Caledonia knocks off first playoff game, falls to top ranked team
The book was closed on the 2012 chapter of the Caledonia girls soccer season as the Warriors lost at Rochester Lourdes 4-1.
The top-seeded Eagles (13-4) got three first half goals from Olivia Galkowski and another from Katie Helt to advance to play No. 4 seed Byron (12-6) in the section semifinals Saturday. Laura Peter and Becca Roble teamed up for the Warriors (5-10-1) only goal of the game. Caledonia coach Tom Krinke said, “There is a reason they are ranked number one in the section. They shot extremely well from the outside. We knew going in that Lourdes would run parallel to the goalie box and then shoot or pass to an attacker cutting into the box. Even though we knew what was coming it did not help and we could not do anything about it.”
Caledonia advanced with a 2-0 win over Pine Island in their first game Oct. 9 as the Warriors never trailed in the match. Tressa King put the Warriors up 1-0 10 minutes into the match, and Trece Frank scored at the 65 minute mark to seal the win.
“It was satisfying because they knocked us out of the play-offs last year,” Krinke said. “The team played solid top to bottom. We out shot them 12 to six and were never tested in goal.”
The loss ends the prep soccer careers of eight Warriors, including Alyssa Albert, Skylar Schoh, Carlie Krueger, Rachel Mills, Remi Sonsalla, Hannah Russert, Laura Peter and Katie Meyer.
Krinke capped the season by saying to his players, “It was a good season with a great group of players. Thank you to the captains, seniors Alyssa Albert and Hannah Russert and junior Haley Halverson. They set a great tone for the team. They helped the younger players and me. They were everything I can hope for in captains. Thank you to all of the players that made this year enjoyable in spite of all of the crazy things that happen in a season. I enjoyed coaching all of you.”
– Brady Ambrose