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Emily Clarke scores twice as Garden City tops Ward Melville

Garden City forward Emily Clarke (28) heads to

Garden City forward Emily Clarke (28) heads to the net as Ward Melville midfield Sam Nemerov (11) defends in a game Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. Credit: George A. Faella

This run will end at some point. Garden City can't always produce dominant field hockey teams. A time will come when the curtain closes on this dynasty.

It has to happen, right? Eventually? Maybe?

Or not.

"I've seen that growth and transformation over four years," midfielder Isabel McKeown said. "It's amazing to experience that, seeing seniors move on and then, every year, we keep it going and new people make names for themselves."

Emily Clarke. Taylor Gladd. Kelly Aneser. AnnieMarie Kane. Bridget Bingham. Devon Heaney. Get familiar. They're among the Trojans' new wave of reinforcements.

Clarke scored twice and Garden City's defense stifled host Ward Melville, 4-0, Monday night in a non-league matchup of Long Island powers.

And this was supposed to be a rebuilding year. But the dominant win, Michaela Bruno said, "shows what we can still bring to the table."

Ward Melville is a longtime elite in Suffolk Class A. And Garden City, the Long Island Class B champ, has won a Nassau title in 19 of the last 20 years. The teams last squared off in 2012, with the Trojans winning, 2-1.

This time, Garden City (9-1) took the lead at 2:19. Off a corner, Bruno (two assists) fired a liner and Clarke redirected it into the cage. Clarke made it 2-0, off Heaney's pass, 17:36 before halftime.

"I was a little nervous going in because I know they're awesome," Clarke said of Ward Melville, which hadn't allowed more than one goal in any game.

Aneser and Kelly Gordon added goals and Sabrina Milone had one save for Garden City. Morgayne Rix, McKeown and Shannon Tierney played stellar defense.

Corinne Nocera had six stops for the Patriots (8-2).

"It's a winning tradition that we have to uphold," said Rix, a senior whose two older sisters won titles. "You're motivated to not be the group that comes along and doesn't succeed."

There will be one. Someday. But not yet.

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