Isabel Klatt knew this was the moment.
It was almost poetic. The Garden City senior was fighting off two and three defenders on the play, but she knew this was the chance.
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Kelly Donovan sent a cross from the right sideline to Klatt in the middle of the box with less than nine minutes remaining in the first half. Klatt got just enough on it to give No. 1 Garden City the lead and a 1-0 victory over No. 3 South Side in the Nassau Class A girls soccer final at Cold Spring Harbor High School.DatabasePast girls soccer champions
"When the ball came in," Klatt said, "I knew I just had to get some body part on it . . . so I just went up for it and it went great from there."
That body part was her head -- a part she has been working on throughout the week. Coach Mike Heedles focuses much of practice on headers.
"All it takes is a little redirect and the ball's in the net," Heedles said. "They did an awesome job as a team. They should be really proud of themselves."
Garden City (12-1-3) and South Side (8-5-4) have combined for four of the last five state titles. The only exception in that span is when South Side lost the state championship last season.
"We're all just so excited," Klatt said. "This is what we worked for this season. Just getting to this moment and we knew we'd probably be playing South Side and it just came out great."
After opening the season 1-1-3, the Trojans won their final 11 games heading into the Long Island championship game.
Garden City never panicked after the slow start and has given itself a chance at another state championship.
"It's been amazing," Klatt said. "I'm a senior now so it means even more."