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Lady Indians open season Tuesday

By MIKE LEVIN

SAUQUOIT, N.Y. (WKTV) - After making two straight trips to the Class C State Championship game, the Sauquoit Valley girls soccer team is once again setting their sights on a title.  But they know getting there won't be easy.

"We have to work harder in practice, really get these girls motivated to get to that level," says senior midfielder Alex Benn.

"Working together, our team is doing well so far and we hope to just keep it up and keep going forward and working together," adds junior forward/midfielder Elisa Marchione.

The Lady Indians lost some key players, none bigger than Sierra Kiss, who's now at RIT.  But with a talented and experienced core coming back, they're up to the challenge.

"It's very difficult to come back year after year after year," says head coach Tim Clive.  "People do expect winning programs to do a lot of winning.  All we're saying is we're going to be there."

The Lady Indians always have a tough schedule and this year is no different.  They'll begin their quest to get back to another state championship game at home Tuesday night at seven against Mount Markham.

"We'll definitely have tough competition," said Benn.  "Mt Markham is one of our rivals, so we just got to do what we can to figure out how to beat them."

Sauquoit is focused on winning and they've got the players to do it.  But even if they don't, the Lady Indians are grateful for what they've accomplished already.

"It's awesome, all the memories that we've made, they're unforgettable," says senior midfielder Nicole Burline.  "We all think about it everyday, we always talk about it and we always reminisce about everything."

"I have been blessed with tremendous players and I still have them this year, fortunately," says Clive.  "We'll just go one game at a time."

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