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October 3, 2012

Selinsgrove makes early goal stand up

By Scott Dudinskie

The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE -- When Selinsgrove scored on its first shot less than five minutes into Tuesday's game, the Seals had effectively turned the tables on rival Shikellamy.

It was nearly a month ago that the Braves took an early lead in the teams' first meeting and made Selinsgrove chase the goal right down to the final minutes of an eventual tie.

So it was Shikellamy's turn to chase the point, and that's exactly what the Braves did.

Through persistent mist and on the Seals' fast-playing turf, the Braves stood up to Selinsgrove's pressure without going into a defensive shell. They challenged several times in the second half but couldn't finish, taking a 1-0 loss in the "Pink Out" game for breast cancer awareness at Bolig Stadium.

"We didn't let our heads drop," said Shikellamy coach Holly Zimmerman. "In years past we would have let our heads drop. This year it's far and few between where (the opponent) has scored first and we've let our heads drop.

"We kept up with them."

Sophomore Brooke Zeiders scored the goal for Selinsgrove, which won for the seventh time in eight games. It was the Seals' fifth shutout in that span.

"We wanted to score early and I was pleased that we were able to do that," said Seals coach Cathy Keiser. "We wanted to get on the board again and get on again, but we weren't able to do that."

Selinsgrove (9-3-2) bolstered its HAC-I lead at 7-0-1, ahead of Mifflinburg (6-1). Shikellamy (6-5-1, 3-3-1 HAC-I) slipped behind Lewisburg (4-3).

The teams tangled between the 25s for the better part of five minutes before the Seals made a charge. Emily Klingler split a pair of defenders with a lead pass on the left side and bolted into the circle to catch up. Zeiders cut on a line from the left wing and got to the ball first, slamming it into the cage.

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