Charlotte Latin played up to its seeding in the NCISAA field hockey semifinals.
The No. 1 Hawks earned a berth in the finals with a 4-0 win against fourth seed Providence Day at Overcash Stadium on Friday. Latin (15-3), which plays the winner of Country Day-Durham Academy (Saturday at 11 a.m.), earned a measure of payback for Providence Day’s victory in the same round last year.
“All the seniors and older girls talked about it, building up how they want this now,” said freshman forward Camille Kane, who scored a pair of goals. “They wanted it this year more than ever, so it got us really pumped to play and it was just exciting.”
Latin pounced early, with seniors scoring two of the first three goals to give the Hawks an insurmountable lead at recess. Mary Corbin Burlingame scored on Sarah Barry’s pass 22 minutes, 24 seconds in, followed by Leila Evans’ pass to Barry for a scoring blast at 14:06. On both occasions, the Hawks converted penalty opportunities that sprang from their sure offensive movement and pace.
“They came out strong,” Latin coach Deb Savino said. “Last year, we lost in the semis to Providence Day, so they were really looking for some of that back and really wanted it here and now. The seniors really led this team.”
Kane followed the seniors’ lead with a tally from 7 yards out on Evans’ assist at 9:42 in the first half, and a rebound off Barry’s pass with 21:05 in the second to close the scoring.
“As a freshman, I thought it would be awesome to win at least semis and then try to win finals,” Kane said. “I just tried to play my hardest and help my team out as best I could.”
Providence Day (14-6) struggled to keep up with Latin’s attack early, which limited the Chargers’ opportunities to counter. The second half was more evenly contested, but Latin had more than enough momentum to advance.
“Our girls played well but just didn’t play our game today,” Chargers coach Miki Osherow said. “We played Latin in regular season and it was 4-3 in double overtime when we lost, so it was set up to be a close game. We just weren’t able to execute when we needed to.”
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