Action Sports Spotlight - U-E Girls Soccer

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 13, 2009 at 11:22 PM EDT

They are undefeated, unscored upon and ranked second in the state.
Problem is we've done that story before.
The Union-Endicott girls soccer team has maintained a high level of excellence.
Today in the action sports spotlight we look at the end of an era in Tiger stripes as UE gears up for a big finish to their season and high school careers.
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" There's a lot more pressure on you as a senior as opposed to an 8th grader. Because you're older and you have more experience, but being a senior is a lot more fun."
Winning makes it fun.
5 years ago head coach Bill Steponovsky saw some wins in his future. That's why he brought up a collection of 8th graders to his varsity team, a move that raised eyebrows in the stands and his athletic director's office.
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" It wasn't too long before everybody was pretty sold on it being a good move."
That group of middle schoolers included his goalie and what is now the most potent front line in section 4 soccer, learning together at the highest level.
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" I think it's definitely developed. In 8th grade we weren't the stars of the team. Not the core. We all had different playing time and now we've built together and just connected."
They fit in as well as 8th graders as they do now, making sure the new 8th graders on the team feel the same way.
" That's always been our thing. Our camp t-shirts say our family vs. Your team. We do everything together. It's amazing."
So after multiple STAC and sectional crowns, and 1 trip to the state finals, there is one accomplisment left for these Tigers.
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" Yeah this is our last chance so we want to try and go all the way. This is our last opportunity. If we don't do it now we'll never do it. "

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