WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. - Normal West is ready to make its first appearance at the state soccer tournament since 2008.
Coach Val Walker was a part of that Wildcats' team six years ago. Obviously none of his players were around then.
"These girls have relatives that were there, some were there as younger siblings," said Walker. "We'll talk about it, they'll be fine. These girls are tough, mentally tough. They will oversome anything you throw at them."
The Wildcats (26-1) play Darien Hinsdale South (19-6-1) in the Class 2A state semifinals at 11 a.m. Friday. The state tournament will be played at North Central College in Naperville.