continued “We needed the second goal to kind of put the stamp on the fact that we were going to win the game,” said Broomhead.
Hanks’ goal lit a fire under Suffern. The Mountaineers launched their first two shots on Niskayuna netminder Emily King shortly after falling behind 2-0, but King kicked those aside. Suffern had another surge later in the second half, but it couldn’t get anything past King.
“My team has always played with heart this season,” said Suffern coach Bernadette Gannon.
Heart alone couldn’t help Suffern against a determined Niskayuna team making its first regional appearance since 2009. The Silver Warriors lost the last two Section II Class A titles to Shenendehowa before edging the Plainsmen 1-0 in this year’s final.
“They understand what it feels like to lose, and they don’t want to lose,” said Broomhead.
Niskayuna advances to this weekend’s state tournament at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in central New York. The Silver Warriors meet Section III champion Liverpool at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s title game.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Hanks. “We never thought that we’d be in this position after losing so many people last year (to graduation).”