Pittsford Sutherland was of no mind to let East Rochester continue its Cinderella role in the Section V Class B field hockey championship game Thursday.
The No. 4-seeded Bombers, fresh off a win over No. 1 seed Pittsford Mendon in the semifinals, kept the game even for 63 minutes but the No. 2-seeded Knights still pulled off a 1-0 win for their third straight title.
East Rochester (10-8-1) saw its Cinderella story end when Sutherland senior Camerann Smith converted a pass from Jamie Palmer for the winner. Senior Amy Fasel had setup the winning play with a pass from the left corner.
“I wasn’t expecting it to go in like that,” Smith said. “I was expecting someone to get the rebound. I honestly thought this game was going to overtime.”
Overtime appeared only natural as East Rochester junior goalie Johanna Smith continuously stymied every Sutherland shot in her vicinity as the Knights (16-1-1) spent the majority of the game in the East Rochester end.
“We weren’t really expecting them to beat Mendon and when they did we were really surprised, but we knew they were going to come out strong because they always do,” Camerann Smith said. “We knew this wasn’t going to be a breeze.”
The Knights shook off a scare of what would have been emotional loss when Fasel went down early with what appeared to be a knee injury.
Fasel fought through and made her presence known, with a hand in the winner.
“I’m speechless,” said Sutherland head coach Laura Davis.
“I’m really proud of these girls, that was their No. 1 goal for each and every single one of the girls on the team. At the beginning of the year they kept saying ‘hash-tag three-peat’ and they really wanted this.”
Sutherland moved on to the Class B regional where they face Iroquois of Section-VI at noon at Penfield. The Bombers take on Barker, the Section-VI Class C champion at 10 a.m Saturday.