women’s college soccer
Krohn is off to
good start for Siena
LOUDONVILLE — Carrie Krohn said the preseason ranking the Siena women’s soccer team received helped put a “chip on our shoulders” ahead of the start of their spring season.
“And, honestly, I knew from Day 1 that we were going to be a lot better than what we were picked to be,” Krohn said after her team’s win Tuesday at Saint Peter’s.
Siena was selected to finish in eighth place in the MAAC preseason poll, but Tuesday’s victory was the third in a row for Siena to start its season, as the Saints are off to their first 3-0 start since 2010. Krohn has been one of the major reasons for the team’s strong start, as the Schoharie High School graduate registered two goals and an assist in the Saints’ first batch of games on her way to earning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors Tuesday.
“She’s really put it all together,” head coach Steve Karbowski said. “She’s doing great.”
Known as “Pips” to her teammates — a shortened version of “pipsqueak,” a nickname she said her father gave her — the 5-foot-1 Krohn was honored along with teammate Leslie Adams, who was named the league’s top defensive player of the week. Krohn, a junior, scored both her goals in Siena’s season-opening win against Iona, which was played last Thursday after the team’s first two games were called off because of COVID-19 protocols. Those delays followed the team’s 2020-21 academic year’s season being moved from the fall to the spring because of pandemic-related concerns, and Siena opened with a 6-0 win against Iona.
“I think I was just super amped up. It had been over 500 days since we’d played,” Krohn said. “We all were just really ready.”
And they’ve stayed ready, which is a good thing since the Saints’ unusual season is being played with a sprint-like pace. As it currently stands, Siena’s entire regular-season schedule consists of six games being played during a 13-day stretch before the MAAC tournament starts April 9.
“It’s better than nothing,” Krohn said of the ultra-quick season, which continues at 5 p.m. Thursday with a game at Niagara.
That game against Niagara wasn’t officially added to Siena’s schedule until Tuesday afternoon. Karbowski said his team’s depth has been, and will continue to be, tested, but that’s a strength of this season’s Saints.
“And we’re not going to turn down any games,” Karbowski said. “They want to play.”
Siena won its first two games at home before topping Saint Peter’s 4-1 on the road.
“So we’re not only a competitive team at home, but also a competitive team on the road as well,” Krohn said. “I think we proved ourselves [with that win].”