Both Leahy and Krusemark are a part of a defensive system that essentially sees itself as an extension of the offense, always reading the play before it happens, moving the ball forward and often finishing each other’s sentences.
“People will always focus on who is scoring the goals, but not who is on the defense,” states Leahy. “Obviously the offense is a huge part of the game. The defense is where plays can start, but it’s also were plays can turn into a disaster.”
“So we’re just focused on being really stable in the back and not letting anything up,” elaborates Krusemark. “Because even one bad play can end up in a 1-0 loss.”
“It’s really important if we score goals that we’re not letting up goals,” concludes Leahy. “Because our offense works hard and we need to make sure we’re there for them.”
This outlook and communication has served them well, and they will need to rely on it one more time to get deeper into the state tournament than they did last year, making it to the state semifinals before falling to Canton, 3-0.
“It definitely starts now,” Krusemark says of the push to the postseason. For her it’s personal, since she was unable to play against Canton with a pulled hamstring.
“Last year, I didn’t know beforehand that I would be out,” says Krusemark. “It was kind of a last-minute thing that I had to sit out. So, this year I’m definitely ready to be there through the whole entire run.”
Both girls hope to hit it big in the final six games of the regular season and secure the number one seed again.
“We want to be a high seed and make a run, so we need to win our games now and that plays a big role in how we’ll do in the postseason,” says Leahy. “We need to focus on getting better each game. We have to focus on each game before we get to the tournament, because without winning those games, we don’t get very far.”
And once it is done, the team of Krusemark and Leahy will be a thing of the past.
“We’ve gotten pretty used to playing with each other, so it will be good to make a final run as a team,” says Leahy.