TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) - Saturday, Monday, Saturday. Three games in eight days and zero room for error for Chenango Forks girl's soccer. The Blue Devils are smack in the middle of that stretch as the girls try to repeat as Class B state champions.
Last Saturday, Chenango Forks took on unbeaten Waverly in the Section IV Championship game in Norwich. The Blue Devils needed a late comeback to force overtime to take down the Wolverines. Two nights later, Chenango Forks made the trip to Middletown High School for sub-regionals against seventh ranked Rhinebeck. Now, the Blue Devils are gearing up for a trip to Arlington High School on Saturday for regionals and a date with sixth ranked Albertus Magnus.
"This is going to be probably our hardest game of the season, but we can pull it off, I think," said Chenango Forks sophomore forward/midfielder Lauren Ashman. "If we just use the outsides, because that's what we are really good at, and if we finish, I think we can win the game and go to states."
"(Playing three games in eight days) kind of is physically (demanding), depending on how bad of a game and how many times I get tossed on the ground," said Chenango Forks junior defender/midfielder Lexi Bartlow. "But, I take ice baths a lot, so that helps."
"Our coach makes sure to tell us to hydrate, eat the right things, ice what's hurting us, and to take off a day if needed," said Chenango Forks senior defender Anastasia Rusnak.
"We just have to play our game," said Chenango Forks junior goalie Hannah Fuller. "We have to play with all of our heart and soul and if we do that and stay a family, nothing can stop us."
Game is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday at Arlington High School.