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November 4, 2012

Seals win title on penalty kicks

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

WILLIAMSPORT -- Jess Lawton wasn't counting the shots. All she knew was that she had a job to do as Selinsgrove's goalie.

So in a shootout after a scoreless second overtime, Lawton hunched over as Danville's Kylie Gorki attempted a penalty kick to try and tie it all up. Gorki tried to sneak one into the upper right corner of the goal, only to see it hit off the top crossbar and bounce out.

That's when Lawton noticed her team started to run towards her and it finally hit her: Selinsgrove just won the District 4 Class AA championship.

The win on penalty kicks gave the Seals their first District 4 title since 2009 as Selinsgrove won in the shootout, 5-4, on Saturday evening at Lancer Community Stadium in Loyalsock.

"You play so many minutes and it comes down to a penalty (kick)," Danville coach Tom Craig said. "It's hard to take. It's just hard to take."

The Seals went ahead 5-4 thanks to senior Kiersten Craig-Sovic who managed to hit a great slow-roller to the left of Danville goalie Hanna Harris.

Selinsgrove won the toss and elected to take the penalty kicks first, a strategy coach Matt Metzger was hoping would pay off.

"We always want to take them first for that very reason, put pressure on that last girl," Metzger said.

The Ironmen (15-4-1) stayed with Selinsgrove (18-3) the entire game. In the final two overtime periods, Danville gave up just one Selinsgrove shot and out-shot the Seals, 23-8, in the loss.

Both teams let missed opportunities get away from them throughout the 110 minutes of regulation and overtime.

In the second half, Danville's Zina Knight fed a beautiful ball inside the goal box to Shelby Freedman. Freedman attempted to slide and tap the ball in, but misread the play and was just a hair off from netting a goal past Selinsgrove's talented Lawton.

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