The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 1, 2012

Selinsgrove girls handle Danville

Seals handle Ironmen

By Marion Valanoski

For The Daily Item

DANVILLE -- Jenna Fisher provided the offense while Jessica Lawton was outstanding in goal as Selinsgrove downed Danville, 4-1, Monday in Heartland Athletic Conference Division I girls soccer action underneath the lights at Ironmen Stadium.

The Seals held a slim one-goal lead at half before dominating the action in the second half. Selinsgrove turned in a solid defensive effort and got outstanding play in goal by Lawton, who stopped two point-blank attempts by the Ironmen to trim their deficit and get back into the match.

"We tried to keep it simple in the second half but could not handle their quickness," Ironmen head coach Tom Craig said. "Once they got the lead, especially in the second half, and were dropping eight players back into the box, we did not do a very good job of communicating with each other and working the ball, making it that much more difficult to get off many decent shots."

Selinsgrove (10-2, 8-2) grabbed an early 1-0 when Nicole Krebs was able to find an opening behind the Danville (6-3-1, 5-3-1) defense and got off a perfect pass to Kelsey VanBuskirk with 32:50 on the clock. However, the Ironmen, who dominated the action for most of the first 15 minutes, responded with a quick drive down the field and deadlocked the score at 1-1 on Caroline Santos' drive past Lawton less than a minute later.

Danville keeper Hanna Harris came up with a huge stop with less than 10 minutes remaining in the opening half but the Seals quickness again reared its mighty head to give the visitors what would amount to the game-winning score just before half.

Fisher was able to come up with a loose ball and carried it almost the length of the field setting up what appeared to be a sure one-on-match against Harris. The junior forward was fouled and then drilled the ensuing direct kick past the Danville keeper with 7:32 left and a 2-1 lead.

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