CICERO – Greene returned to the site of battles lost, and vanquished the memories of those disappointments with an emphatic march through a two-time defending state champion.
The Trojans advanced to their fifth straight New York State semifinal blanking previously unbeaten Cazenovia, 4-0, Saturday in the Class C regional finals at Michael J. Bragman Complex.
In its previous two trips the the state semifinals – both played on the very same field – Greene was not beaten on the field of play, but in a penalty-stroke shootout. Greene nearly scored one minute into this game, tallied its first goal 6:58 in, and proceeded to throttle a club that had won 40 straight games and back-to-back Class C state championships. Futhermore, the Lakers (19-1) didn’t get their first shot on goal until 10 ½ minutes were left in the game – their only official shot.
“We felt coming in the pressure was more on them,” said Greene coach Sue Carlin. “They were defending state champions and had won 40 in a row. That’s why I don’t dwell on streaks. Our kids know they have to win the game.”