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Proctor boys, Sauquoit girls head to states

By MIKE LEVIN

WKTV - Continuing our look at local high school soccer teams heading to states this weekend, we've got the Proctor boys and the Sauquoit Valley girls.

The Raiders are making their first trip to the final four, following their first ever wins at regionals and the Class AA Section III final.  They'll play Arlington Saturday at 4 p.m. from Faller Stadium's turf field in Middletown and are excited for the opportunity.

"It feels great," says goalie Refic Begic.  "Making history for the school, great feeling, showing teams out here that we are one of the best teams in the state, it's just a great feeling, can't even explain it."

"We have a speech that's just 'go for the glory' but not all the time," adds forward Kevin Gordon.  You got to be composed, confident, that's what coach's been teaching us.  As you can see we're getting ready with a competition, trying to keep ourselves in shape and everything."

A win Saturday and the Raiders will be playing for the Class AA Championship, Sunday at 1 p.m. from Faller Stadium's grass field.

The Sauquoit girls are going to their third semifinal in the last four years.  Tim Clive's team just keeps on reloading, after losing some great players to graduation the last few years.

Just like the Raiders, the Lady Indians have never won it all, but this team is confident enough to do it.

"You have four of the best teams in NY state, they're all undefeated," says Clive.  "We have to face them not knowing much, they also have to face us, which I think is great.  Who has the advantage?  We do."

"We're all extremely close, we all get along," adds forward Elisa Marchione.  "It's just the best time being around them, because everybody's always happy and smiling and they know how to take it serious and goof off sometimes."

Sauquoit's semifinal game is Saturday at Noon from Cortland High School.  If they win, the Indians advance to the Class C championship, Sunday at 11 a.m. from SUNY Cortland's white field.

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