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Madison West soccer prepares for return to state

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The Madison West girls soccer team understands the storied history of the program.

"It's also a lot of pressure because we know previous teams have done it," says junior goalkeeper Giselle Monette. "We know we should be able to do it too."

The Regents are set to make their 13th appearance at the state tournament. They have notched five state titles, the most recent coming in 2012. This group came into high school on the heels of that last state championship.

"It's definitely pressure, but, at the same time, you have a confidence like we've done this before," says senior midfielder Patty Grimmer. "We have the momentum right now."

Madison West is peaking after a rough start to the season. The Regents went just 1-3-1 against some tough competition to start the year. Throughout those struggles, head coach Peter Dermody kept the team focused on the postseason mission.

"Our motto this year was win the last six, which is the six playoff games towards the state title. So, that's kind of been the way we've looked at everything." 

The Regents are just two wins away from that goal. They'll face Eau Claire Memorial in the WIAA Division 1 semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m.

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