CICERO, N.Y. - -- For an opponent facing the Sachem East field hockey team for the first time, the game plan in a nutshell, perhaps, goes something like this: "Watch out for Trombetta. Both of them. And keep an eye on Katie Doherty and Katie Shanahan. Oh, and Kyle Larkin is also a threat now."
But before halftime of last night's contest, the name Giordano bubbled to the fore as well.
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Yes, Taylor Giordano. The Flaming Arrows have developed another weapon opponents will soon become familiar with.
The junior scored a career-high three goals leading Sachem East to a 4-0 victory over Kingston in a state Class A semifinal at Cicero-North Syracuse. "I came in really pumped and eager to play this game," Giordano said, "but I wasn't expecting anything like this."
Neither was Kingston (16-1-1), a team making its first trip to the state semifinals in five years, a team that hadn't seen this version of Sachem East, the two-time defending state champions.
The Flaming Arrows wasted no time introducing themselves. Giordano took a pass out of a crowd from Shanahan and scored from just inside the stroke line with a reverse sweep 3:12 in. "She's so fast and has natural ability," coach Tina Moon said of Giordano, who only began playing field hockey last season. "Her feet move like she's a Flintstones character."
Well, yabba-dabba-do! The Flaming Arrows, now riding a 50-game win streak, will face Shenendehowa or Fairport in the final at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Larkin's goal made it 2-0 with 25:53 left in the first half, and Giordano scored again four minutes later. She added her third goal in the second half. Katie Trombetta had two assists and Desteny Holder made eight saves for Sachem East (21-0).
"Taylor has been coming in clutch and getting quick goals for us," Cara Trombetta said. Giordano also scored twice in the Suffolk final. "To see new people stepping up and doing well, as a teammate, is the most exciting thing."
It might be the most disheartening thing for anyone facing Sachem East, with its 33-deep roster, knowing each is capable of excellence.
And after Saturday night's performance, surely, those condensed game plans will soon be amended:
Watch out for Giordano!