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CMR Boys and Girls Soccer Preparing for State Tournament

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The CMR Boys are looking to reverse their fortunes at State. They have won only one of their last five tournament games, however, the one win they do have was over Hellgate in 2012, who the Rustlers will see in the first round this year. CMR beat the Knights 1-0 earlier this season, giving them confidence going into their state opener.

"I'd like to say we have their number. They know we play physical as well. We play a good physical paced game. It kind of doesn't play well with them." Rustlers coach Joel Marinaccio says.

Adds CMR Senior Forward Ryan VanPevenage, "It's always good playing a team you know you can beat. It's always going to be a good fight. But seeding doesn't really matter to us. We'll play anybody."

And if a mental edge wasn't enough, the Rustlers will also have home-field advantage.

"We're excited that it's here because we have home-field advantage and we have a lot of support from the Great Falls community and it's the field that we train on. We know the conditions," says CMR Freshman Forward Braden Stremcha.

The CMR Girls are looking for a trophy after placing fourth at state last year. They have the state's number two goal scorer in Junior Eme McLaughlin and they want to make sure head coach Rob Zimmerman ends his tenure at CMR on top,

"It's my last tournament. It's my last season. Unfortunately I'm moving to Billings. I'm stepping down at the end of the year. I told them it's not about  me. It's about them. They're the players. They're the ones that have to get the job done and take each game one half at a time," Zimmerman says.

Adds McLaughlin, "He still wants us to play like we'd play and not let it affect us. Obviously we really want to win it. Not really for us but for him."

"It makes us want to win even more. He says it's not for him. But we know that we want to win it for him," Junior defender Courtney Shovlin says.

But to get Zimmerman that state title, they'll have to get through a Glacier team they haven't seen yet.

"We don't know much about Glacier…But just because you look at their record it doesn't show what kind of team they are. So we're going to go into it just like any other game," McLaughlin says.

The Rustler Girls open play on Thursday at noon while the Boys will play at 2:30pm. Both teams hope to play in the 1:30 games on Friday because that means they've made it to the semis.

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