LOUDONVILLE – The weapon of choice for the Three Musketeers in this version of the story by Alexandre Dumas is not a rapier, but a soccer ball.
The “Les Inséparables” don’t hang out at the Palace of Versailles, but have played two varsity seasons together at Shawrie High School, and were again this summer with the Albany Rush of a national pro league, United Women’s Soccer.
Their names are not Athos, Aramis and Porthos.
It’s Pips, Doodles and Peanuts.
And they are sisters.
After spending their entire lives shooting countless shots from kickboards in their backyards, Carrie, Megan and Katie Cron have gone their separate ways.
A reunion of sorts happened when senior co-captain Carey’s Siena team drew the new Megan’s Ulbani Great Danes 1-1 at Hickey Field on Wednesday afternoon, but it didn’t have the intrigue she could have had, Because Megan was on edge, Rush ruled out for the season with an injury sustained during the season.
Meanwhile, Katie continued to tear down the record books, scoring five goals in a 9–1 home win over Fort Plaine, and she committed to playing for the University of Buffalo, making the Crohn Sisters their first of three female athletes. . Small rural high school to play Division I sports.
It made for an interesting afternoon for his parents, Mary and John, who showed up at Hickey Field in a mix of costumes from both Sienna and Ulbani (slightly leaning toward the Saints. Carrie is, after all, a senior). Katie’s show was also the home game of the team.
Despite the sisters suddenly parting ways, they remain one for all and one for all.
Carrie “Pips” Krohn said after the game’s inception, “My dad was telling me before the game that it’s hard to even watch, because we’ve always been sisters on the same team, in life and in football.” Just nine minutes into regulation left co-captain Emily McNellis to score a goal with a clean cross.
“So I guess it was a little hard today knowing that part of me was no longer on my team. But apparently I support her, and I love her. And before the game, she goes, ‘When Till we win, you can score. So there’s a little bit of rivalry there, but it’s healthy.”
Megan “Doodle” Krohn said, “It was really hard not to be able to cheer and cheer against him sometimes.” “I definitely cheered a little when he created that goal opportunity, because I’m happy for him and happy to see him succeed.”
“We went to a doctor’s appointment this morning, and we were talking about it,” Mary Krohn said. “She’s like, ‘I’m torn. I want my sister to do well,’ but she wants Ulbany to win.”
John Krohn did not get to see Carey play at the end of the game, as he left before halftime for the drive from Loudonville to Shohri to try to catch the second half of Katie’s game.
Had he done so by then, he would have already missed 8-0 in Shohri’s first half.
The three sisters bring different skills and mindsets to football, and in the case of Kylian “Peanuts” Krohn, their signature is technical expertise as a goal-scorer.
The differences show themselves during their brutal backyard kickboard fight in a game that resembles handball with no rules, but the common thread is competitive spirit.
“Oh yeah, every day. It’s cruel,” said Megan with a laugh. “It definitely leaves you with a lot of bruises. We spent so many hours, the three of us, sisters, outside kicking the wall, thrashing each other. Death to the one who wins.” For. “
“We play some 2v2, and it gets pretty competitive,” said John, a college football player at Trenton State renamed The College of New Jersey. “Different characters come out in those games. Carrie is hypercompetitive, Katie has always wanted to be the most technical player and Megan is really easy… the middle sister.
The Crohn sisters — they have an older brother, John, who plays football in the CBA — come from strong athletic stock.
His parents are from small towns in southern New Jersey and met in Trenton State before moving north for employment. John is an engineer at the Knowles Atomic Power Laboratory in Niscuna, and Mary Shohri is a seventh-grade social studies teacher in the district who previously taught English and had daughters in the class.
In addition to John’s soccer career at Trenton State, Mary has four Division III national championship rings, two each for field hockey and lacrosse, was an All-American and is in the TCNJ Athletic Hall of Fame.
So Carey, who joined her Siena teammates ahead of Wednesday’s game in accepting the MAAC championship ring from the 2020-21 season, has something to do in the swag department.
Marie said before the game that the ideal scenario would be a 1–1 draw, with Carey scoring the Siena goal, and that’s just about how it played out. Carey had the first two dangerous chances that were blocked by Ulbani goalkeeper Cassandra Koster, and got another start late in the game, but passed it to McNellis for an easy touch.
“My angle of going on goal wasn’t my best, so I took the goalkeeper, committed her, and I heard my roommate and best friend call for it, and I knew she wouldn’t call for it unless That she might not be in a scoring opportunity,” said Carey. “So I put her across the ark, and she buried it. She was like, ‘Pips! Pips!'”
The nickname is short for “Pipsuke”, from the time she was a little girl.
“Doodle” is short for “megadoodle”—”just because that’s him,” John said—and “peanuts”… well, that’s the kind of nickname you give to baby sister.
“Pips and Megan are responsible, not so young,” said Mary with a laugh.
Katie originally made a verbal commitment to Hartford, but then the school announced that it would be dropped from Divisions I to III. John Krohn said that after Hartford de-committed Kelly, he chose Buffalo, where the aggressive-minded head coach Sean Burke’s style should match Katie’s skills.
“He’s invincible,” Carey said. “You can put her in any position, and she’ll thrive. She loves to be competitive, she likes to push herself. She reached 200 goals just the other day for her high school career. What she did I have a bad record in comparison to him.”
Meanwhile, Megan has a tough road ahead of the concussion, but has proven she can rebound during a protracted injury recovery, as she showed a year ago after ankle surgery that took her six months. was thrown out. Marie said the prognosis for 100% recovery.
If anything, the prospect of sitting outside her new season at UAlbany will make Megan even more hungry to take the field again and excel.
“Megan is such a stubborn kid,” Carey said. “And she’s so strong. Her ankle injury really took a toll on her mentally and physically. And she’s recovered, I think she’s playing the best she’s ever had.”
“She looked amazing with Rush, she worked really hard, her fitness was there, her skills were phenomenal, and it really took an unexpected turn for her, and my heart really aches for her. Because She’s working very hard, and it happened at a really terrible time.”
Still, it’s hard not to imagine three sisters in the backyard someday dueling it.
Mary said, “Katie wants to score, Carey is happy working hard and passing the ball and Megan’s back on ‘D’ so they know what each other’s going to do, so it really Helpful on the field.”
“And they always have each other’s backs during games,” John said. “I have never seen any argument from him. They enjoy the experience together. There is a lot of coordination in terms of play.
“Sometimes one walks in the backyard,” she said with a laugh.
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