It hasn’t been the senior season that Garden City’s Katherine Galzerano envisioned, but she’s still fighting for her dream outcome.
Galzerano could be spotted stretching on the field between plays Wednesday, battling leg cramps weeks after returning from a broken foot. She still made a strong contribution in No. 2 Garden City’s 1-0 win over No. 7 North Shore in a Nassau A girls soccer quarterfinal at Garden City.
Determined not to let the tightness confine her, Galzerano competed for a ball in the closing seconds until finally falling when the final whistle sounded.
“I just knew I had to push through it because I knew we only had 80 minutes to play,” Galzerano said, “and if we didn’t, this would have been our last game.”
Teammates rallied around the work put in by their two-way midfielder.
“It shows a lot of heart, definitely,” Megan Seel said. “Katherine’s one of the best players on our team, so it’s annoying that she’s hurt, but she’s fighting through it.”
“She’s just killing it,” Kelly George said. “Always giving 110 percent no matter how she’s feeling, and it really motivates the team.”
It was the second consecutive season North Shore and Garden City met in the playoffs, and it was a similarly hard-fought game.
The Vikings (11-4-2) won the Nassau AB-II title with a prolific offense. “We knew coming in here that North Shore was going to be a tough team,” Seel said. “Definitely the second half was scary.”
Garden City (9-4-2) scored 10 minutes into the first half, just as it did in its 1-0 playoff win over North Shore last year. Emma Wieland sent a free kick from 30 yards to George, who headed the ball past the outstretched arms of the Vikings’ goalkeeper.
“We’ve been working on that at practice, so I just tried to get a head on it like I have been,” George said. “It was just played perfectly and I was able to flick it in.”
North Shore continued applying pressure, challenging the Trojans’ back line of Seel, Jackie Morris, Gabriella Rogers, Kate Farrell and goalkeeper Kaitlyn Larsson, who had nine saves.
The defending county champions will play No. 3 Wantagh in the semifinals Saturday at Cold Spring Harbor High School at 5:30 p.m.
“We knew this game was going to be tough,” Larsson said. “Every game from here on out are going to be big ones.”