The Lufkin Panthers are where every team in the state dreams to be, but only two will have the chance to battle it out for a state championship title.
On Thursday, we saw the Pack take down Tomball Memorial in the state semifinal 1-0, but Lufkin certainly had multiple looks at the goal.
They will now play Georgetown East who won their semifinal game 4-2 over Clint Horizon, showing they have some offensive power as well.
“We're all excited. It's been hard to calm us down today. We've been restless. We've been waiting to go out and play,” said senior defender Jake Williams. “We know they're going to be a fast counter team so we know that we're going to have to be able to put numbers behind the ball. We're excited about how the team plays to our style. We think that we can definitely stop them no matter what and hit them back with the counter with our speed.”
At this point in the year, there's not much more you can do to prepare. It's just about executing.
“The main thing is to keep the players focused and that's not real hard to do. They've been on a mission and they're excited about tomorrow. It's all mental right now. We've had a long grind to get here and now tomorrow's the most important game,” said head coach Russell Shaw.
“It'd really mean everything if we won since we're coming from a small town. It'd be great for us to get this win and bring back the trophy for the first time in soccer history,” said senior midfielder Omar Zamarripa.
The Pack have won 25 consecutive games and expect to get their 26th win Friday when they play Georgetown East in Georgetown starting at 1:30 p.m. The game will be at Birkelbach Field.
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