The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 25, 2013

Field hockey: Fast start helps Seals cruise to win in District 4 Class AA quarters

Daily Item

---- — By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- When it comes to the playoffs, Selinsgrove field hockey head coach Cathy Keiser likes to look at the records of the teams as having a clean slate and not what the teams did in the regular season.

The top-seed Seals outscored Danville 11-0 in the two regular season Heartland Athletic Conference Division I games.

Keiser also likes to see her team get off to a fast start.

The Seals did just that.

Junior Emily Klingler scored 53 second into the game, as Selinsgrove advanced to the semifinals of the District 4 Class AA playoffs with a 7-0 win over eighth-seeded Danville at Harold L. Bolig Memorial Stadium.

The top-seeded Seals (18-1) play on Monday night at 7 at Graham Field at Bucknell University against fifth-seeded Mifflinburg.

Selinsgrove won both games against the Wildcats in the regular season.

The Seals' defense didn't allow the Ironmen (8-9-2) to get past midfield until the game was six minutes in. And only twice in the first 10 minutes of the game did Danville cross the mid-field line.

Selinsgrove -- who had goals from five different players -- held the Ironmen without a shot on goal for the game.

"We have a great defense," Keiser said.

The Seals were up 3-0 in the first 10 minutes of the game as Klingler scored her second goal of the game on a pass from Horst six minutes in.

Horst then scored on a rebound off of Danville's goalie Kylie Edwards' pad two minutes later.

"Our goal was to come out and score early and keep focused on playing our game." Keiser said. "We can't get to over-confident and not play well, as you know what can happen to a team in the playoffs if they don't play well. We knew we had to finish strong."

Junior Brooke Zeiders made it 4-0 Selinsgrove at the halfway mark of the first half when she knocked in a rebound through the five hole.

The final goal of the first half came from Mackenna Mahan whose shot deflected off of a Danville stick and into the goal just under the cross bar.

Mahan put off surgery so she could be back in time to play in the playoffs.

"I have an ACL tear that is isolated so I missed nearly four weeks of the season and this is just my second week back," she said. "The knee is doing pretty well but it is holding me back a bit on my speed, but I am getting there."

Mahan, a senior, suffered the injury in the second scrimmage of the season. She scored the first goal of the second half to make it 6-0 Seals on a 2-on-1 fast break feed from Klingler.

Junior Caitlin Redd closed out the scoring for the Seals when she lifted the ball over the outstretched reach of Danville goalie Payton Shuman and into the far side of the goal after Shuman had made the initial stop.

"Overall, I was very pleased with our performance especially our passing and receiving work," Keiser added. "This group is a group that really gives you a true team effort."

Keiser went on to say that having Mahan back is also a good morale boost for the team.

"She's starting to get her speed back and right now she is compensating for that by playing smart and using her skills," she said.

Thursday's meeting was the third time this season the two teams had met. The Seals won 5-0 at home and 6-0 at Danville, who plays on a grass field.