The Saline field hockey team used a fast start in its Division 1 state quarterfinal match Tuesday, scoring three first period goals and cruising to a 4-0 win.
The Hornets now advance to Thursday’s state semifinal match against Dexter at 7:00 PM. The other semifinal match will be Ann Arbor Huron and Ann Arbor Pioneer at 4:30 PM also at Saline.
Erin Reilly put the Hornets up on top 2-0 with a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the game and that is all Saline would need.
The Hornet defense clamped down on Forest Hills, not allowing any shots in the first half.
Hannah Jarvie made it 3-0 when she sent a backhand shot on net that was deflected up into the top of the net by an FHC defender with just under 12 minutes left in the half.
The Saline defense did the rest to keep it 3-0 at the break.
Forest Hills came out with more pressure in the second half, but could not find the net.
Jarvie made it 4-0 with 23 minutes left in the game when she broke down the right side and cut in front of the net and backhanded a shot between the legs of the FHC goaltender.
FHC continued to pressure the Hornet nets, but Eva Doorlag made a couple of nice kick saves to keep Central off the board as the Hornets held on to the shutout.
The semifinal matchup between Saline and Dexter is a rematch of a game between the two earlier in the season that the Hornets came out on top of 3-2. In that game, Dexter led 2-1 at halftime, but Saline rallied with second-half goals by Bridget Skelly and Devin Reilly to pull out the win.
Pictures by Mike Williamson