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Refusing to lose


February 19. 2013 5:14PM
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BERWICK -- Chandler Ackers knows her collegiate field hockey career is right around the corner.


But she was not ready to let go of her high school playing days.


Ackers pounced on a rebound five minutes into the second overtime Tuesday night, scoring the winning goal in Crestwood's 3-2 victory over Greenwood in the PIAA Class 2A field hockey semifinals at Crispin Field.


With the victory, Crestwood (22-2) moves on to the state championship game Saturday at noon at Whitehall. The Comets will play District 1 champion Villa Maria, a 1-0 victor in overtime against Donegal earlier Tuesday.


Honestly, this is excellent, said Ackers, an Iowa recruit. We were not going to lose. Now we've got one more game.


Crestwood was dominant in the second overtime, pushing play and keeping Greenwood from countering. Outside of one rush, the Comets owned the final five minutes.


I'm speechless, Crestwood coach Elvetta Gemski said. They have to be exhausted. We talk about head and heart, and that's exactly what they put on the field at the end there.


Elizabeth Dessoye got the winning possession going with a steal in the open field during the 7-on-7 play. She charged toward the Wildcats (20-3-2) goal and was pulled down, earning Crestwood one of its 17 penalty corners.


Casey Cole ripped a blast from the top of the circle that was stopped by Greenwood goalie Katie Osborne, but the Comets earned another corner on the clear. And this time, they changed it up.


The play before went to Casey and she got the shot, Ackers said. The next time, we decided to dump it off to Lizzie (Dessoye). She got behind the goalie, then Mor (Morgan Kile) got a little tip off of it. Then I got free.


The game was a wide-open affair, with 51 shots and 35 corners. The first shot of the game was true, as Marissa Surdy sent a blast from the left wing past Osborne on a corner two minutes in off an injection pass from Ackers.


We came out real strong in the first half, Ackers said. We were down for just five minutes where we just couldn't get going. We gave up two goals, but (goalie) Dallas (Kendra) was excellent tonight. I have to give her credit for how well she played.


That goal stood alone for nearly 40 minutes. Then Greenwood was finally able to break through.


Taylor Tompkins cashed a pair of corners in a group of five picked up by the Wildcats in 2:49 to give the District 3 runner-up a 2-1 edge with 15 minutes remaining.


We got more corners, said Greenwood coach Kent Houser, whose team had 10 in the second half. We were creating a lot of offensive pressure and trying to play more in their passing lanes.


I thought it was a great game. Both corner teams were exceptional. It was really well played by both teams. It's a shame someone had to lose.


On a Greenwood turnover forced by Kile, Maury Cronauer was sprung free inside the Greenwood circle. Her quick shot slipped past Osborne to tie the game at 2 with 11:41 left in regulation.


This will be Crestwood's first state final appearance since 2004, when the Comets won the last of their four state titles. They've also been the state champions in 1988, 1999 and 2003, all under Gemski.























Greenwood0200—2
Crestwood1101—3


First half: 1. CRE, Marissa Surdy (Chandler Ackers), 27:56.



Second half: 1. GRN, Taylor Tompkins, 18:05; 3. GRN, Tompkins (Hattie Kuhns, Mallory Fortenbaugh), 15:16; 4. CRE, Maury Cronauer, 11:41.



Second overtime: 5. CRE, Ackers, 10:17.



Shots: GRN 21, CRE 30. Saves: GRN 13 (Katie Osborne), CRE 12 (Dallas Kendra). Corners: GRN 17, CRE 17.




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