In the pandemic version of high school fall sports playoffs, Clinton field hockey stands as a leader in the sport.
The Warriors and Holland Patent finished tied for the Center State Conference East title.
Both won a playoff-style game last Friday to improve to 9 wins and the tie that came when they played each other.
Last week Clinton moved on in the modified playoff system - this year will not see sectional championships - with a 4-0 win over a spunky Mount Markham team. Clinton scored twice in the first quarter and battled the Mustangs’ strong defense for the win and a game this week.
Finley Davignon scored the first of her two goals in the opening quarter off a pretty feed from Natalie Hearn. Gianna Trunfio, who now has 80 career goals, followed shortly after with a score.
The Warriors scored their other two goals before the half, with Davignon passing to Jenna Deep - the only player in the first half of the game in the 30s to play sleeveless - who send a low shot in for the third goal.
Off one of Clinton’s 23 corner shots in the game, Davignon blasted a shot that hit the Mustangs goalie in the pads and bounced back into play. The junior followed her shot with a diagonal smack to the corner for the fourth goal.
Clinton played out the game, which was at Mount Markham because of Clinton’s field conditions, by dominating play of game. Only twice in the final 30 minutes did action cross midfield to the Clinton goal side. Goalie Syndey Labayewski had no saves as the Mustangs had no shots on goal.
Coming off an epic game vs. Holland Patent, Clinton needed the first half to shake off being sluggish vs. Little Falls. The visiting Mounties took the only lead anyone has had on the Warriors...