SCHUYLERVILLE — Emma McCart left her imprint on another championship game, and another win for Hoosick Falls over Johnstown.
The junior star scored a goal in each of the first three quarters to help the Panthers deny the Lady Bills 3-0 in the Section II Class C field hockey final at Schuylerville High School Sunday afternoon.
As an eighth-grader in 2018, McCart delivered the lone goal when Hoosick Falls edged Johnstown 1-0 to secure the area small-school flag.
“Emma plays in the league with my twins, and we prepared for her,” Johnstown coach Christine Krempa said. “I thought we did a good job of controlling her between the 25s. What she does [in the circle] is she gets her shots off.”
Johnstown (No. 1 seed, 11-4) got some shots off, too, but could not connect in a game that included 10 penalty corners for the Lady Bills and four for the Panthers (No. 2, 18-1).
“That wasn’t our game,” Krempa said. “I don’t think our strongest kids had their strongest games today.”
Hoosick Falls’ strongest kid boosted her season goal total to 41 with tallies in the first, second and third quarter, with that final connection by McCart all but ending Johnstown’s comeback hopes.
“This means everything,” McCart, a forward, said after Hoosick Falls’ fifth title game win since the 2013 season. “We knew we could do it. We were so determined.”
First-year field hockey player Marissa Landry made five saves for the Panthers, who got tough defensively and other times benefited from some errant Johnstown drives.
“Our defense didn’t let down,” Hoosick Falls coach Denise Campbell said. “And our goalie stepped up to the pressure and played well.”
“Our defense was on fire,” McCart said. “I’ve got to give them a lot of credit.”
Ava Kasulinous assisted on McCart’s initial goal. McCart , who was held without a goal in a 3-0 semifinal win over Granville, notched goals in each of the next two frames to gain her hat trick.
Hoosick Falls will play the Section III representative Sunday at Vernon-Verona-Sherill in regional competition.
“Hats off to Hoosick Falls,” Krempa said. “I think they’ll roll to the state final four.”
Johnstown earned its last Section II title in 2019 with a 7-0 win over Schuylerville, and no sectional or state field hockey competition took place last school year due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Johnstown made a return trip to the area final with a starting cast of 10 sophomores and juniors.
“A lot of people didn’t think we’d be back,” Krempa said. “We lost so many kids. Those kids made these kids stronger.”
Hoosick Falls 1 1 1 0 — 3
Johnstown 0 0 0 0 — 0
Hoosick Falls scoring: Kasulinous 0-1, McCart 3-0. Johnstown scoring: None. Goalies: Hoosick Falls, Landry, 5 saves. Johnstown, Haverly, 1 save.