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Lady Hawks soaring in 2011

By MIKE LEVIN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The MVCC women's soccer team has built a great program over the last fifteen years thanks to head coach Steve Senior.  He's brought in a lot of talented players, many of whom are from the Mohawk Valley.

"We do get a lot of very good players here," says Senior.  "It's easy being a good coach when the area's rich in soccer, you get a lot of good girls that stay home and play here."

With eight wins in their first ten games, the Lady Hawks have started strong.  But they say they still have a few things to work on.

"We just try to possess the ball as much as we can," says Megan Chapple, a sophomore from Whitesboro.  "Sometimes we have a tendency to play a little boom ball, but we're working on that in practice and hopefully it'll all work out in the end."

"Everyone brings something to the table," adds fellow Whitesboro native Samantha Getman.  "All we got to work on is our passing, but we know how to finish and when we bring it, we bring it."

The Lady Hawks would love to get back to some of the success they've had in the recent past.  Just two years ago they won their last region title and in 2003 they won a national championship.

"We went to regionals last year, we know what it feels like, we didn't want to lose but unfortunately we did, we got really close to going to nationals," says sophomore Theresa Guardiano.  "I think all the returning players I can speak for them, we really want it, we want it bad."

"Last year when we played against Genesee we were all devastated," adds sophomore Victoria Reynolds.  "All of us wanted it, but this year I feel we really want it and we hope to go all the way."

But first they have to get through the rest of their regular season.  If they keep getting better and winning games, MVCC will be playing deep into the postseason.

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