FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. (WRCB) -- It's state playoff time for high school soccer programs across the Tennessee Valley, and one team especially thrilled to be making another appearance in the postseason is the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Lady Warriors.
The team returned eight starters from last year to post a perfect 16-0 region record this season, with experience and chemistry playing a key role.
"When you're on the field and you feel that connection, you can communicate without even talking, it makes things easier," said senior Kalina Hyde.
Fellow senior Mary Casey agreed: "This year we feel like a complete family. We have our fights, but we always come back and we love each other."
The Lady Warriors boast quite a resume as the state playoffs begin, having climbed to ninth in the latest state soccer rankings following the program's first-ever back-to-back region championships.
"All season we've been trying to coach them to never be satisfied, and learn from game to game, and to continue to try and improve and thankfully we've been able to do that," said head coach Jonathan Schneider.
Claiming a number one seed in the Class AAA playoffs, the Lady Warriors host East Jackson at 6 p.m. ET Friday night at Tommy Cash Stadium.
They've only been past the first round once in program history, and while their eyes are fixed on a state title, they say they're taking it one step at a time.