TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The soccer playoffs roll on to the regional finals this week, and several area teams are competing for a spot in the state finals.
One program is sending two squads to the north final - the Tupelo Golden Wave. For the boys, senior Dylan Sevilla said when the season started; many counted them out.
"Everyone expected us to be not as good as last year, but we've proved all of them wrong. Our coaches always taught us effort was the best way to play, so I feel like that put us really far."
Boys head coach Harris Faucette is in his ninth year of coaching. He said the Tupelo boys haven't been to a state final in 13 years. It's been an uphill battle the whole way for the Golden Wave, but they've persevered.
"Honestly, this year has been a surprise," Faucette said. "We have nine new starters coming into this year, so it's exciting to see where we are right now."
On the girls side, they're led by the mother-daughter duo of head coach Diane Rulewicz and senior Izzie. The past few seasons, the Lady Wave couldn't get through the second round; this year, they finally got over the hump, defeating Germantown 1-0.
"I've known that junior and senior group for a long time a really, really, long time," Diane Rulewicz said. "To have them have success this late in their career would just a be a sweet memory."
And daughter Izzie is enjoying the ride with her teammates. It was her corner kick that found the head of Lauren Frederick to get them through to the north finals
"I am so excited because it's been a really long time since we got past the second round," Izzie said. "It's fun to be a part of that and contribute to that."
The scrappy underdogs, who are defying low expectations, and the tight-knit group of upperclassmen trying to go out on top. Both Golden Wave squads are doing their program proud.
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