GREENE – Greene racked up penalty corner after penalty corner, but was unable to find the right connections early on in Saturday evening’s Section IV Class A title game against Vestal.
A two-week layoff contributed to the Trojans’ scoreless first half, but any lingering game rust wore off in a hurry, and the torrent of offensive opportunities yielded three goals – two in the last 2 1/2 minutes in a 3-0 shutout of the Golden Bears.
It was the third win this year for Greene over Vestal, and the second straight year in which the Trojans needed to beat Vestal three times. The reward for a sixth straight sectional championship is a regional final contest back on the Trojans’ home surface this Saturday at 3 p.m. against the Section II champion.
“It was a hard-fought battle and Vestal played us tough,” Carlin said. “Once we got the rust off, we played much better.”
Greene found itself in Vestal’s circle from the opening minute, but struggled to put shots on goal. Vestal’s penalty corner defense was negating shots or forcing harmless deflections. Even Vestal defender Samantha Howe made a stick stop of a shot by Greene’s Jahna Driscoll right in front of the goal. The Trojans did not allow a shot in the first half – or the game – and had 10 penalty corners, but nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. “Every time we touched the ball, we had two or three (Vestal) players right there,” Carlin said. “Hats off to them. We just had to work through it and get quality shots. We were finally able to get a couple to go.”