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Eden field hockey team composed in reaching Wednesday's Class C final

EDEN MOVING ON — Emily Agle (left) and Eden earned a trip to the Class C final in field hockey. Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
Jen Carriero said she sensed a feeling of composure from her Eden field hockey team that may not have been there in the past few post-seasons, even at times during this latest regular season.

Playing through nearly an entire game of scoreless action, the Raiders used their composure to finally break through on the scoreboard, with approximately 1:30 left to play in the game.

Junior Molly Brockman scored what turned out to be the game-winner and then added her second, 30 seconds later, to put away a 2 – 0 win against Akron on Oct. 31 at Amherst; this game sent Eden to the Class C final.

Junior Mikela Nelson faced several shots and stopped them all, to earn the shutout in goal.

It was the first time Eden reached a Class C final since moving into the classification in 2011, a year after winning a sectional title in B-1. The Raiders will take on defending champion Barker in the championship game on Wednesday, Nov. 6 starting 5:30 p.m. at Amherst.

“The girls just seemed comfortable. They moved the ball well and worked together,” Carriero said. “Win, loss or draw, I couldn’t have asked for a better game from them.”

Each season, Carriero said she is happy with the effort her team gives, but this year in the playoffs, she said her players have come with a different attitude in their play and overall demeanor.

“I never walk away thinking my girls didn’t do their best,” she said. “There just hasn’t been that desperate kind of feeling. It all just worked. They all came together.”

She said what has also helped is that Eden has played on the turf for the past few weeks, helping prepare it for what laid ahead on the fast surface at Amherst. With the Raiders grass field in unplayable condition of late, they have practiced some at North Collins and played games at Pioneer.

Carriero actually called a time out after her team’s first goal against Akron, to calm her team down and warn the athletes about how the game can change quickly on the fast turf at Amherst. Instead, her team, playing with that composure, put the game away.

She also credited her six seniors for all, in some way, taking on leadership roles. They include captains Haley Brier and Nicole Greiner on defense and Sarah Woods, an attacker and defender, along with attacker Abby Waldorf and defenders Grace Koester and Melissa Brockman.

The Raiders will need to play with that same attitude to pull another upset, playing Barker, in the final.

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