Taylor Gladd knew that to extend its undefeated streak, the Garden City field hockey team would have to play well against an old rival Monday.
But the junior midfielder looked completely at ease in Garden City's 4-0 victory over visiting Carle Place, which was responsible for the one blemish on the Trojans' regular-season record last year.
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Gladd instinctively one-timed a pass from Devon Heaney on a penalty corner and put the ball into the left side of the cage to give her team the lead with 18:51 left in the first half.
Gladd also had two assists for Garden City, which will bring a 13-0 record into the Nassau Class B semifinals on Oct. 29.
"We were definitely really pumped up for this game," Gladd said. "The last time we played them [Sept. 10], it was really close, it came down to the last minute and a half, so we knew we had to be ready. They're our best competition."
Garden City pressured early on offense, often turning to senior Michaela Bruno, who carried the ball about 25 yards with each touch. The Trojans stayed in the attacking zone for most of the game and earned 14 penalty corners.
Carle Place started out strongly on defense and bunched together for a goal- line save 10 minutes into a then-scoreless game, but the Frogs wore down against an offense that had 29 shots.
Frogs goalie Megan McGuinness made 19 saves, but her team failed to put a shot on cage.
"They're a skilled team, an aggressive team and a well-coached team, so to be able to come away with that victory, I feel really proud," Garden City coach Diane Chapman said. "There weren't any easy goals. They made us work hard for every goal we had."
Heaney made it 2-0 when she converted a rebound in traffic with just under 10 minutes remaining before halftime. Emily Clarke and Kelly Aneser each had a goal in the second half.
Heaney praised her team for raising its game against a talented and respected opponent.
"The passing combinations between all of us worked really well today," she said. "We like to work on give-and-gos and support our teammates for the pass, not just dribble it up.''
She added, "We are happy with how we did, but we want to keep on moving forward. Our goal is always states, and we want to win it this year."