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Lady Bills defeat Greene, 2-1

The Johnstown Lady Bills field hockey team celebrates after defeating Greene 2-1 to win the Regional championship and advance to the State Class C final four. (Photo submitted)

VESTAL — For the first time since 1997, the Johnstown Lady Bills field hockey team will be playing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C final four.

The undefeated Lady Bills punched their ticket to the final four with a 2-1 victory over Section IV Greene Saturday in the Regional Final at Vestal High School.

Anna Lee put Johnstown on the board with 20:55 left in the opening half when she collected a rebound off the pads of Greene goalkeeper Brooke Austin and slipped it into the cage for a 1-0 lead.

Just over 10 minutes later Taryn Ringer staked Johnstown to a 2-0 halftime lead when she collected the ball at the 25-yard mark, dribbled around four defenders before beating Austin for the goal with 10:11 left in the half.

Greene avoided the shutout when Alex Brown scored off an assist from Jess Unkel on a penalty corner restart with 10:51 left in regulation.

Austin finished with four saves in goal for Greene, while Abby VanValkenburgh made five stops for the Lady Bills.

Johnstown (19-0) will face Section VIII champion Carle Place in the Class C state semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday at Williamsville North High School, near Buffalo. The winner will advance to the Class C state championship match against the winner of Saturday’s match between Section I champion Bronxville and Section VI champion Barker on Sunday at 10 a.m.

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