SCHOHARIE — Wearing a smile, Carrie Krohn shook her head from side to side.
No, the senior said, the Schoharie girls’ soccer team was not going to lose any sleep because of the lone goal it had allowed Wednesday in its 8-1 win against Mayfield.
“Soccer’s not a perfect game,” Krohn said of the late score that prevented the Indians from their 10th shutout of the season. “There’s going to be mistakes.”
For several years, though, Schoharie’s errors have been scarce. Its dominance is nothing new. The program has made three consecutive appearances in the Class C state semifinals. This year, Schoharie is ranked No. 1 in the state in its classification. The Krohn sisters — senior Carrie, freshman Megan and eighth-grader Katie — lead the team, but Schoharie is more than just a talented trio and a supporting cast. In its first 12 matches, Schoharie’s outscored its opponents 79-5.
Last month, Mekeel Christian Academy head coach Andrew Lehning referred to facing Schoharie as like “playing a college team.” Wednesday, Mayfield head coach Tara Caraco — whose team had not lost in its last six games before playing Schoharie — described her team’s goal as wanting to better itself without worrying about the scoreboard.
“When we came into today’s game, we really just were talking about how to make ourselves better as a team,” Caraco said. “We really weren’t worried about Schoharie.”
“Because,” Caraco continued, “Schoharie is Schoharie, and their reputation precedes them.”
Schoharie (10-0-0, 12-0-0) didn’t waste much time Wednesday before separating from Mayfield (5-5-1, 5-6-2) in Western Athletic Conference action. Katie Krohn scored in the eighth minute to start the game’s scoring, Schoharie led 4-0 at halftime and 6-0 midway through the second half.
Katie Krohn finished with a goals and two assists, while junior Maddie Phelan had two goals and two assists. Carrie Krohn scored three goals, while senior Addie Cornell and sophomore Mackenzie Barton also scored for Schoharie. Mayfield senior Sydney Sheldon scored for the Panthers.
“This was a team effort, a family effort” Cornell said. “We did well. We stayed composed.”
Kevin Scofield, who coaches Schoharie along with Tammy Drinon, said the team’s close-knit nature off the field serves it well on the field.
“We base what we do here on family, traditions and just having good leaders,” Scofield said. “Our kids here, they represent the uniform very well and play hard.”
Each of the team’s players showed up to Wednesday’s game with hair in intricate braids, the result of a team party the previous night. There are songs they always sing together before games to get pumped up, while a Star Wars-themed stuffed bear is passed between teammates to recognize which player worked the hardest in the latest practice or game. That tradition started in 2014, shortly after the death of Steven Hoard, a beloved teacher in the Schoharie district.
“He’s our 12th man on the field,” Carrie Krohn said.
Schoharie’s looking to win its fourth consecutive Section II title this season. With the remainder of their regular season, Phelan said the Indians want to make sure their offense is well-rounded.
“Those three Krohns, they always have a target on their backs. Everyone wants to mark them, to shut them down,” Phelan said. “So it’s good if we start to get others to score more, too, because we’ll be more of a threat that way.”
Lopsided scores are the norm for Schoharie, but the Indians said they don’t struggle to stay focused.
“We don’t want to have a lazy game,” Schoharie senior Lily Caza said. “The more we push ourselves, the further we can go.”
“So we’re coming out every game like it’s the most important game of the season,” Carrie Krohn said. “We have things to get ready for, so we come out, play as hard as we can and don’t worry about the score.”