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October 31, 2013

Field hockey: Lewisburg goalie steps up in big game when needed

By Scott Dudinskie

The Daily Item

LEWISBURG -- Lewisburg coach Emily O'Connor said her sophomore goalkeeper "salivates at the thought of a big game."

Dentin Kline, though, couldn't have been too thrilled at the sight of Selinsgrove's Emily Klingler driving at her one-on-one with the district championship on the line Wednesday.

It wasn't more than a minute or so after Lewisburg's Cassie Sumfest was sent to the sideline by a yellow card that the Seals, sensing blood in the water, made an all-out assault on the Green Dragons' cage.

It began with Klingler's unimpeded run at Kline and ended four minutes -- and four critical saves -- later.

"We just kept pounding away," said Seals coach Cathy Keiser. "(Kline) played a great game."

Not long after Kline stopped Klingler's rush, Klingler again sailed into the circle and tried a reverse-stick shot that Kline stopped. Moments later, Kline sprawled flat on the turf to stone another challenge. Then she deflected a Lexi Horst tip.

"We did have some great opportunities when Cassie went out," said Klingler, "but Coach told us to keep our heads up and stay focused. We couldn't let that get into our heads."

Kline faced 15 Selinsgrove corners, 10 in the second half, and it took an impossible tip that deflected from her lower right to the far left corner of the cage about 3 feet elevated to beat her.

"It was a little intense, but I had belief in my team," said Kline. "They proved to me that they could do it, and I proved to them that I could do it."

"She's a big-game kind of gal," said O'Connor. "She steps up in them. She was amazing."

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