The Pack embrace emotional state tournament environment

The Pack embrace emotional state tournament environment

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Everything the Lufkin boys' soccer team has managed to pull off this year, has all come down to Thursday. There are only two games standing in their way from becoming state champions.

Their state semifinal match up is against Tomball Memorial, and with a game that is filled with high stakes, emotional twists and loud fans, it also becomes a mind game. The Pack know the task that's at hand. They know they're up against a tough, defensive minded team, but also realize that being able to execute and get the job done in a state tournament environment is a game in itself.

"It's going to definitely be lite. Everyone's going to be buzzing. It's going to be crazy, but we're just going to have to play collective and play our game," said junior defender Kacy Bennett.

"We're going to be able to handle it," said senior midfielder Rodrigo Vargas. "We've had some tough emotions in some tough games, and we all handled that. We're just going in there, seeing it as another tough game. We got to get that win so we can go to the final."

For senior goalkeeper Terry Mark, it's simple.

"We got good players and they have good players. We are going to see who wants it more. It's all about who wants it," said Mark

The state semifinal is set for Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in Georgetown.

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