The Garden City field hockey team entered Wednesday’s Nassau Class B final seeking a fourth straight county title and after scoring just a minute into the game the Trojans were well on their way.
Sophomore forward Ella Heaney took a feed from Jennifer Medjid in front of the net and scored to give No. 1 Garden City an early lead in its 2-0 win over No. 2 Cold Spring Harbor in the Nassau B final at Adelphi University.
“We knew we had to come out fast and play hard early,” Heaney said. “Cold Spring Harbor is a very good team and it was important to get that early first goal.”
Heaney has been an important part of Garden City’s success this season compiling 10 goals and three assists.
“It is great to have youth like that and to have someone who is so skilled,” coach Diane Chapman said. “She has great handeye coordination and does so many great things. I am glad we have her on our team.”
Senior midfielder Taylor Gladd added a goal with 9:25 remaining in the first half, as she converted a penalty stroke to put Garden City up 2-0. Gladd, who increased her Nassau leading points total to 27, has tallied 14 goals and 13 assists.
Garden City (13-2) outshot Cold Spring Harbor 17-0 in the game and converted defense into instant offense. Goalkeeper Paige DeNatale stopped 15 shots for Cold Spring Harbor (6-7).
“Our team takes pride in preventing teams from scoring,” Chapman said. “To be able to do that against a team like Cold Spring Harbor is challenging, so I am very proud with the way that my defense stepped up and stopped a very potent offense.”
Garden City will face Suffolk Class B champion Miller Place on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Adelphi University in a rematch of last year’s Long Island Class B title game.
“We have faced Miller Place the past couple years and we know that they are very well coached and very skilled,” Chapman said. “They have been here before so they know what it is like. Hopefully we will be able to do what we are capable of doing and come out on top on Saturday.”