There’s something to be said for efficiency.
The Garden City field hockey team scored on all but one of its shots on Saturday, staging a dominant offensive showing as the Trojans defeated Pittsford Mendon 6-0 in the NYSPHSAA Class B semifinals at Williamsville North High School in Buffalo.
The victory sends Garden City to the state title game at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, taking on nine-time defending champion Lakeland.
“We’re so determined,” said Kylie Tierney, who finished with three goals on the day. “Everyone wants it and we came out and played that way.”
Tierney got Garden City (18-0) on the board with 14:52 left in the first half, but the Trojans knew they could do more. Garden City focused on ball movement at the break, making sure passes went to sticks, and took control as soon as the second-half whistle sounded.
The Trojans settled into a rhythm in the second, moving around the Pittsford Mendon (15-5) defense with ease. Grace Kelly padded the lead with 23:41 to play, on an assist from Amanda Cerrato, and it was all Garden City from there on out.
“In the second half, we started with the ball and that was huge,” coach Diane Chapman said. “Once we scored that second goal, that definitely helps build the confidence. They relaxed and it really got rid of our nerves.”
Tierney netted two more goals in the half, scoring her third just over three minutes after her second, and said the Garden City offense was having fun on the field.
“The energy was there and we were all really playing off each other,” Tierney said. “We were all hyped up, it felt really good to be out there.”
Ella Heaney and Sydney Pappas rounded out the Garden City scoring as they both found the back of the net in the final five minutes of play. By the final whistle, the Trojans racked up ten corners, while giving up just one and allowing Pittsford Mendon only two shots on goal.
Now, Garden City turns its attention to one last game and one last challenge. The Trojans are hopeful their offense will hold its own once more and know that, with only one game left on the schedule, they can’t leave anything on the field.
“This was their goal, to get to the state final,” Chapman said. “Lakeland is an incredible team, but you’ve got to beat the best to be the best.”