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HERSHEY - When two teams know each other as well as Line Mountain and Greenwood, it's the little things that count most.

Minor moments of lapsed concentration can turn an evenly played game into a blowout in minutes.

This was the case November 6 when Greenwood used an eight-minute stretch of dominance to score three unanswered goals and defeated the Eagles by a 3-0 margin in their PIAA Class AA first round game at Hershey High School.

It was the third time this season the Eagles lost to the Wildcats, who were set to play the winner of Forbes Road and Shady Side on November 10.

Up until Brittany Fleisher scored on an assist from Kenzie Wirth with 2:17 remaining in the first half, Line Mountain head coach Jill Martz-Yisrael was very happy with the way her team was playing.

"I thought we played an outstanding first half of field hockey," Martz-Yisrael said. "I just said to my girls and my assistant that we looked like one of the best teams in the state in the first half. But we had an eight-minute period of the game where we just got outplayed and that hurt. It made the difference."

In the eight-minute span that crossed the halftime break, Fleisher scored all three of the Wildcats' goals. Wirth added another assist on a hard-hit cross just 2:13 into the second half and Jordan Burkepile fed Fleisher just four minutes later.

"I thought Kenzie made some nice reads tonight on the crosses she made when the holes were there," Greenwood head coach Kent Houser said. "Brittany had her stick on tonight, that's for sure."

After Greenwood scored its last goal, the Eagles were able to push the action offensively and tallied three shots and two penalty corners in the last 16 minutes, but none found the back of the net.

"They're an excellent team," Martz-Yisrael said. "They do the basics and the fundamentals well. They were really working around us in the second half. I thought in the first half we were really marking well. They stepped it up a notch in the second half and we got flustered and it took us after the second goal in the second half to get our heads back on straight."

The loss wrapped up Line Mountain's most successful season since 2000, and with a young roster the game provided invaluable experience for the future.

"We only graduate three seniors, so we're a young team," Martz-Yisrael said. "It's an accomplishment to get here and now the expectation is set to get back to this place next year and move on. I think one of the things we struggled with this year is being able to consistently play a full 60-minute game. That's what we need to figure out, where we don't have letdowns and allow our opponents to score."

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