The first time you win a state championship, it's a surreal feeling.
You don't know whether to laugh or cry, scream or be speechless.
This was the feeling for the 2014 Perryville varsity soccer team as they completed an unbelievable run, winning over Soldan last year 7 to nothing.
New year. New team. But the goal is the same.
Head coach Jerry Fulton has tried to keep his boys focused on each game individually, but even the excitement of making it to the final four again has him giddy.
"It's just unbelievable," Fulton said with a smile. "If you had told me last year that we would get two chances, I would have been like, no way. One was more than anybody imagined, much less getting a second chance."
The team went on a 27 and 1 run last season, and felt the pressure to defend their title this year.
"It's just as exciting as it was last year," senior Eann Bergmann said. "It's a little bit different this year, being a senior, than last year just being a junior."
Regardless of if the team feels the pressure, the community has their back.
"Well, it means a lot because it's our senior year," senior Kaylie Sutton said. "And if we win it again, we can prove everyone wrong who said we wouldn't get it."
The Pirates take on the Southern Boone Eagles Friday at 2 p.m. in Fenton in the semifinal round.
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