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Slow start foils Cogs

May 12, 2012
Genoa-Kingston High School

GENOA – Too many injuries. Too many options taken away. And too much talent from St. Edward.

Genoa-Kingston’s girls soccer team struggled from the start against top-seeded St. Edward in Friday’s Class 1A Genoa-Kingston Regional final, as the Green Wave scored three times in the first 11 minutes en route to a 4-0 victory against the Cogs, ending G-K’s season.

“I don’t know what happened there, if we weren’t just prepared or if we were thinking we already [had] lost,” G-K coach Randy Tate said. “I really don’t know what was going through their minds. But those first 10 minutes really killed us.”

The Cogs (9-11) already were without three starters before the game because of injuries, and lost junior forward Shannon Schumacher to a foot injury in the first half and freshman midfielder Ashley Grimm missed half of the second half with a knee injury.

“It’s affected our last five games because they’ve been injured for all that time,” senior sweeper Lauren Orozco said.

St. Edward (16-7-2), which finished fourth in the state last season, cruised from the start. The Green Wave scored three minutes in on a long free kick by Kathleen Duffy. Seven minutes later, Chelsea Gnan fired a goal into the upper right corner of the net. And a minute after that, Allison Kruk finished an opportunity right in front of the net to effectively put the game away quickly.

Orozco said the Cogs adjusted after the early onslaught, but struggled early.

“I think we went into it thinking we were kind of equal with them, and we kind of let them just have it in the first 10 minutes,” she said. “After we started realizing how they were, we caught onto it.”

The Cogs struggled to get much going offensively, only taking two shots on net the whole game. St. Edward controlled the pace and possession, consistently getting quality shots on G-K keeper Alyssa Edwards.

With the game out of hand at 4-0 after a Kruk goal 12 minutes into the second half, Grimm had to be helped off along with St. Edward’s Kimmy Smith after the two collided knees at midfield.

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