High School Sports

Collinsville seniors lead Kahoks soccer past Granite City for regional crown

The Collinsville Kahoks’ postseason mastery over the Granite City Warriors continued Friday at McKendree University.

Seniors Alynnah O’Leary and Emily Holten scored two goals each, and midfielder Andrea Frerker also added a goal as Collinsville girls soccer ended the postseason hopes of the Warriors with a 5-2 win in the title game of the Class 3A Quincy Regional.

Collinsville (16-6-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes as both O’Leary and Holten beat Warriors goalie Viktoria Johnson. After the Warriors had a goal nullified by an offside call midway through the first half, the Kahoks scored again to make the score 3-0.

Alexandra Grote cut the Collinsville lead to 3-1 on a penalty kick late in the first half, but goals by Holten and Frerker in the final 40 minutes put Collinsville into the Edwardsville Sectional.

“Yes, it was physical out there. But its Collinsville-Granite City. It was a hard fought game like it always is,” Collinsville coach Clay Smith said. “ Sometimes we relax a little bit too much, and we had some opportunities to score that we didn’t take advantage of like we need to in the postseason.

“But against a team like Granite City — a conference rival — that we know well, I thought we were able to hold it together pretty well in the second half. I’m pleased. It was a good effort.”

The win moves Collinsville into the sectional at the Edwardsville Sports Complex, where it will take on the host school at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Kahoks’ win also marks the third year in a row they have ended the Warriors’ season.

Trailing 4-1 midway through the second half, Granite City had a second goal disallowed on another offside call. The Warriors managed to cut the Kahoks’ lead to 4-2, but Frerker iced the game late in the second half.

“It was a typical Collinsville-Granite City game like its been recently, where they (Collinsville) seem to have the upper hand on us — especially in the playoffs,” Warriors coach Kenny Prazma said. “But you can’t spot a team like Collinsville, with so much speed on top, a 3-0 lead.

“There were a couple of shots that maybe our goalie could have stopped. But Viktoria (Johnson) also made a few great saves for us.”