Four very determined field hockey teams got their games in on Monday. Akron beat Wilson, 8-0, in a Class C quarterfinal played on the turf at Medina while Kenmore beat Orchard Park on its home turf, 5-1, in a Class A quarter.
Strong winds and rain from the approaching Hurricane Sandy claimed the four boys soccer games and two other field hockey games scheduled for the not-so-great outdoors.
It took a total team effort from the administrators at Akron, Wilson and Medina to make their game possible. The game was supposed to be played at 3 p.m. at Akron, the higher seed, but that quickly became unrealistic because of field conditions. With the OK from all three schools, the game was played at 1 p.m. at Medina.
“It was the short-spurt effort of everyone. Any one of them could have said no-can-do,” said Mary Borden, Akron’s coach the past 10 years. “If it takes a village, this time it took three villages. They were rational and pro-kid.”
Molly Jennings and Alisha Bell had three goals each and Victoria Triaga had the shutout. Akron (8-5) will play the winner of the Medina at Eden game.
Kenmore earned the right to host its game, but had no problem letting OP have the homefield advantage. “Our team has really good speed so I don’t think we gave up much. It made it a true game,” said Kenmore coach Jeff Orlowski.
Adriana King had a hat trick for Kenmore (13-1-2). Emily Markarian scored on a breakaway for OP.