The Eau Claire Memorial girls soccer team will be the team to beat in the Big Rivers conference this year. The Old Abes are coming off an amazing 2012 season which saw coach Kit Schiefelbein's team post a record of 24-0-3. Memorial lost in a shootout in the state quarterfinals and are determined to get back to Milwaukee.
Coach Schiefelbein says, "I think we have an outstanding midfield, our players first touch is still really intact, I think we'll be able to play quickly because of that first touch skill, our midfield is going to be solid, alot of speed up front and we return a lot of experience in our back four on defense as well."
Senior McKenna Gruber adds, "Complete hunger, we know that we get to the same spot as we did last year and there's no team out there that we can't compete with."
Adds senior Meg Van de Loo, "We've come back hungry and we are really going to work hard and try an do as well and even better as we did last year."
Across town, Eau Claire North is coming off a successful 2012 campaign, a record of 15-7-3. Coach Terry Albrecht's Huskies return several key starters including midfielder Shoua Khang who had a team-high 17 goals and 37 points.
Khang says, "I think it's taking shots, taking more shots because we tend to be more selfless, we pass it too much so I think we have to take the shots when we can, that's what we have to work on more."
Adds senior Nuavana Staack, "We're really confident this year, we think we can take this far, we had a tough loss to end our season, double overtime to River Falls, we were really excited, we wanted to face Memorial again. So we're coming out with a little bit of an edge, we want to get that win again, we want to keep pushing forward."