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High School Field Hockey - District 4-AA Seimfinal
Selinsgrove 2, Line Mountain 1 (OT)

Eagles give Seals all they can handle

Line Mountain's Chloe Poltonavage stretches for the ball against Danville's Elisabeth Basset during the District 4-A playoff game Oct. 23. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

LEWISBURG • When Line Mountain field hockey Head Coach Heather Kieffer took over the reigns of the squad this season, she said she knew very little about the girls on the team.

“The only exposure I had to any of the girls was a few weeks of spring junior high hockey with the year’s freshmen,” Kieffer said.

So at the very first team meeting she held, Kieffer said she asked the seniors what they felt the team’s potential was.

“Without hesitation, Kortnee Schwartz said, ‘We can make states.’ The rest of the seniors nodded in agreement,” Kieffer said.

The Eagles came one win shy of that goal, dropping a heart-breaking 2-1 overtime decision to Selinsgrove Oct. 28 at Bucknell University.

“They proved that they were hard working all season long. The team may have fallen just short of their goal of reaching states, but they can certainly hold their heads up knowing that they played a hard-fought game here in the (District 4-AA) semi-finals,” Kiefer said.

Line Mountain knew this would be a tough game, facing the nine-time defending District 4-AA champions.

Kieffer said the Eagles had worked hard on adjustments to its defense.

“In particular, marking tight on free hits and also playing patient defense has been something we’ve been stressing all season,” Kieffer said.

Goalie Kate Campbell had a big game with 15 saves.

The games was locked in a scoreless tie through the first half. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead with less six minutes remaining in the second half on a penalty stroke by Chloe Poltonavage.

Line Mountain kept that lead until the final minute of regulation. The Seals scored with just 29 seconds remaining in the game on a goal by Emily Klingler with an assist by Brooke Zeiders.

That score held until the final minute of the first overtime, when Selinsgrove scored the winning goa on a shot by Meghan Wetzel with just 38 seconds left on the clock.

“I think everyone on the team would tell you that this season really had a lot of ups and downs, and most of them didn’t come on the playing field,” Kieffer said. “But just like a roller coaster ride when you look back on it, it was fun and you would choose to do it again. The girls love the game and they certainly proved that in many ways this season.”

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