AMHERST — Under the guidance of head coach Jeff Costello, the Barker field hockey team has been wearing down opponents all year.
As was the case on Thursday evening, in a Class C field hockey quarterfinal contest at the Amherst Turf Field. The Lady Raiders only scored one goal in the first 29 minutes, but provided constant pressure in the offensive zone that eventually tired the opposition.
No. 1 Barker went on to defeat No. 4 Holland, 4-0, and moves on to play No. 3 Eden in the Class C final, set for next 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday at Amherst. Eden defeated No. 2 Akron, 2-0, in the second semifinal, on two goals from Molly Brockman.
“We possessed the ball well,” Costello said. “As we got deeper into the second half, it seemed like we were the stronger team, and we wore them down.”
Barker opened the scoring five minutes into the first half, on a goal by Melissa Grosshans. The Lady Raiders were held scoreless from there until the final minute of the first half, when Olivia Denny got the ball point-blank in front of the net and fired a hard shot past the Holland goalkeeper.
The Lady Raiders made the score 3-0 early in the second half on a goal by Madison Greenwald, and put things out of reach on a slap-shot goal by a driving Heather Mason with 8:29 remaining.
Caitlyn Mason earned the shutout in goal for Barker, making four saves.
“We played well as a team,” Costello said. “We didn’t rely on any one person to do it all herself. Whether the rotation was offense-to-defense, left-to-right, or bench-to-field, it all blended well together.”