It doesn’t get old.
The Carle Place field hockey team captured its sixth straight county title on Sunday, topping Oyster Bay, 6-0, in the Nassau C final at Berner Middle School. The Frogs have made a habit of winning titles, but each victory is just as exciting as the last and another step toward a state championship.
“We want this more than anything,” defender Skylar Reed said. “We all play off each other and we all make each other better.”
Carle Place (9-3) came out firing early. Reed scored the first three goals, giving the Frogs a 3-0 lead with 12:06 left in the first half. Emiline Biggin padded the lead less than three minutes later as Carle Place controlled tempo on the offensive side of the ball.
The Frogs brought pressure from every angle, racking up 13 shots and 15 corners, keeping Oyster Bay (4-8) from finding any rhythm. The Baymen didn’t take a shot in the first half.
“The passing was incredible,” Reed said. “Everyone was working together and that’s what got us going.”
Carle Place didn’t miss a step coming out of halftime. Alexandra Iadevia made it 5-0 with 26:16 to play and Giana McKeough rounded out the scoring with just over five minutes left.
Oyster Bay goalkeeper Megan Cox was a bright spot for the Baymen, finishing with 19 saves, but Carle Place’s offense was too much down the stretch.
“We wanted to work on our passing game and keeping the field spread out,” Carle Place coach Briana Rubenstein said. “I think that’s exactly what the girls did.”
Carle Place advances to the Long Island championship, taking on either Pierson or Port Jefferson on Nov. 3 at Berner Middle School, and looks to capture its third title in a row. The shine of that game hasn’t worn off, either, and after their dominant showing in the county final, the Frogs are anxious to keep lighting up the scoreboard.
“We’re going full force,” Reed said. “It started here and we’re bringing it to the next game and the game after that.”