GREENE – Greene scored so early and with such ease, one would have thought the Trojans were well on their way to a laugher. Section II champion Shenendehowa, 2-1 losers to Greene in last year's state playoffs, had none of that notion, and tested the Trojans (17-0) as much as any opponent this season.
Emily Conroe, who had a goal and an assist in last week's Section IV title game, provided the only offense in the state regional finals Saturday afternoon at Greene, and the 1-0 shutout victory sends Greene to its fourth straight semifinals appearance. "This was great for us," said Greene head coach, Sue Carlin. "We haven't been challenged a lot this year, but I thought we stayed very composed under pressure."
Carlin said her legs felt like Jell-o in the waning moments of a tense back-and-forth battle. Shenedehowa had at least three golden opportunities to tie the game, and in one instance, defender Caitlyn Bryce made a stick save of a reverse-stick shot by Nicole DaCunha that was headed into the right corner of the goal. "I think our kids stepped up defensively, and every one of them had to make a play – especially in the second half," Carlin said.