NATSOT: River Falls 2011 sectional win over Memorial
McKenna Gruber/E.C. Memorial Junior Defender:
"Coach Schiefelbein had us sit in the middle of the field and look at the scoreboard, and think do we want to feel this way again, and we all realized it can't happen again."
After being eliminated by River Falls two straight years in the sectionals, the Eau Claire Memorial girls soccer team is determined to end what is now a three-year absence from the state tournament. With a team-first motto in 2012, the Old Abes believe they are on the cusp of a special season.
Asia Laudal/E.C. Memorial Senior Midfielder:
"We definitely have team unity, want to win together, not just for ourselves, but for one another so we play as a team."
Sydney Volbrecht/E.C. Memorial Senior Defender:
"The attention should not be on one person, work as a team that actually helps you win."
The Old Abes say practicing game-type situations has been vital to their success this year, a work ethic that has carried over to their performance on the field.
Ali Quarberg/E.C. Memorial Senior Forward:
"When we do drills like this everyday in practice, we make sure we focus on it as it correlates to our game."
Meg Van de Loo/E.C. Memorial Junior Forward:
"In high pressure situations, have 1-on-1 with the goalie, if you can slot it into the small space you'll have a better chance."
With the WIAA post-season still four weeks away, the Old Abes have plenty of time to get better, head coach Kit Schiefelbein says she enjoys being around this group of kids.
Kit Schiefelbein/E.C. Memorial Girls Soccer Coach:
"It definitely is a special crew, quite honestly we don't have a super star, we have a balanced attack, on any given night, six or seven kids can step up and score. One of our strengths that's not talked about a lot is our defense, they don't allow anyone near the goal."
Which is just fine with Old Abes goalkeeper Jenna Sturz who has allowed only four goals in 14 games.
Jenna Sturz/E.C. Memorial Junior Goalkeeper:
"I really get excited when I see my teammates score because obviously it not only helps our team, it helps me, takes pressure off because we're up again, it's fun to watch my teammates be successful."
That success the reason why the Old Abes are the Athletes of the Week. Reporting in Eau Claire, Bob Gallaher for SportScene 13.