HUMMELSTOWN - An unassisted goal by Donegal's Kayla Forrey brought an abrupt end to the Greenwood field hockey season.
Forrey's score, which broke a 1-1 deadlock that had stood for more than 40 minutes, was the result of a breakaway and was somewhat controversial after what appeared to be an imminent stoppage instead turned into the game-winning goal.
Donegal won the District 3 Class AA first-round game, 2-1, early in the seven-on-seven overtime period at Lower Dauphin High School.
Sentinel photo by LARRY?YOHN
Greenwood’s Katherine Barton (17) plays a ball in front of Donegal’s Rachel Robinson (9) and goalie Kylee Bair Tuesday in a District 3 Class AA?field hockey game.
"We got a call there," Donegal coach Jess Shellenberger said. "We took the quick free hit. I knew that was the difference. We caught Greenwood off guard, we were open and we shot" - and it went in.
Greenwood coach Kent Houser agreed.
"We had some things not go our way at the end," he said. "I thought the ball was coming out. I thought the ball was coming out, I felt our kids thought the ball was coming out (but play did not stop)."
The first-round loss was a bitter pill to swallow for the Wildcats, who advanced all the way the state final four a year ago.
Greenwood outshot Donegal 17-11, played solid defense throughout and was awarded 10 more penalty corners. But the 13-3 advantage in those scoring opportunities wasn't enough.
"We did everything but win," Houser said. "We played hard and we played well. We did the things we wanted to do - our passing and defense was sharp.
"This was great game - certainly well above the caliber of typical first-round district contests. It's a shame somebody has to lose a game like this."
The Indians' Morgan Ocampo opened the scoring as she took a feed from Kayla Walker's breakaway to give her team an early 1-0 lead.
Walker had four more breakaways in the contest but the Wildcat defenders did a superb job of recovering and preventing her from getting clean shots at the goal.
Sophomore Mallory Fortenbaugh scored the equalizer for Greenwood off of a Katherine Barton rebound with 10:32 to go in the first half.
The Wildcats came up short on several quality scoring opportunities in the second half.
Donegal goalie Kayle Bair, who stopped 16 out of 17 Greenwood shots, proved up to the challenge as she stopped a Fortenbaugh penalty stroke at the 23:07 mark after a Donegal player was called for making illegal contact during a Greenwood corner that prevented what would otherwise have been a Greenwood goal.
Bair later made a beautiful diving save at the five-minute mark to preserve the tie.
Wildcat goalie Nicole Willi, who made nine stops of her own, performed a highlight-reel save on a wide-open look by Walker in the final minute of regulation.
The Indians had one last chance to win it before overtime as they were awarded a corner with no time on the clock, but Rachel Robinson's shot hit the post.
After an empty Greenwood possession to start overtime. The Indians stormed down the field and Forrey's shot found the back of the net for the game winner.