Manlius Going into Sunday afternoon’s Sectiion III Class A field hockey semifinal match-up against Rome Free Academy, Fayetteville-Manlius’s Christine Carter-Huffman had only scored one goal during the entire regular season.
But when the final whistle blew, Carter-Huffman had added two goals to her total, and the Hornets rolled past RFA 3-0 to move on to play Cicero-North Syracuse in the Class A sectional finals.
“It was really nice to get two goals in the first half,” Carter-Huffman said, adding that, because it was sectionals, she said she was more aggressive on offense and really wanted to keep her season alive.
“The risk of losing and then not having to play ever again, it just really hit me and I wanted to win for the team,” she said.
Carter-Huffman’s first goal came 17 minutes into the match. After a penalty corner, the ball ricocheted off F-M and RFA players until Carter-Huffman whacked the ball past RFA goalkeeper Paula Amo.
The next goal came near the end of the first half. With two minutes remaining, F-M’s Erika Stube broke away from RFA defenders and found teammate Olivia Tejan, who missed an initial shot.
Luckily for F-M, Tejan collected the rebound and passed the ball off to Carter-Huffman, who finished the play off to extend the Hornet’s lead.
“She has really come along during the season,” F-M head coach Vulcano said of Carter-Huffman. “We knew she could do it, I don’t think she knew she could do it. Now she knows she can.”
F-M’s defense held strong the rest of the way, as RFA couldn't get any good looks at the goal. Then, with less than a minute left in the contest, Stube found the back of the net for her 14th goal of the season to ensure the Hornet victory.
“We knew going in that they (RFA) would probably have someone on Erika (Stube),” Vulcano said. "So I told the other girls that they needed to step up, and they did.