Mater Dei girl’s visit Eyewitness News to talk 2A state title

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Mater Dei’s girls soccer team (Head Coach Amy Weber, Megan Gries and Jill Happe), joined Michael Gilbert at Eyewitness News on Sunday to discuss their 2A state championship.

FULL INTERVIEW

(Michael Gilbert)
Welcome back to Eyewitness at 9pm on CW 7…Some special guests are here to chat, the 2A girls state champions, Mater Dei visits the studio.First, I have to ask, how does it feel to be crowned champs?

(Amy Weber)
It’s pretty cool, we have done this the past three straight years, and to do it with this group of girls because they have been with me the three years as a head coach, all seven of the seniors and it’s just been a great exciting time for us.

(Michael Gilbert)
This is Mater Dei’s third straight state title, and you get the 3 peat, making the jump to 2-a when their was a lot of doubters, what does that say about your team.

(Amy Weber)
Yes the girls took a lot of flack for some former classmates of theirs, and last year people said in the city, oh you won it in 1a, that’s not very competitive, so when they moved us up and they won it again, you know i think the girls had a lot to say to some of those people and just to show and you can’t take that away from them.

(Michael Gilbert)
Megan, you now have been part of a championship team
Three out of your fours, what is that like?

(Megan Gries)
It’s a crazy feeling, i mean, i’m really proud of my team and all of the fans, it means so much and just going back to back to back and it’s just an amazing experience and i wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

(Michael Gilbert)
Jill, the community support has been incredible, how much does that mean to you

(Jill Happe)
Certainly, without the community, we wouldn’t be where we are. It’s awesome to have those people that are always there for us, and to celebrate. It wouldn’t have been as fun winning if it weren’t for them.

(Michael Gilbert)
Coach, when you look back on this run, how much of a legacy will these girls leave on this program?

(Amy Weber)
They already have and the younger girls look up to them so much, the cub girls program, younger siblings, younger fans in general, the other grade schools, everybody comes out and shows support to them and i think everybody looks up to them and knows everything they have done. I don’t think you can compare any of the three because they are all so different but a lot of them have been involved in all three so i think just to say that we have done this and that we are building a program, and we are not just a wrestling, football school anymore.

(Michael Gilbert)
There are lots of little girls who have watched this team from your first state title… Just like the u-s-a women’s team inspired others… What do you hope that local community kids can take away from your third straight state run?

(Megan Gries)
I hope they just look up to us and they aspire to do what we did, and for them to be able to say, oh we can do that same thing, that would be incredible.

(Michael Gilbert)
Finally, coach Weber, describe the journey to get this point?

(Amy Weber)
“Their motto was heart and hustle and that said everything with what they did from conditioning on June 1st, and here we are on November 3rd, so for 5 months, they have given me their lives, they have taken their time from family and friends, parties, social events and it’s all about heart and hustle and that sums up their careers here.”

(Michael Gilbert)
I know you have been watching some of the celebrations, just how does it feel after 24 hours?

(Megan Gries)
“Like it’s still unbelievable, and it still hasn’t processed and it’s just a great feeling.”

(Michael Gilbert)
“Thank you to Mater Dei’s soccer team for visiting our eyewitness news studio. Look at that hardware, we will make sure we get that on our social media sites and thank you so much for coming to our visit our studio and us.”

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(This story was originally published on November 3, 2019)

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