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October 31, 2013

Field hockey: Selinsgrove wins ninth straight district title

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Klinger, who was strong with the ball on her stick throughout, weaved through Sumfest, Harrison and Newlin from the right side of the circle to earn a corner that sparked a string of four in fewer than two minutes. During that stretch, Sumfest took a yellow card for a high stick in the circle and Selinsgrove did all it could to take a lead with a player advantage. Kline stood up to the challenge with four of her 12 saves.

"We were shooting at the goalie instead of trying to hit the corners or those little touch passes," said Seals coach Cathy Keiser. "You want to get the ball in the cage and I think we get too anxious sometimes."

Lewisburg had the same opportunity when Geneka Mahan was cuffed for the same foul with 9:40 to play, but the Dragons couldn't mount a similar attack.

So, with time winding down and Zeiders inserting the third of three straight corners, Nora Aucker left the ball behind her to Megan Wetzel for the bullet Zeiders tipped in with 1:01 showing.

The Dragons earned a corner in the final 10 seconds, but Harrison's play to Sumfest on the left side was deflected across the face of the cage and out of the circle.

"You fight, you fight, you fight ... and then you just get that crushing blow," said O'Connor. "We went down fighting and that's all we asked of our girls."

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