Lynn Haven, FL --- Friday night gave the Mosley Lady Dolphins soccer team something to cheer about.
The girl's traveled to Pensacola to face off against West Florida in the FHSAA Regional Semifinals and owned the moment, winning big 4-1. The green and orange were anchored by a great defensive effort and two goals apiece from Elizabeth Vikers and Kaylin Thomas.
Saturday, they gleefully returned to the practice field, as they have a quick turnaround to their regional finals match that takes place Monday over at Gavlak, as the girls are happy to get another chance to play at home and continue to make a title push.
"I've played and I've never gotten this far in high school soccer," says junior keeper Mariah Rinehart. "And to know that we're playing at home and we're going to have a crowd support us is very exciting."
"This is one of the best teams we've had, besides my freshman year when we went to final four," says senior defender Daniele Santora. "This has to be the next best team and I think we can make it to state this year."
While Mosley is back on familiar turf and has the home field advantage, their competition, is a state power and the favorite heading into the matchup.
But for the team, they don't being the underdog. In fact, their relishing the role.
"We know it's gonna be very competitive and I feel like probably for the very first time this season, we're going to be the underdog," says Lady Dolphins head coach Marek Betkowski. "Which is good to be like this once in a while after playing with tons of expectation. Finally, we will have a game where we'll be the underdog and it is good."
With only a few teams left standing and with how close they are to their title dreams, Betkowski sats they're letting nothing get in their way.
"I told the girls there's only eight teams left Eight teams out of many, many teams playing in Florida in our classification. So they know they can smell it. It's very close. And they're not gonna step back, they're gonna go for it."