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October 31, 2013

Field hockey: Selinsgrove wins ninth straight district title

(Continued)

The Seals (20-1) play a Class AA first-round state playoff game with District 2 runner-up Wyoming Seminary at 5 p.m. Tuesday back at Bucknell. They beat Seminary 4-1 on Oct. 4.

Lewisburg (15-4-1) -- the last team to win the district prior to Selinsgrove's streak -- plays the District 11 runner-up, either Northern Lehigh or Southern Lehigh, in a play-in game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Central Columbia.

Selinsgrove didn't play nearly as aggressive from the start as Monday, a nod to Lewisburg's playmakers and their defense-to-offense transition ability. Still, the more deliberate style generated the game's first five corners and a goal at the 13:34 mark of the first half.

"We tried to play smart because we knew it was going to be a tough game," said Seals junior forward Emily Klingler.

Zeiders was at the left post, ready to redirect Katelyn Hauck's shot from the top-left of the circle for a 1-0 lead.

"It's pretty difficult," Kline said of defending tips. "It's kind of a guessing game. You have to try to tell which side their stick's on, then go that way and try to save it."

Lewisburg played without a corner until late in the half, when Maggie Harrison moved left to right into the circle and left the ball for Cassie Sumfest in the middle to get a call. Haley Stanko handled Eliza Newlin's insert at the top of the circle, pushed the ball ahead to Maddie Scarr in the middle and onto Shannon Albright in front of the cage. After a brief scramble, Newlin pounced on the ball behind Seals keeper Courtney McCartney and punched in her third goal in two games with 1:16 to play.

"We certainly felt like we were in the game," said Dragons coach Emily O'Connor, "but that was the equalizer we needed to really feel confident about it."

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