SAUQUOIT, N.Y. (WKTV) - This Sunday the US Women's World Cup team will be gunning for their first title since 1999 and their determination has inspired at least one local team. The two time Class C girls soccer state finalists from Sauquoit Valley have been watching the tournament and are excited about the USA-Japan matchup this Sunday.
"Watching Abby Wambach play it's just amazing, because I can look up to her and hope to be like her one day and players like her," says junior forward Elisa Marchione. "They're really good and I hope to be like them one day."
Senior defender Alex Benn says that the Lady Indians are learning a lot by rooting on the US team. "I think they'll do good, I'm excited to watch it, because it'll give our team an inspiration to go to states again and do just as well as we have been and maybe win this year instead of coming in second the past two years."
Head coach Tim Clive hasn't been able to do much with his team, other than observe his team's conditioning drills, since practices don't start until August 22nd.
But in the meantime, his team has taken it upon themselves to try and emulate the best US team in at least twelve years. "Their conditioning is fantastic. Because of that, my girls have picked up on it and they want to be up on this field, three days a week, because they know, watching the world cup, what it takes."
In addition to their conditioning, the Lady Indians, along with the Sauquoit Valley boys team, are running a free soccer camp every Saturday morning at the stadium from 9-11 until the end of the summer. The camp is open to Sauquoit girls and boys entering fifth grade to twelfth grade.