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The UW- La Crosse girls soccer team is just getting started

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For the first time in school history, the Eagles are undefeated in conference play. 

" Before we've had to share the title with other teams so to have it our own and be undefeated really just shows what we have worked for and is just an awesome feeling," Junior Midfielder Maya Schmitt said.  

Maya' s freshman year the eagles made the tournament with a 12-7 record. 

" Now we know what it feels like, and now we are just anticipating the feeling of going back and bringing it all and showing what we can do," Schmitt said.

The Eagles learned there are no guarantees, as last year the Eagles went 14-5 and did not receive a bid to the tournament. 

" When you put it in the hands of other people, you never really know what you are going to get so I think they have really used it as motivation all winter long and you can tell in our play and our belief," Head Coach Jason Murphy said. 

" The WIAC tournament is super important," Senior Defender Hayley Stephens said. " It is the only way to guaraatee that you make it into the national tournament you know by winning that championship. Last year, losing in the championship hurt us and hopefully we can get there this year."

What makes this team so successful is the experience of the upper classmen and the talented new comers. One of those newcomers is Kaitlyn Villars who has a team high 12 goals on the season, and she is only a freshman.

" Honestly, I think it is just finding my place on the team," Villars said. " It took a little to get warmed up and figure out the style of play, but once I figured it out I have just been able to finish my chances i guess." 

This team is set to host a WIAC tournament semi final game on Thursday.

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