MILLERSTOWN - A literal power outage turned figurative the Line Mountain offensive attack in Thursday night field hockey action at Greenwood.
Before a stoppage of play caused by a side of the field's lights going dark at the 15:22 mark of the first half, the visiting Eagles had built an early 1-0 lead and had already accumulated four shots on goal. Afterward, the Line Mountain sticks fell quiet as the Wildcats rallied to win 2-1 in overtime in the contest between two of the Tri-Valley League titans.
"This is a great win for us. It was one we knew we had to win and it took everything we had to get it," Greenwood coach Kent Houser said.
Early on it looked as though the Eagles had too much speed for Greenwood to contend with. Sophomore Celsey Long nearly missed breaking the scoreless tie on a breakaway nine minutes in. Fellow sophomore Chloe Poltonavage did find the back of the cage on a feed from junior Olivia Kleman at 17:01 to give Line Mountain a 1-0 edge.
Greenwood's senior backfielder Raina Sweger came up strong to make a nifty stop and skillfully cleared the zone to repel another Eagle incursion after that.
Then the lights went out, and for Line Mountain they never seemed to fully come back on.
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Although unable to score a goal before half, Greenwood took control of the contest and did let up. During a timeout Houser used the potential precariousness of the playing conditions to emphasize the importance of playing with urgency noting, "We were afraid the lights could go out again at any time and we could be in trouble."
The domination would continue in the second half as the 'Cats out shot the Eagles 5-1 and Line Mountain had no penalty corners for the remainder of regulation.
Midway through, Greenwood finally drew even. Following an extended period of attack time and a pair of blocked shots, senior Katherine Barton scored the equalizer off a corner at the 14:03 mark. Sophomore Kelsey Keener was credited with the assist.
The Eagles had a chance to retake the lead a few minutes later, but a shot from the side went right across the front of the goal.
The Wildcats had one last chance to win in regulation, but Line Mountain goalie Katelyn Campbell stopped a pair of shots in the final two minutes and Angie Klinger cleared a corner with 52 seconds to go.
The Wildcats got off a staggering five shot in overtime with senior Hattie Kuhns putting the final one home with 6:55 to go. The goal, which occurred on another corner, came off a feed from sophomore Mallory Fortenbaugh.
"Corner play is extremely important especially in overtime," Houser said. "We were able to generate shots (and one of them went in)."
Freshman goalie Nicole Willi had a strong night in Greenwood's cage stopping eight of nine Eagle shots.
Greenwood also won the JV contest, 4-1 tally.
The Wildcats head to Palmyra Saturday for tournament play.