Lady Rams #1 in Class D


WKTV - Last season, the Remsen girls soccer team won their first ever section title and went to the state final four.  They're hoping for a repeat and maybe more this year.

"It was definitely an experience, we all got closer and we all wanted to win," says junior forward Erin O'Connor, a former NEWSChannel 2 Athlete of the Week.  "It was sad when we lost, but have two more years to go back at it."

"Two years ago, my first on varsity, we were happy to get to the section final, that was thrilling for us," added senior defender Emily Runninger.  "Last year we wanted to win sectionals and we did that.  This year our goal is states, so that's what we're shooting for."

Remsen is already 10-0 this season and looking good to go far again.  It doesn't hurt that Erin and twin sister Ashley are leading the way.

"We're still playing the same way we always do, we take one game at a time and we never get ahead of ourselves," says head coach Jim Wilder.  "We have a league championship goal which we always set and we're heading in that direction, as long as we don't fall apart."

The Lady Rams are ranked number one in the state in Class D, which is a great achievement, but it also puts a target squarely on them.

"It's not easy," says Ashley, a junior midfielder.  "I feel every team gets really pumped up to play us.  When we had our second game against Poland and our first game against Oriskany it was tough, they both scored on us first, but we wanted it and we came back."

"It's definitely great to know that we're ranked #1, we've worked for years and years to build up to it," says Erin.  "Now we know that we're #1 and it's a lot to carry on our back."

The O'Connor twins are Remsen's top players, but they're quick to point out how much talent is on this team.

"Our defense is really strong this year, Megan Will, our goalie, she's awesome," says Ashley.  "I feel we can follow through with our forwards, we can always count on them when they get the ball."

If the Lady Rams keep rolling at the pace they've set, it could be an exciting end to the season, if they win that all important state title.

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