Poland coach Basel proud following state finals’ loss


Poland girls soccer has met their match.

For the second year in a row, the Tornadoes saw their season end in the state finals with a loss to the Chiefs from Wheatland-Chili.

“They probably had the edge on us in skill, size, speed and size, which are three pretty big facets of the game,” head coach Tom Basel said.  “I think we had the edge in goal and in heart, but it just wasn’t enough on that day.”

Despite falling short, Basel’s postgame words to his team remained positive.

“I told them to keep their heads up,” Basel said.  “There’s nothing to be ashamed of and there are hundreds of teams in New York that would like to get this second place trophy.”

Overall, the Poland girls soccer program remains strong, finishing the year with a record of 20-3 and reaching the state finals for the fifth time in the last six years.

“We leave with feelings of pride,” Basel said.  “I think we’ll be strong again next year and that having a strong schedule will help us improve so that when we do get on that final stage again we’ll be ready.”

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