O'Hanlon scores all three goals in Garden City win
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DRYDEN, N.Y. - Legend!
If Haley O'Hanlon were walking around school Sunday, that's what people would be shouting at her.
"Basically, when you think something is so awesome," she said, "you scream it out."
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It's become something of a tradition at Garden City, and it fit perfectly Saturday because O'Hanlon's performance was . . . well, legendary.
The senior midfielder scored all of the Trojans' goals to lift Garden City to a 3-0 win over Burnt Hills in the Class A girls soccer state semifinals at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.
But did O'Hanlon think her performance was the stuff legends are made of?
"I just tried to do what I could to help the team," she said with a laugh. "The team effort was pretty legendary."
The legend continues Sunday at 1 p.m. when the Trojans take on the winner of Goshen Central and Honeoye Falls-Lima in the state championship game at Cortland Universitry.
O'Hanlon charged through the box and headed in a perfectly placed corner kick from Caroline Beaty to give Garden City a 1-0 lead with 7:03 remaining in the first half.
That would be all the Garden City defense would need. Goalkeeper Taylor Carpentier needed to make only four saves to preserve the win as the backline of Colette and Megan Seel and Kerry Defliese limited the scoring opportunities for Burnt Hills.
"We came out strong, shut down a couple of girls we knew were going to be threats, and just played our game," said Defliese, who marked and contained talented forward Morgan Burchhardt. "We worked so hard for this. I think we're going to win it."
O'Hanlon added an insurance goal on a free kick, firing into the back of the net from outside the box on the left wing to make it 2-0 with 17:11 remaining in the game. She struck again about seven minutes later on a nearly identical shot, only from farther out, to seal the win.
"I saw the goalie was playing far post and I was assuming she was kind of baiting me so I would go short," O'Hanlon said. "So I tried to chip it far post and she got caught off guard and it went in."
O'Hanlon backed up a text she sent to Garden City coach Mike Heedles earlier Saturday after he asked her how she thinks the team is doing. She responded, "Don't worry, Heeds. We got this."
"All the captains played well," Heedles said. "They're playing for each other and they're playing for their school. To get ourselves to the final match is very exciting."
O'Hanlon won a state championship as a freshman in 2010.
"She's amazing," Defliese said. "The goals just kept coming one after another, after another . . . Legend! Just, legend!"