Poland taking in run to state final four

Poland girls soccer is back in a familiar spot.

For the fifth time in the last six years, the Tornadoes are in the state final four.

"It feels really great," senior defenseman Olivia Clemons said.  "Growing up I watched (the Poland girls soccer team) go this far.  I sat on the sidelines and cheered.  It's kind of like watching my heroes grow up and now maybe kids watching us think we're heroes."

Poland has once again put together a dominant season, going 19-2 and outscoring their opponents 39-1 in their last eight games, all wins.  However, that doesn't mean the Tornadoes' run has come without tense moments.

"In any tight game you start to question whether or not you're doing the right things as a coach," head coach Tom Basel said.  "I'd say the closest moment we had this year was in the regional game against Delaware Academy."

In that game, the two teams went into overtime tied.  Then four minutes into the extra session, Taylor Clark broke through with what proved to be the game-winning goal.

"When Taylor scored it was a great feeling," Clemons said.  "We knew we had an advantage and then when the refs called the end of the game, it was amazing."

Poland now needs just two wins to take home their first state title since 2012 after losing in last year's final 2-0 to Wheatland-Chili.

"I think the big goal for us was to make it back to the final four and we accomplished that," Basel said.  "We always want to win the brass ring and we've come close a few times, but we want to enjoy our experience as well."


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