Early goal earns Akron 1-0 win over Medina in Section VI Class C field hockey title game

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 November 2023 at 9:59 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Emi Batista and Akron’s Madison Gates battle for the ball during the Lady Tigers narrow 1-0 win over the Mustangs in the Section VI Class C title game at Newfane this evening.

A goal in the opening seconds proved to be just enough as top seeded Akron nipped No. 3 Medina 1-0 in the Section VI Class C field hockey championship game this evening at Newfane.

Nevada Bergman’s goal just 25 seconds into the game was enough to earn Akron its fourth straight Section VI Class C title and a berth in the state playoffs Far West Regional on Saturday.

Medina had a number of scoring chances as the Mustangs had a total of 11 corner opportunities on the evening but could not capitalize.

Interestingly, Akron nipped Medina twice by that same narrow 1-0 margin during the regular season in route to posting a 12-0 Niagara-Orleans League championship campaign.

Akron, which is now 16-1, advanced to the final by downing No. 4 seed Barker 2-1 in the semifinals while Medina edged No. 2 Eden 2-1.

Medina’s Iyla Lilleby works to keep control of the ball against Akron defender Morgan Tomporowski.