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October 28, 2012

District 4 field hockey: Seals make a memory

Seven-time champs win semi in overtime

By Scott Dudinskie

The Daily Item

BLOOMSBURG -- Jenna Kapsar said it was all a blur, but when she tried to recall her game-winning goal in Saturday's district semifinals the details came back in vivid clarity.

A play so significant will no doubt be imprinted on her brain and those of the Selinsgrove players and fans for a long, long time.

The senior mid took a pinpoint pass from MacKenna Mahan and slipped a point-blank shot into the cage three minutes into overtime, giving the Seals a 1-0 win over Bloomsburg and a chance at their eighth consecutive title.

"I hoped it would go in the goal and it did," said Kapsar, who ended more than an hour of riveting hockey and was immediately swarmed by her teammates in the circle.

The fifth-seeded Seals (14-4-2) play No. 2 Line Mountain, a 2-0 winner over third-seeded Mifflinburg, in the District 4 Class AA final 5 p.m. Tuesday at Bucknell University. The make-up date, given the week's ominous weather forecast, is Thursday.

Top-seeded Bloomsburg, which was beaten by Selinsgrove in last year's title game, finished 18-2.

"I thought we'd get a good chance (in overtime)," said Panthers coach Chuck Baker, whose team hadn't played 7v7 in two years. "They're a great team, but it's not always the best team that (decides) 7-on-7, it's the team that makes the first mistake. We made one and they were there to capitalize."

The Seals struck on their first chance in OT. Geneka Mahan, who was distraught when lost to a yellow card midway through the second half, pushed the ball up the left side and crossed it to sister MacKenna on the far right of the circle. MacKenna Mahan's centering pass was on Kaspar's stick, though it put her back to the cage. She spun and swept it in past Panthers keeper Michelle Smith and back Kristina Kurelja, who had two huge defensive saves, taking the ball right off the line, in the second half.

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