After a three-year absence from the WIAA state soccer tournament, Eau Claire Memorial is headed back to Milwaukee after beating Big Rivers nemesis River Falls in last Saturday's sectional final. Overall, it will be the Old Abes 7th trip to state, Memorial's best finish came back in 2005 when they were state runner-up.
Coach Kit Schiefelbein's team will take an unbeaten record of 24-0-2 to Milwaukee this week. The Old Abes will square off against Kenosha Tremper in the state quarterfinals Thursday afternoon. The Memorial players say reaching state was a season-long goal, now the focus is on winning a championship.
Ali Quarberg/E.C. Memorial Senior Forward:
"Playing a team we haven't played before is real exciting, we've seen a lot of teams two or three times, to get new competition and obviously good competition, it's going to be fun for us."
McKenna Gruber/E.C. Memorial Junior Defender:
"It's nice not knowing much, we just play soccer, don't worry about all the little things that we think they might be doing, we just go out and play."
Kit Schiefelbein/E.C. Memorial Head Coach:
"Soccer has a lot to do with confidence and momentum and when you step onto the field and you feel like your the team to beat, it adds to your ability to play with confidence and make the other team feel like again you're the team to beat."