It’s still a bitter memory for the Washburn girls soccer team– the 2012 State Championship game where they fell to Richmond in penalty kicks.
“Losing to them- it was a heartbreaker,” Senior Nicole Olson said.
“Even me sitting in the stands, it was horrible to lose to a team like that,” added Senior Carsyn Koch.
The Washburn girls are hoping it won’t happen again when they take on Richmond in the Class D State title game on Saturday. The Beavers already have a lot to be proud of- coming off a 13-1 regular season, and out-scoring their opponents 20-2 in the playoffs. Coach Marcie Barbarula says this team is one that will no doubt, play their hardest in the title game.
“This group of girls- they don’t give up,” said Barbarula. “They are dedicated- all through harvest, I had the majority of the players at practice, They just come out each game and work hard and play the full 80 minutes.”
The Beavers are a team that’s very similar to last year’s squad. While they lost three senior starters, they’ve gained some new faces who have helped them get where they are today. The rematch with Richmond is set for 3pm in Bath, and the girls are hoping for a better outcome– one that will have THEM bringing home a gold ball.
“All of us have had that in the back of our mind,” said Senior Carmen Bragg. “So we’ve had a lot of drive and we hope we can capitalize on that this year.”
“We’re working ten times harder this year to make sure the better team comes out on top,” said Olson.
“We do have the potential to beat them,” added Koch. “We’ve gotten this far and they’re a good team, and we’re a good team so really it could be anyone’s game.”