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Originally posted June 11, 2012
Union player caps soccer career after injury
BY ERIC BAILEY Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
One of the top highlights of Saturday's Class 6A all-state soccer match was the opening kickoff of the girls' game.
Katelyn Rohling kicked the ball to a teammate, placing closure on the Union senior's soccer career.
The 6A East Girls lost against the West team 1-0 in Saturday's opening match. In the boys' contest, the East defeated the West 3-1 at Stillwater High School.
Rohling was devastated after suffering an ACL injury in the Redskins' first scrimmage, against Edmond North. Her season was over before it started.
The coaches cleared the way for Rohling to participate in Saturday's contest. She saw a few moments of action before coming off the field.
"I am excited," she said before the match. "Just being in the game for a few seconds is awesome."
The Rohling family is familiar with knee injuries. Katelyn's oldest sister, Amanda Rohling, who will be a senior at OSU, suffered an ACL tear when she was a Union sophomore.
"She helped me a lot," said Katelyn Rohling, who is eight weeks post-surgery. "She knows how it feels and has been through it."
Katelyn Rohling said her injury happened when she was performing a slide tackle. She immediately knew what it was.
"I heard the pop and everything," she said. "I was running back down the sideline in front of the bench."
Even though Rohling couldn't play, she still cheered on her team.
"It was really important," she said. "The (younger players) all look up to the seniors and I tried to be there for all of them even though it was hard."
Rohling will suit up one more time with good friends and Union teammates Ashley Martin and Maddie Rhodes. Then it's on to Oklahoma State as a student-only next fall.
"I had no idea (she would be selected to the all-state team)," Rohling said. "It totally caught me off guard. This is great."