Carle Place coach Carol Nesdill could not find enough words to describe how well senior midfielder Samantha Reed played in Wednesday’s Nassau Class C field hockey final.
“Reed was all over the field today,” Nesdill said. “She did everything for us. She took corners, she took the defensive hits and she took the offensive hits. She played like an All-State player today.”
Reed had one goal and three assists as No. 1 Carle Place defeated No. 2 Oyster Bay, 4-0, at Adelphi University.
Julia Pascarella scored 2:16 into the first half on a beautiful pass from Reed. Only 40 seconds later, Reed set up Pascarella again to put Carle Place ahead 2-0. Reed added a goal in the second half and also assisted on the final goal, which was scored by Alexis Ruiz.
“Our goal today was to come out strong and prove that we deserved to be here,” Reed said. “We did a great job of communicating and passing the ball up the field.”
Carle Place (12-1) held Oyster Bay without a shot for the entire game, as Ruiz and Reed did a great job clogging up the midfield. Gigi Grady had 13 saves for Oyster Bay (1-12).
Carle Place will face Pierson/Bridgehampton for the Long Island Class C championship for the third straight season on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Adelphi.
“We have to keep up our intensity in practice this week,” Reed said. “We know we are facing a tough competitor on Saturday, but we will be up for the challenge.”
Nesdill added: “We are going to have our hands full with Pierson. They are a good team, but we have an outstanding goalie in Megan McGuinness, and hopefully she and Reed can carry us. It is definitely going to be a dogfight.”