They came into the season as defending champions with a 15 game winning streak and a huge target on their back. Sounds too hard to do it all again right? Well not for this years Roosevelt girls soccer club.
"We knew coming into it that it wasn't going to be easy, but Clay really prepared us and we came out with the outcome we wanted," Roosevelt Senior Midfielder Courtney Almendinger said.
The Riders capped off their 2013 season with a 1-0 win over Lincoln in the State Championship. The game was knotted at zero until the 78th minute when Grace Behm kicked in what would be the game winning goal.
"It was a relief to get that goal, that late. It was kind of nice because we only had about 30 seconds left to defend and win it," Roosevelt Senior Defensemen Ricki Yasgar said.
The win was also the teams 29th consecutive and their back to back title run. So how did coach Glascow keep his squad motivated to repeat what they had accomplished the year before?
"He gave us a lot of encouragement and told us it isn't going to be easy. We knew it wasn't going to be, but him giving us encouragement and our team encouraging each other really helped to get us through the season," Roosevelt Senior Goalie Taylor Machacek said.
With another club soccer season in the books the sport will once again make their push to become sanctioned in South Dakota.
"Hopefully, sooner than later it will be sanctioned in the schools. I mean that is everyone's dream, coaches, players, and fans. It is time. It is time to get it in the schools," Roosevelt Soccer Coach Clay Glasgow said.
Whether the sport is sanctioned or not these Riders will savor their success. This year’s seniors remained hungry after a perfect season and overcame the odds to repeat. Will next years class make it a three peat?
"I think so. They are going to have to want it again and they will. The younger girls know we are trying to leave the team in good hands because our seniors left it good hands for us. As long as they work hard they will take it home again," Yasgar said.
Roosevelt will lose six key seniors to graduation, but they will bring in four new seniors next season.