ONEONTA Greene has thought of itself as a state-championship caliber team, and now it has the opportunity to prove that mentality.
After back-to-back losses in the sectional finals to eventual state champion Maine-Endwell in 2004, 2005, the Trojans won their first Section IV field hockey title since 2002 beating Whitney Point, 3-1, Friday night at Oneonta State in the Class A finals.
Greene (14-3), whose only losses this season have come to Maine-Endwell and Marathon Class B and C champions this year respectively play an undetermined Section IX representative Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Milton.
Weve always thought that if you can get out of the section, you have a pretty good chance to do something at states, said Greene head coach Sue Carlin, who guided the Trojans to a Class B state title in 02.
The Trojans kept the pressure on from the start getting golden scoring opportunities from the first minute. Alesha Widdall, Whitney Points standout goalie with out-of-season experience on the upper levels of competition, dove, sprawled, kicked, and smothered a dominant Greene offense that needed to be nearly perfect to find the back of the cage.