REMSEN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Last season left a bitter taste in the mounths of the Remsen Girls Soccer team. Just one year after making their first ever appearance in the state final four, the Lady Rams lost a heartbreaker to Chazy. After a giving up the tying goal with :50 left in regulation, the two teams went to multiple overtimes, then lost in penalty kicks.
"That was very frustrating," says head coach Jim Wilder. "The ride home was probably even worse than the year before, because we were there, getting over that hump and we didn't do it."
"It was a pretty emotional experience for the team," adds junior defender Emily DeVenezia. "It was a really rough time for me and everyone else. We took it straight to heart, but we're trying to use it as empowerment to get us back there. We want to get back there and redeem ourselves."
The two state final four appearances were big for the Lady Rams and great accomplishments. But they have bigger aspirations, like winning a state championship. First things first though, Remsen needs to take care of business in the regular season, which won't be easy, because everyone will be brigning their best. But with a lot of depth, Remsen is strong enough to navigate through to the playoffs without too many blemishes, if any.
"We have a pretty strong bench," says DeVenezia. "It seems like no matter how many people we lose, we've always got someone who's ready to step up and who's ready to fill that spot. Because we have a lot of hard working girls on this team. They're not 'oh I'm on the bench, I'm going to be there all season.' They're like 'oh I'm on the bench, I'm going to work my butt off to get on the field.'"
To go along with all that depth, Remsen also their super twins, Ashley and Erin O'Connor, back for one more run.
"We told each other we had next year, third time's a charm, we want to back and we have unfinished business is what we say," Ashley says.
"I just want to go back for my senior year, since we've been so close for the past two years and I want to know what it feels like to win states," adds Erin.
The Lady Rams have scored twenty-three goals in their first four games, an average of 5.75 goals a game. They also have shutout each of their opponents, courtesy of keeper Megan Will.
They're a talented team from top to bottom and they're united toward a common goal.
"We're a family," says junior defender Brittany Waterbury. "We're really close to each other and that's what coach said. We got to watch each other's backs. Even off the field, in school, in the community we're together all the time."
With their strong bond and committment to winning, you can bet the Lady Rams will be playing well into November again.