Mechanicville – The wonderful Katie Krohn left another highlight-reel play for her coaches, teammates and fans to remember her during the Class C girls’ football regional finals on Saturday at Mechanicville High School.
Senior zigzag through four defenders before landing one of his patented devastating kicks, which hit the top of the crossbar and into goal to give Scorie a 1-0 lead with 12:26 in the first half. Jumped up It was the 68th goal of the season for the Section II all-time leading scorer, closing his career with 258 goals.
Unfortunately for Krohn and the 17-4-2 Lady Indians, he scored the only goal as Section VII’s Ausable Valley scored two goals in the second half to eliminate Schohari 2-1.
An emotional Krohn tries to fight back to tears during his final educational postgame interview.
“I just try to help my teammates as much as I can, like I always do,” she said. “When I have a lot of players, all I can do is get the ball to my teammates and play smart. I can’t dribble in front of everyone.”
Krohn, as always marked by a number of consistent players, prefers not to reflect on his outstanding individual career and instead discuss how his team exceeded expectations.
“We didn’t expect to go much further this year, so winning the sectional was an achievement in itself,” she said.
Shohri’s co-coach Tammy Drinnon, who shares coaching duties with Erin Kelly, knows that players like Crohn’s come along once in a lifetime — if you’re lucky.
“Working with Katie from the time she was in seventh grade has been wonderful,” Drinen said. “She makes every team better. She’s also going to make her next team a lot better in college. When she scored that goal, she had four girls on her. We didn’t have a lot of offense today, so unfortunately, we Couldn’t get him that many balls.”
Drinen told that the season of Shohri was one to remember.
“It was a good season. I am very proud of everyone,” she said. “But the pace definitely changed quickly in this game. i think they [the Lady Patriots] Were more physical than us. they are big. We are a very young team. We tried to push for that extra target but it didn’t work.
“Not many people expected us to be in the sections. We have improved our schedule and the Waterford game [in the sectional championship game] We showed how far we’ve come, because we’ve been in so many close games this year and that helped.
Ausable Valley scored a goal by Eddie Stanley, set up by Lily Keyser’s corner kick, and then attacked the game-winner when Jillian Bezio’s dribbler knocked out Shoharie keeper Jasmine Allen, who went through the net to try and cut the angle. had come out.
“We knew the corner kick would be dangerous, because his team is much taller than ours,” Drinen said. “And on the second goal, our goalkeeper came out a little late. But things like this can happen.”
Ausable Valley head coach Lindsey Douglas was not surprised by either team’s performance.
“It feels amazing to win. Our team played together as a team, and they believed in each other, putting the team first,” Douglas said.
“In the second half, I think being down a goal really gave us some momentum. We knew we had to score at least two goals to win, and we saw what Shohri could do. We had There was a plan in the beginning of the game, and we basically stuck to that plan. I knew we were going to score eventually. We executed our plan.”
OESJ’s comeback season came to an abrupt end when Wolves were defeated 5–0 by Section IX champion Mount Academy in the Class D regional final.
Young Wolves (10–10) started the season 1–7, still struggling to earn a sectional title thanks to coach Zell Benton.
“The girls went down a bit, and that’s what happened,” said Benton, whose team kept Mount Academy scoreless in the opening half, but then conceded five goals in the final 20 minutes of the game.
“We started 1-7 at the start of the season. We were young, and we were hammered,” she said. “No one judged us for being here. But the kids bought into what we were trying to do and they worked really hard. We had a tough schedule at the start of the season, and we were patted down. The kids have never played football before. In fact, the goals in our backfield today included a freshman, three sophomore defenders and a freshman stopper. We’re really young.
“But I’m really happy that the kids even got here. We would have loved to put the ball in the net, and if we did, I think it could have been a different game,” she said.
Mount Academy (16–1–1) played inspired football for head coach Jorge Vizvari, who is battling cancer and only returned to help coach the team in his last game.
“So far, I think my cancer treatment is a win,” Vizvari said. “But I need more energy, more air and more of everything. Yes, the girls played hard, especially in the second half. In the first half we got to know who we are playing against and what we need to do to win the game.” The girls were given ideas, they took information, and they played well.
“They are learning the game. This is the third year of the girl program. We had 10 years of games for boys, and they learned how to make football culture here. Girls didn’t have that culture until it was developed three years ago. They are all a bunch of lovely people. “
Two of the three Hoolit sisters – freshman Brooke and Junior Hilda – scored for Mount Academy. Tamra Ben-Eliezer and Esther Blow also scored. The final goal was an own goal when the OESJ defenders thought the game was already over because the time on the clock ran out. But officials were keeping the official time on the field due to some instances when the clock kept running erratically after injuries and late substitutions.
Ausable Valley 2, Skohari 1
Halftime Score: Shohri leads 1-0, Shohri scores: Katie Krohn 1-0. Ausable Valley Scoring: Eddie Stanley 1-0, Jillian Bezio 1-0, Kamrin Bezio 0-1, Lily Keyser 0-1. Goalkeepers: Shohri, Maddie Bland, 13 saves; AuSable Canyon, Jasmine Allen, saves 6.
Mount Academy 5, OESJ 0
Halftime Score: 0-0. OESJ Scoring: None. Mount Academy Scoring: Brooke Hulit 1-1, Hilda Hulit 1-0, Tamra Ben-Eliezer 1-0, Esther Blow 1-0, own goal. Goalkeepers: OESJ, Jade Bono, 12 saves; Mount Academy, saves Shayna Kaiser, 2.
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