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September 17, 2013

High School Field Hockey: Lewisburg tops East Juniata in overtime


"I got a really good pass, and I just tried to hit it as hard as I could," Lesher said.

Lesher continued to unleash big hits from the right wing into the circle, pressuring the East Juniata defense. With 11:40 to play, Lewisburg's Maggie Harrison blasted a shot that Strawser saved head-high with the pad on her left hand before kicking it clear with her left leg.

"As soon as we get it up to our end of attack," Lesher said, "we're really good at seeing the open spots and getting chances."

East Juniata's only corners came within the first two minutes of each half. Caitlin Hoover's insert early in the second half was handled by Dressler at the top of the circle, but her cross to Lydia Koser on the right side was too hot.

However, with less than nine minutes to play, an East Juniata rush along the right side saw Koser cross a bounding ball to Dressler. She settled it right of center and sent a low rocket into the left corner to tie the score.

The Tigers (3-2) had a chance for a similar connection in the 7-v-7 overtime when Cassie Sumfest's insert got through and across the 25. Dressler sprinted ahead of the pack and would have been on the receiving end of the pass for a breakaway had Newlin not stoned it.

"You don't want a one-v-one with the goalie because, typically, that means a goal," said Newlin, a HAC all-star back. "I heard somebody say that (Dressler) was open behind me, and I knew (the ball) was coming and no one was on it. So I was just trusting my teammates to back me up and I just stepped up."

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