COLLINSVILLE — Slowing down Collinsville senior Kat Roe in postseason games has been a futile endeavor for opponents.
Roe had two more goals Tuesday as the Kahoks defeated Edwardsville 4-1 in the semifinals of the Class 3A Collinsville Sectional. Roe has at least one goal in eight consecutive postseason games since last year.
"Another postseason game. I don't know what it is with the postseason that just brings me out," Roe said. "Two goals and two assists in an Edwardsville game? That's crazy."
The win gave the Kahoks (16-6) a second chance against Normal (18-5-1) in the championship game at 6 p.m. Friday.
Normal defeated Collinsville 3-1 on April 27 in the Adidas Tournament of Champions in Burlington, Iowa.
Junior goalie Holly Bluemner expects things to be different the second time around against Normal.
"I'm so excited," Bluemner said. "We played them in the tournament and lost, but now they're coming to our field and playing on turf. It's going to be a good game. We had a few injured players out (the first game). This will be different."
Senior Alyssa Reiniger and sophomore Sophie Sharos also converted goals for Collinsville. The four goals allowed by Edwardsville (13-5-4) were a season-high.
"We came out exactly the way we wanted to come out," said Kahoks coach Clay Smith, whose team took a 2-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game on goals by Roe at 5 minutes, 33 seconds and Sharos at 9:31. "We got two very, very good goals.
"But like any coach, I wasn't satisfied after that. I felt like our intensity went down a little bit, maybe like the O'Fallon match. I talked to them in the locker room at halftime about keeping that intensity up and not letting off."
The Kahoks also grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first half of the O'Fallon Regional championship game against the host Panthers on Friday, only to see O'Fallon tie the game at 2 in the second half before Collinsville prevailed 4-2 in penalty kicks.
The game against Edwardsville had a similar feel for the Kahoks after the Tigers inched within 2-1 on a 35-yard goal by senior Sydney Bloch that sailed over Bluemner's outstretched arms at 34:14.
"That was a good goal. I'll give it to them," Bluemner said with a laugh. "She hit a great shot. She dribbled through most of our defenders and she got a good shot. It happens sometimes."
But Roe's header on a flip-throw assist by Reiniger made it 3-1 at 47:39, and Reiniger sealed the outcome with a goal from a sharp angle on the right side to make it 4-1 at 65:16.
"All four of their goals were great goals," Tigers coach Abby Bohnenstiehl said. "But we've been a team all season that hasn't quit. Getting one before the half with Syd's goal ... was a good boost for us. As a coach, you always think that as soon as that goal goes in, with it being so far out, that's our spark. We got it."
Edwardsville outshot Collinsville 11-9 and enjoyed its share of possession in the game. But the Kahoks, with scoring threats at about every position, created higher-quality opportunities.
"A lot of our shots were from the outside, not really getting much on them," Bohnenstiehl said, discounting a first-half attempt by junior Tori Harbison that hit the crossbar. "Their (shots) were right there at the 6-yard box, almost. They were great shots."
Roe has 22 goals and 11 assists this season. She had 22 goals and 10 assists last year, earning News-Democrat Player of the Year honors. Reiniger has 15 goals and sophomore Mikayla McCarthy has 12.
"I'm amazed how well they work together and move the ball around," said Bluemner, who has a nice view of the Kahoks' offense from the other end of the field. "It's awesome."
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