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Isabel Klatt turns it on in 2nd half to boost Garden City

Garden City's Isabel Klatt kicks the ball across

Garden City's Isabel Klatt kicks the ball across field during a Nassau girls soccer game in which Garden City defeated South Side 4-2 in Rockville Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Making a white ball roll across a green surface is a specialty of Isabel Klatt's.

An avid soccer player and golfer, Klatt's short game is strong around the 18-yard box and the putting green.

But on Tuesday during Garden City's 4-2 win over South Side, she got something of a mulligan.

"I had a breakaway in the first half," she said, "and I didn't realize the space that I had, so I took a shot and it went completely wide."

To borrow another golf term, she shanked it. Garden City coach Mike Heedles took her out of the game and gave her a lecture on going to the goal and capitalizing.

She made sure her next few chip shots were beauties.

The ball was about to roll over the end line until Klatt flicked it over the head of her defender, settled it, and chipped a cross to Kelly George. Her one-touch into the net gave the Trojans a 3-2 lead with 23:57 remaining.

"I was able to turn in enough time and got the inside of my foot on it, and I was able to hit it top corner," George said.

Just 1:27 later, Klatt received a ball down the right flank and sent a chip shot over the keeper's head and into the side netting to increase the lead to 4-2.

"He put me back in and from there I was like I'm going to focus now," said Klatt, who has won county titles with Garden City in soccer and golf. "I couldn't let that happen again. So it was nice to be able to make up for it."

Klatt helped open the scoring after her corner kick bounced through the box to Kerry Defliese, who scored on a bicycle kick for a 1-0 lead just 5:09 into the game. Deanna Weisenburger tapped in the rebound off a free kick by Emma Wieland to increase the lead to 2-0.

South Side (2-2-2) pulled even after Ally Diez and Maggie Modico each scored within a span of 3:10 to make it 2-2 with 27:10 to go.

But Garden City (2-1-3) then applied more pressure in the midfield, created more chances on the outside, and shored up the defense in the back.

"It's a really big win because we didn't have a great first half of the season," said Megan Seel, who anchored the back line. "It's a good morale boost."

As was Klatt's second-half performance on Tuesday.

"It must have worked, whatever I said," Heedles said with a laugh. "She hit that beautiful floater that is hard to defend and controlled the ball the way she usually does."

Her performance turned out to be par for the course.

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