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Port Chester Girls' Soccer on the Rise in '11

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Since 1997, when Port Chester instituted a girls’ varsity program, the Rams never had a winning season. That changed last year.

Port Chester qualified for sectionals and won its first sectional game on the way to the Rams’ most successful season -- a 10-8 record. The positive 2010 season had Port Chester immediately projecting to what could be in 2011.

“That felt amazing last year to know that we achieved something so great,” said senior Erika Avalos. “We were really proud of ourselves because a lot of the seniors, we have all played together since seventh grade. We were so determined to start playing again.”

Port Chester was in its third day of preseason Wednesday. The players were showing Coach Craig Holcomb that they plan on building on the success of 2010.  Following its breakthrough season, the Rams worked even harder during the offseason.

Port Chester Varsity Assistant Coach Danny Alvarado stepped up and volunteered his time and the girls did a spring-training session twice a week.

“He said you can come to work out and we did," Avalos said. "The numbers were good and we had fun doing it.”

The training did not end there. The girls wanted to keep it going, so they came in during the summer and did weight training, conditioning and drills. This helped prepare the girls for preseason.

“In soccer you either go hard or go home,” Avalos said.

Avalos said the numbers were good on the first day. However, she was a little concerned after practice ended.

“I thought the numbers were going to go down after that first day because practice was tough, but even though girls were tired, a lot of us stayed after and said 'let’s play some more,'” Avalos said.

Last year has instilled confidence in Port Chester as it prepares for the new season.

“After seeing what we did last year, and with our experienced players, we see all the enthusiasm we have,” Avalos said. “We know we can win and we are really determined to do it this year.”

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