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Garden City wins Class B final with Grace

Grace Kelly #5 of Garden City, left, gets

Grace Kelly #5 of Garden City, left, gets congratulated by teammates after scoring one of her four goals in the Trojans' 5-1 win over Cold Spring Harbor in the Nassau County varsity field hockey Class B final at Berner Middle School in Massapequa on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Credit: James Escher

Grace Kelly kept finding the ball on her stick, so she kept taking the shot.

The Garden City senior scored four goals, leading the top-seeded Trojans to a 5-1 victory over No. 2 Cold Spring Harbor in the Nassau B final at Berner Middle School.

It was Garden City’s sixth straight county title.

“The ball found me at the right time,” Kelly said. “I just wanted to keep pushing it.”

Garden City (16-0) got out a quick start, jumping out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Amanda Cerrato and Kelly, but Cold Spring Harbor refused to go down quietly. The Seahawks pushed tempo late in the first half and continued to attack early in the second, making it a 2-1 game as Caroline Walter found the back of the net with 24:34 left.

It was only the sixth time this season the Trojans have given up a goal.

“They were disappointed they let the goal in,” Garden City coach Diane Chapman said. “It was a beautiful goal, but every coach tells their team, you want to try and answer as quickly as you can.”

That’s when Kelly went to work.

She netted her second of the day less than two minutes after the Cold Spring Harbor (9-4) goal, scoring on a Garden City corner and giving the Trojans some much-needed breathing room.

“We wanted to come right back and hit them harder,” Kelly said.

Garden City settled back into its game plan after Kelly’s goal. The squad recorded five shots and five corners in the second half, while giving up just three shots and two corners.

Kelly wrapped up the Trojans’ victory with her final two goals, scoring with 13:28 and 1:15 left.

Garden City moves on to the Long Island championship, taking on Harborfields or Miller Place on Nov. 3 at Berner. The Trojans aren’t looking too far ahead, but the squad is confident and, heading into the next game, Garden City simply wants to stay on track.

“They’ve been working extremely hard,” Chapman said. “So we’ve got to keep the team spirit going and go forward with it.”

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