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Lady Warriors eye playoff return

By MIKE LEVIN

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Whitesboro girls soccer team is once again tearing up the pitch and not just because of all the goals they've scored.  This is a team that is balanced, experienced and on a mission to make a deep playoff run.

"As a group, very talented and they really are unselfish, the offense they always look to pass, they'll give up good shots to get other people better shots," said head coach Art Brown.

"We're all really close, we all live within a five mile radius, so it's all chemistry, no where each other's going to be at all times," added senior midfielder Brie Hetiz.  "We don't even have to talk on the field, we know they're going to be there."

Senior forward Ashley Williams agrees with her teammate.  "It's definitely a different group, though we're all alike in the same way, we like to say how we feel, but everyone's themselves out there, so everyone's great."  Williams has hat tricks in five straight games, 17 goals on the season.

The Lady Warriors know all about playoff success, as they've made the section final each of the past two seasons, though they lost to J-D both times.  But this year, Whitesboro is confident they can back there and win.

"We're going with third time's a charm, but we realize how hard we have to work," said senior midfielder Jen Deuel, who knows a little about winning a section title.  She was a part of the Warrior girls basketball team that won the Class A title at the Aud back in the Winter of 2011.  "We know we're going to have J-D somewhere along the road, so taking a day off, even if we get lazy, we know it's not going to help us out.  Just work hard every day," said Deuel.

"We know what we have to do, we have to move forward with the ball, keep passing it and just trust more and we can't let our nerves get us down, if we are down by a goal or two, we know we can come back and win it," added senior defender Mary Pastorelli.

The Lady  Warriors have nine seniors who would love to close out their soccer careers with a section title.

"I think it's more special because we've been working for so long, so hard each year, losing is hard, but after all the work you've been going through your whole high school career and being with my best friends, winning it together," said Deuel.  It's like Christmas in November, an early Christmas present I guess."

Of course before they even think about a section final, Whitesboro will have some tough competition in the regular season, from teams like Camden, Fulton and Liverpool, just to name a few.

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