The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 14, 2012

Comets outlast Wildcats in state semifinal


The Wildcats, who were second in District 3 and finished at 20-4-1, also failed to capitalize on a player-advantage when Mary Cronauer drew yellow with 5:47 remaining in the first overtime. No good chances came of it, and Crestwood closed the OT period with a flurry of four corners, momentum that carried over to the second overtime and ultimately to Ackers' goal.

It was the second of a two-corner sequence, the first having resulted in a Casey Cole shot stopped by Wildcats all-state keeper Katie Osborne. On the second, Cole took Ackers' insert near the top, pushed left to Elizabeth Dessoye when Osborne rushed to meet her. A follow-up shot was stoned by Tompkins, and, in the brief scramble that followed, Iowa-recruit Ackers ended it at the 10:31 mark.

The Comets went more than 77 minutes and 15 unsuccessful tries between goals off corner plays, having scored on a Cole blast just 124 seconds into the game.

"I would rate (Greenwood's corner defense) right up at the top. Extremely difficult," said Gemski. "I knew they had a very excellent goalkeeper just based on last year, and I only expected her to be better this year -- and she was."

Osborne, who iced her left knee at every stoppage, made 11 saves -- more than half of them in the second half despite the Wildcats' tremendous play in the period. She had little chance on Cole's game-opening rocket, but was a wall that frustrated the Comets (14 shots) time and again.

"She is what she is," said Houser. "Just a great goalie."

Greenwood was out of synch early, unable to connect with passes in transition in the face of Crestwood's pressure. That changed abruptly in the second half, as the Wildcats earned a remarkable nine corners in less than 15 minutes' time. Toward the end of that string, Tompkins scored a pair of goals less than three minutes apart for a 2-1 lead.

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