The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 14, 2012

Comets outlast Wildcats in state semifinal


"Coach always pumps us up second half. I feel like we're always a second-half team," said Tompkins. "I feel like we weren't ready to stop playing. We weren't ready to end our season."

The all-state senior mid stopped an insert and then had to regain control near the top of the circle after flyer Morgan Kile disrupted the play for a moment. Tompkins' drive tied the score at the 18:06 mark.

Shortly after, Kuhns took a Mallory Fortenbaugh insert and put a ball on Tompkins in the middle of the circle. She settled it and buried a shot in the low left corner for the lead.

"I just think we stepped it up," said Houser. "We made some adjustments at halftime about what we were doing on their free hits. I thought we were able to get control of the ball a little quicker, and we were making great passes -- putting balls on stick -- where in the first half we weren't doing that."

The Comets were better after Cronauer's equalizer at the 11:41 mark. Greenwood failed to handle a 16-yard hit, and Crestwood's speedy forward charged the right side of the cage for a goal.

About seven minutes later, Kuhns drew her second card, this for violating the 5-yard rule, and was forced to the bench. Tompkins made a defensive save while preserving the tie.

Fleisher drew yellow at 11:29 of the first OT and, again, the Wildcats rose to the occasion. Tompkins busted the only Crestwood corner while Fleisher sat out, and Osborne made a daring stop on a Cronauer rush far from the cage.

"I'm so proud of everyone for sucking it up and just pushing through while playing a player down," said Tompkins.

"I was just so impressed with the effort we gave to start the second half, to tie it up and then go ahead," said Houser. "Then we just couldn't seem to get anything more to go our way."

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