For many if not most field hockey schools, an appearance in the sectional championship team would indicate a strong season. For Greene, sectional finals appearances are the norm, and championships are the expectation.
For the first time in eight years, Greene did not advance out of Section IV play when it was beaten by Whitney Point, 2-1, in the Class C finals. That Greene reached the sectional finals was a triumph in itself. The Trojans entered sectional play with an uncharacteristic 7-7 record, that just one year removed from an unbeaten state championship run.
Coming in as the seventh seed, Greene won back-to-back road playoff games to reach the sectional finals.
“Making it to the finals, it was a nice run, and coming up short is only making us work harder,” said Greene coach Sue Carlin, who won her 400th career game early last season.
Carlin did admit it was a little different not having a target on her team’s back, and instead played as an underdog. “We had to go on the road and beat good teams, but it doesn’t matter where or when you play teams because you’ll eventually have to beat them to reach your goal.”