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Taylor Gladd’s hat trick leads Garden City past Baldwin

Taylor Gladd of Garden City moves the ball

Taylor Gladd of Garden City moves the ball downfield against Baldwin on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. She scored three goals in the second half en route to a shutout win for Garden City. Photo Credit: James Escher

Taylor Gladd might be tied for the lead in goals in Nassau County field hockey, but the Garden City midfielder does not hesitate to pass.

“An assist is as just as good as scoring a goal,” said Gladd who also has nine assists this season. “As long as the ball goes in the back of the net, that is all that matters.”

The Cornell-bound Gladd scored three goals in a 6-0 win over Baldwin in Nassau I on Friday night, increasing her season total to nine. Gladd sits atop the Nassau leader board with 18 points.

“She has such a passion for the game and her skill set is second to none,” said Garden City coach Diane Chapman. “She is a quiet leader, but leads by her play on the field.”

The three-time defending Nassau Class B champions won their 28th consecutive regular-season game and have outscored their opponents 40-2 in the team’s nine games.

“The girls work extremely hard during the offseason,” Chapman said. “They want to maintain the standard that has been set by teams in the past.”

Julianne Larsson added two goals and Ella Heaney had a goal and an assist for the Trojans.

Kailey Brower had 13 saves for Baldwin (5-4), which arguably had its toughest week of the season facing, Massapequa, the defending Nassau Class A champions, and now the defending Class B champions.

Garden City (9-0) will travel to Northport (8-2) on Saturday (3 p.m.) and will face the defending Long Island Class A champions Ward Melville (10-0) on Oct. 10, in two highly anticipated non-league matchups.

“I think it will be great competition for us,” Gladd said. “These games will test us and help prepare us for the upcoming playoffs.”

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