Greene advances in state playoffs

GREENE – It’s November, it’s the field hockey playoffs, and the Greene Trojans are again in the mix for a state championship.

The Trojans advanced to the Class A state quarterfinals this Saturday at Shenendehowa beating Baldwinsville in its first-round contest, 1-0 in sudden-victory overtime here Tuesday night.

It was perhaps the toughest test of the season for the Trojans (17-0), who staved off some second-half and overtime offense by the Bees to earn the shutout win, and extend their winning streak to 37 straight games.

Greene finished with 10 shots and 13 penalty corners, but most of those shots and corners came in the final seven minutes of regulation plus overtime.

“We just needed to figure out how they played and how to crack them,” said Andrea Day, one of three Greene seniors, and owner of the game’s winning goal.

After a free hit by Abbey Wentlent moved the ball up the field, Day found herself in one-on-one situation with Baldwinsville’s defender. Day gained a leg up on the right side, and fired a shot while off balance that lifted high into the left corner of the cage at the 4:52 mark. Day raised her hands and screamed as she was quickly surrounded by her teammates.

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