By Marion Valanoski
For The Daily Item
HEPBURNVILLE -- Matt Metzger issued a halftime challenge to his senior girls and captains during Saturday's District 4 Class AA quarterfinal round matchup betwen Selinsgrove and Montoursville and it was right to the point, "This is your chance to end their season and have the last say."
The message did not fall on deaf ears and as a result of a strong second-half offensive performance the Seals advance to the semifinal round Tuesday against Central Columbia as a result of their 2-1 victory over the Lady Warriors at Balls Mills Soccer Club.
Selinsgrove made it a clean sweep as the boys dropped Troy, 4-2, in AA action.
After a scoreless first half, Montoursville (16-3) grabbed a 1-0 lead with 17:40 remaining in the match when Lana Spitler on a three-on-one break drilled a shot past Jessica Lawton for what looked to be at the time an insurmountable 1-0 lead.
"I looked up at the scoreboard and saw the time left and the score and had thoughts of last year's district final loss to them and thought not again," Metzger said. "Give credit to the girls they did not fold but instead went right after them."
The Seals (16-3) used an atacking offense and managed to sent a trio of players at Ally Yocum following a loose ball and Lacey Trautman easily booted the tying goal past the senior keeper with 15:12 showing on the clock to deadlock the score at 1-1.
Montoursville did its very best to come right back and constantly pushed the ball upfield against the Selinsgrove defense but was unable to get a clear scoring opportunity. However, with a change in emotion and small tactical move the Seals again were able to get behind the Lady Warriors' defense and had another trio of attackers in scoring position before Nicole Krebs was able to work herself open and calmly drilled a left-footed blast past Yocum with 9:56 remaining for the eventual winning shot.