It's their first state soccer championship berth, so it's reasonable the Deerfield Windsor Lady Knights expect a whole new ballgameâ"in more ways than one.
Working through the final days of practice, Deerfield is confident in their GISA-AAA Championship rematch against Stratford Academy. The two teams played in the opening weeks of the season, resulting in a 6-0 Deerfield loss.
Knights head coach Aly Joslin says a lot has changed since that outcome and his team is motivated to prove it Saturday in Macon.
"We've had a fantastic week, they've been really focused, and they've worked really hard. (It's) probably the best week of practice we've had in a long time, to be honest. It's a testament to their focus to know what's going on," Joslin said.
"You just have to go out there and play. Everybody's going to be nervous when they step out on the field, but once you get that first touch on the ball. It just all goes away," Lady Knight eighth grader Rachel Sullivan said.
The Lady Knights will have to win their championship in almost a pure road contest. Deerfield and Stratford play at Stratford Academy Saturday at 7 PM.