TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) -- The top-ranked Chenango Forks girls soccer team won its second straight STAC title last week against Elmira. Now the Blue Devils are looking ahead to sectionals and states.
Leading the way for the Blue Devils is sophomore Emma Bough.
"She stands out as one of the best that I've ever coached," Chenango Forks head coach Christopher Walsh said of Bough.
"For her to only be a sophomore and to have this much impact on a team is pretty amazing," senior midfielder Brooke Maietta added.
This past week, the sophomore striker netted six goals in just two games, including the overtime winner in Monday's STAC championship victory over Elmira.
"Cassidy [Walsh] passed me a through ball, and I just ran past the defense and then shot it," Bough said describing her game-winning goal.
"I saw typical Emma just get by everyone and then shoot," added Maietta. "It's common for Emma to score the game winner, and I was just really happy for her."
"[Bough] shielded the ball well, and she finished, and she kept her composure," Walsh said on the play.
Maintaining composure when the game is on the line is extremely difficult, especially as an underclassmen.
But Emma Bough isn't like most underclassmen.
"It's nice having someone like that with a lot of heart, passion, and just leaves everything out on the field," Walsh said.
Bough has scored 24 goals so far this season, but talking to her coaches and teammates, you wouldn't know that.
"A lot of people would criticize that she's very unselfish," Walsh explained. "She knows when to take it herself and when to give it up, and it's applaudable for someone who's only a sophomore."
"Emma works so hard on and off the field, and she is a very unselfish player," Maietta added.
"I think I'm more confident this year than I was last year," Bough said.
That confidence helped Forks earn its second straight STAC title. Now the Blue Devils are 37-1 since Bough's arrival last year, but the selfless sophomore isn't surprised by her team's success.
"No," Bough responded when asked if she was surprised. "Because they're great teammates and they make you feel really welcome."
"I can't imagine what she's going to be like in two years," Maietta said.
The Blue Devils defeated Chenango Valley 7-0 in the sectional semifinals Tuesday afternoon and will face Waverly in the title match this upcoming Saturday, October 28 in Norwich.