With two VVS players in front of her and a third to her right, Gianna Trunfio tapped the ball forward to her left to teammate Brooke Wollin.
Wollin responded immediately, finding the opening to the VVS goal while attention was still on stopping Trunfio. She flicked in the ball, scoring the game-winner as the Clinton field hockey team will head to the Section Three Class C championship for the fourth year in a row. The No. 2 seed Warriors will play top seed Camden Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Sauquoit Valley at 5:30 p.m.
Getting there required coming from behind to beat the No. 3 Red Devils on their home field, which was chosen as a Sunday semifinal location before VVS qualified for the game. Early on they played faster on the turf than did Clinton, which needed a little time to adjust.
The Devils came out pressuring, a necessary step to stopping a Clinton defense that had allowed just five goals coming into the game. It worked and VVS took a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the game on a hit ball from a crowd in front of the Warriors goal.
That seemed to wake up Clinton both on offense and defense. Natalie Hearn cleared the ball…