MECHANICVILLE — The game’s first goal was scored midway through the first half, with ample sunlight still available.
By the time this game was done winding its twisting course, the sun had long since disappeared and so had 110 minutes of playing time. After a 2-2 tie, penalty kicks would decide whether Lake George or Schoharie went to the Class C championship game of the Section II Girls Soccer Tournament.
They went nine rounds — the initial set of five plus four rounds of sudden-death PKs — before Schoharie came out the winner. That brought Lake George’s season to an end at 15-1-3.
The game took exactly three hours, start to finish. The Warriors went about as far as a team can go without winning.
“We went nine kickers deep,” Lake George coach Stephen Kohls said, reflecting on the night. “You’re splitting hairs between two teams when you go that many kickers deep.”
Katelyn Krohn scored a pair of first-half goals to put Schoharie ahead 2-0. Coach Kohls changed the Warriors’ defense to put a marker on Krohn and their play picked up.
Gabby Marchello cut the lead in half near the end of the first half, stopping an outlet pass and booting a ball into the top, left corner of the net.
A Marchello try also set up the tying goal in the second half. Her shot bounced back out off the goalie and Sarah Kohls put it away to make it 2-2.
Senior goalie Samantha Jeckel kept Lake George in the game with several outstanding saves, including a diving stop just after Sarah Kohls’ tying goal.
“She’s had a phenomenal career for us,” coach Kohls said, “but today, save after save. ... It’s going to be tough without her. She had a fantastic career for us.”
Lake George had the better of play at some points in the second half and in overtime. But it eventually went to PKs. The tie-breaking session was tortuous, with each team having chances to win it, but Schoharie came out on top in the end by the unlikely PK results of 7-6.
The Warriors were playing in the sectional semifinals for the third straight year.
“The girls come in willing to work every day, and it really shows in the final product,” coach Kohls said. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of kids. Everything we ask them to do, they do. I couldn’t be more proud of them, the effort they put forth today, to come from behind again, and to get us into penalty kicks.”
Note: This story has been updated to correct the number of minutes played to 110.