By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Soccer is often a game of positioning, and Selinsgrove was in the right place at the right time more often than not Saturday.
The Seals took full advantage of any slight openings on offense to pull out a 4-1 victory over rival Shikellamy.
Early in the second half, with the game tied at 1, the tide started to shift on a seemingly harmless bleeder in the box.
On a cross, Kaitlyn Harmon came out to make a leaping save and managed to knock the ball down but it squirted loose. With the defense clustered due to a close call, Marissa Heddings took advantage, shooting the ball through an opening and past Harmon.
Selinsgrove began to push the tempo in the second half and it showed as the Seals kept attacking in the offensive zone.
"The second half, we obviously played much better, tidied some things up," Selinsgrove head coach Matt Metzger said. "(We) started playing smarter, and putting three goals in reflected that."
Metzger said his team started to move off the ball in the second half to create opportunities rather than waiting for an opening.
Heddings' goal put the Seals in front, 2-1, but Selinsgrove was not satisfied with a one-goal cushion. Almost immediately after scoring the goal, the Seals returned to their offensive half of the field, putting pressure on the Braves' defense. The pressure allowed the Seals to establish control of the field, leading to numerous offensive chances and close calls even when balls did not find the back of the net.
Having control of the field allowed speedy freshman Samantha Rodkey to create plays for the Seals. Rodkey controlled a loose ball in the 47th minute and passed back to Nicole Krebs who beat Harmon in the lower left corner of the net.