EXETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Before Katie O'Donnell walked off the field, she hugged her surrounding teammates.
"No tears," the West Chester Henderson senior captain told them. "Great season."
Henderson lost in the PIAA state Class AAA field hockey state semifinals to Emmaus, 2-1, Tuesday at Exeter Township High.
"We put everything out there that we could," O'Donnell said. "I don't think we ever expected to get as far as we did."
West Chester Henderson (24-1), in its first state semifinals appearance, gave up a first-half goal to Emmaus' Kristen Mikelson.
Henderson tied the score with 15 minutes left in the game on Brianna Bolon's penalty stroke, but Emmaus (26-0) regained the lead three minutes later when Ashley Moxey scored.