SCOTIA — Olivia Geniti didn’t know what she had until the fourth quarter of Scotia-Glenville’s Section II Class B field hockey playoff game with Glens Falls.
Then she added a couple more in a record performance.
The star forward tied the state record for goals in a game with her seventh and broke it soon after with her eighth tally to put the finishing touch on a 12-1 quarterfinal win for the Tartans.
“My teammates,” Geniti said in describing how she was able to pile up so many goals. “We all worked for it and kept possession.”
Geniti was the Tartans (No. 4 seed, 10-6) prime finisher, though, just as she had been throughout the regular season which began when the University of Maine commit knocked in seven goals in a non-league win against Corinth.
That performance by Geniti equaled the state record. A handful of other players had produced seven goals in a game before Geniti, including Johnstown’s Taryn Ringer in a 2018 win over Gloversville.
“We knew Liv could do it [set the state record] because she had seven early in the year, but after that, no one really talked about it,” Scotia-Glenville senior Angelina Regels said.
The record didn’t come up Tuesday until her mom Elaine Geniti, who was working the Tartans scorebook, said she needed one to tie the state record after driving home a rebound for her sixth goal early in the fourth quarter.
Later on Olivia Geniti tied and then set the state record with unassisted goals, her last goal coming with 2:55 left.
Geniti’s eight goals in one game will be the state’s unofficial record until it is certified by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
“I didn’t realize it until late in the game,” Olivia Geniti said of her goal total.
Scotia-Glenville coach Kaila Jackson wasn’t certain how many her senior captain had, either, as the game progressed.
“It’s not something I thought about. My thought was about winning the game,” Jackson said. “At the end I asked how many. [Elaine] said she had seven.”
Jackson wanted to keep her standout on the field despite the 11-1 score at that time, and Olivia Geniti completed her fourth-quarter hat trick with a drive in traffic.
“One, it’s her senior year and her last game on this field,” Jackson said. “It was a quarterfinal game. You could see we only had a couple of subs and we played them all.”
Olivia Geniti also had a first-quarter hat trick, and scored one goal in both the second and third quarters.
“She’s worked so hard and has been such a big part of our program,” Jackson said. “I thought it was important that she gets the credit she deserves.”
Geniti scored the game’s first goal two minutes in and Glens Falls (No. 5, 2-15) answered 30 seconds later on a drive by Ciara Hirsch.
“We had a lull. We just weren’t anticipating that and we were a little slow to the ball,” Jackson said. “I just told the kids to get back to communicating, stick to stick passing and playing high-level hockey.”
Regels gave Scotia-Glenville a 2-1 lead on one of two Geniti assists. Geniti then made it 3-1 when, on a penalty corner, she accepted a hit-in by Regels at the top of the circle and drilled the ball into the cage with a hard swipe.
Regels and Geniti repeated the play on a second-quarter goal.
“I know when she [Geniti] shoots at me, it’s intimidating. It’s scary. I’m so glad she is on my team,” Scotia-Glenville goalkeeper Maya Westbrook said. “I have bruises that have lasted up to a month.”
Scotia-Glenville defeated Glens Falls for the third time this fall season. Scotia-Glenville will play at Foothills Council champion and top-seeded South Glens Falls (14-1) Tuesday in the semifinal round, looking to avenge a pair of setbacks against the Bulldogs.
Glens Falls 1 0 0 0 — 1
Scotia-Glenville 4 1 2 5 — 12
Glens Falls scoring: Hirsch 1-0. Scotia-Glenville scoring: Geniti 8-2, Riegel 1-0, A. Regels 1-2, Kramer 1-0, Darling 1-0, I. Regels 0-2. Goalies: Glens Falls, Drink, 33 saves. Scotia-Glenville, M. Westbrook, 0 saves.