GREENVILLE — With her first goal Friday night at Greenville, Schoharie senior Katie Krohn matched the Section II girls’ soccer goal-scoring career record that belonged to Brittany LaPlant.
With Krohn’s second goal, scored just more than a minute later, she moved past LaPlant, who played at Queensbury from 2011-15 before competing at Rutgers University.
“I wanted to score under the lights, a great environment, a lot of fans,” Krohn said. “I thought this would be a great night to break it.”
Her Schoharie squad needed her to break the record, down 2-0 early in the first half. Greenville ended up winning the non-league contest 4-3 that saw Krohn score all of her team’s goals.
“I did want to push [the Section II scoring record] out of my mind and just play, but when we went down 2-0, I was like ‘OK, someone [has to] score; I don’t want to lose this game.’”
She answered her own request, scoring her 211th career goal with 3:33 left in the first half.
“Haley (Drinon) crossed it in, I didn’t think the goalie would get to it in time, so I just stuck my leg out there and toe-poked it right over her and it went right under the bar,” Krohn said. “I kind of got lucky there.”
Then 80 seconds later, Krohn became the outright Section II all-time leader in goals.
She beat two defenders to the ball and went 1-on-1 against the Greenville goalie, but the goal didn’t come that easy. Her initial shot hit the crossbar, and then she sent the rebound into the goal for the record-breaking score.
“I did get a little lucky that it went through the goalie’s arms,” Krohn said. “It wasn’t an ideal finish, but it went in. A goal is a goal.”
Krohn is one of three Section II girls’ soccer players to register 200 or more goals in her high school career. Joining Krohn and LaPlant in that club is Brooke Pickett, who scored 208 goals during her five-year career at Stillwater. Pickett helped lead Stillwater to back-to-back Class C state championships as a junior and senior and is now a member of the UAlbany women’s soccer program.
The state’s all-time leading goal scorer in girls’ soccer is Chloe DeLyser, who scored 336 goals during a six-year career at Section V’s Marion. Krohn is the third all-time leading scorer, a spot behind Molly Petrucci, who scored 234 goals during a six-year career at Section VI’s City Honors.
Before Katie Krohn was Schoharie’s all-time leading scorer, her oldest sister Carrie — now at Siena — was the leader with 133 career goals
“My first few years I kind of went out and played, I had fun playing with my sisters,” said Katie Krohn, who is slated to play next season for the University at Buffalo. “As I got older, I did start to think about it a little bit because Carrie broke the [school] record and once she left, I was chasing the record that she set my freshman year.”
Krohn wasn’t finished, tying Greenville at three goals apiece with 14:04 left in the second half. The matchup stayed tied until Greenville scored as time expired in regulation; after an extended conference, the goal stood for the 4-3 final in Greenville’s favor.
Schoharie co-coach Tammy Drinon knew the youngest Krohn sister, Katie, would achieve great things on the soccer field.
“I saw it when she was 7 years old playing against our 10-year-old boys and schooling people — I mean schooling them,” Drinon said of the six-year varsity standout. “She’s the whole package.”
Friday, like many contests, Krohn was the focus of the opposition. She always had a person marking her and when the ball came near her, another opponent joined to defend her.
Three times Friday night, it didn’t matter.
“What makes her so dangerous is not only her speed, but she touches [the ball] perfectly to herself so that she can make a run on it,” Drinon said. “Her first two goals were not easy goals. They were incredible goals.”
Halftime: Tied 2-2. Schoharie scoring: Krohn 3-0, Drinon 0-1. Greenville scoring: Not reported. Goalies: Schoharie, Bland, 14 saves. Greenville, O’Hare 15 saves.