Enterprise girls soccer hopes to bring home first state title

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Enterprise High girls soccer team is looking to bring home its first state title.

The girls are prepping to play in the state semifinals on Friday.

“Having even the opportunity to go to the final four our senior year is amazing because we went freshman year and hopefully this year we can bring it home,” senior Madilyn Webb said.

This year’s seniors think they have what it takes to go all the way.

“We are such a close team too, and if everyone, we all get along and we all do our best I think we can do it,” senior Ashlyn Purvis said.

This weekend’s mindset is believing in oneself.

“We’ve had a lot of struggles this season, and I think just believing in ourselves and knowing we can do it and giving everything we have on every single play,” Webb said.

Enterprise will take on Smiths Station in their semifinal matchup on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.

The teams met four weeks ago, and the Wildcats prevailed 8-3.

But Head Coach Jill Harrelson wants them to forget that and remember this a new game.

“I think the shape that we’re in condition-wise, if we play our game of soccer, we should be fine,” Harrelson said.

The season didn’t start off on the right foot.

The team lost six of its first nine games, and one senior suffered a season-ending injury in the very first game of the season.

“They deserve something good to happen to them just for their work ethic,” Harrelson said. “They play hard for Enterprise High School. They play hard for themselves and their families.”

The girls were devastated when their season was cut short last year.

That’s why this year they were aiming high from the beginning.

“We just knew we had to come back harder,” Purvis said. “We knew we had to push harder, practice harder to get to where we were.”

Harrelson said they’re peaking at the right time.

She and the girls agree that’s because of hard work and team chemistry.

“We just love each other, and we have a lot of fun at practice,” Webb said. “I know so many teams that come to practice, and they don’t have fun, and they don’t like being there, but we love each other. We have so much fun just being together, and I think playing for each other and playing for our team has made us successful.”

The focus is now on through balls, crosses, and shaking it off if they make a mistake.

If the Wildcats come out on top in the semifinals, they’ll play in the state championship on Saturday.

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