-half chances against Selinsgrove in their Class AA first-round state tournament game, looking every bit a team wary of making a mistake when the other trounced it by three goals a month earlier.

In the second half and into overtime, however, the District 2 runners-up pushed a determined pace and effectively smothered the Seals' attack.

Seminary's tying goal was a fortunate redirect early in the second half, but the winner was strong execution while capitalizing on a Selinsgrove mistake.

Becca Weinstock made a run with her own takeaway and lashed a shot from left to right across the circle, catching the inside wall a few feet high, for a 2-1 Knights' win at Bucknell University's Graham Field.

The Knights, who were limited to a pair of first-half shots without a corner, finished with marked advantages in both shots (9-6) and corners (9-4).

"We had to come out with a different attitude and just kind of take it to them because you have to against a team like that. They're so strong," said Seminary coach Karen Klassner. "So we just had to pick it up a gear. It was that simple: Be more aggressive."

The Seals, who played heady in the defensive circle throughout, weathered a short two-player disadvantage very early in the second half when green cards issued to junior mid Nora Aucker and junior forward Emily Klingler overlapped for a half-minute.

In 7v7 overtime, Aucker was hit with a high stick yellow when she instinctively played a lifted ball while alone at midfield. The play was dangerous to no one, but whistled nonetheless.

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