Bishop Dwenger coach Jeff Killion gave a halftime message without a halftime talk.
During the entire 10-minute intermission, with his Saints tied with Snider in Thursdays Class 2A sectional championship game at Carroll, Killion sat in his fold-up canvas chair while, to his right, his team sat on the bench.
I wasnt happy with them, Killion said. It wasnt our play, it was more our attitude.
But since Dwengers defense blanked Snider in the second half, the Saints attitude was considerably better when they walked off with a 2-1 victory.
Kellee Oshaughnessys penalty kick with 31:28 remaining in the match proved to be the difference, sending No. 16 Dwenger (13-4) into the East Noble Regional, where it will face either South Side or Norwell, which play in the Bellmont Sectional finals Saturday.
Oshaughnessy was pulled down by Sniders Karrina Smith a few steps into the goal box, which prompted the PK to be awarded.
In our previous game, she was on me, too, the whole time, Oshaughnessy said. When she came in, I knew it was going to happen again. I just tried to do by best and work around her and do all I could do with her on me.
She pulled my arm and I went down.
Snider coach Jim LaBorde, whose Panthers were denied a sectional title for the first time in nine years, said he couldnt dispute the call.
I couldnt see from the angle I had, said LaBorde, who stood with his team at the opposite end where the penalty occurred. I just got to trust the officials are doing the best they can. We live with it and go from there.
It was also an officials call that played a part in the Saints first-half goal.
Lining up a corner kick to the right of the Snider goal, Madeline Pollifrones kick curved into the goal, where it was kicked away by a defender. But the ruling was that the ball crossed the plane to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
Ive seen it happen many times over the years, Killion said. Were lucky that the line judge on the right side saw it. A lot of times they dont see it.
With its offensive intensity increased, Snider (12-3-1) tied the match at 1 with 5:18 left in the first half on Mckenzie Kells goal from the right side.
Both teams missed second-half penalty kicks when hand balls inside the box was called.
Sniders Meredith Shipman was eager to address the ball for a penalty kick with 10:06 remaining, but because the officials hand was still in the air, she stopped, stutter stepped, then hammered the goals crossbar. Then with a chance to put the game away on a penalty kick with 3:49 left, Oshaughnessy hit the left post.
It was a big game for us, Oshaughnessy said. We beat them earlier in the season, but we knew they would come back even harder and wanted it so much more because its sectionals. Its pretty rough and aggressive every time. We had to step up the intensity, and we pulled it out in the end.