We hear from the four teams representing the Interior in the state tournament

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - We have four teams heading down to Anchorage for the 2019 ASAA Alaska State Tournament for soccer, all of them with hopes of making noise on the fields against the top teams in the Last Frontier.
We start with the Monroe Catholic Rams who won the Mid-Alaska Conference to make the big dance for their first time in school history.​
The Rams took down the North Pole Patriots to make it to the next level, and now look to take on the Thunder Mountain Falcons.​
Some of Monroe's players spoke about making history in the sport of soccer.​
Maura Grahek said "It feels really good like to know that the team needs you and like again, being one of the only girls it's nice to feel that."​
Jordan Higbee said "I'm so excited, but I don't know what to do though, you know cause I've never been to state. I've never heard of Thunder Mountain or their soccer program so I hope they're pretty good and give us a challenge, but I hope we beat them."​
The Monroe Catholic Rams take on the Thunder Mountain Falcons at 7 P.M. tomorrow at Service High School.

Now we look at the North Pole Patriots girls' program.
The Pats also took the MAC title to get into the tourney, and some of their players spoke about playing for the seniors when they take on the Kenai Central Kardinals.
Chalayna Culler said "I think we are really excited to go to state just because it is another opportunity for us to go play some more games as it is at the end of our season and it's my senior year. It just gives more opportunity to go and play and win, and hopefully win. But of course we just want to go there as a team and just do great as a whole."​
Katy Vinton said "I'm pretty excited, I feel like we have really go opportunity to in going down and just seeing how we've progressed throughout the season. We weren't expected to do very well, but we came out and came together as a team, and we did very well and we worked out and we're going to state."​
​The North Pole Patriots look to take the win tomorrow at 9 A.M. against the Kenai Central Kardinals at Eagle River High School.

Up next is the West Valley Wolfpack girls, who were the third best team in the Railbelt Conference.
They ended the year with a 7-4-1 record getting five wins in the conference, which helped them to get to state​
The red and gold are a young squad, but they are ready to take on the Dimond Lady Lynx.
Helen Sarrimanolis said "We're pretty excited, I don't know but we have a really young team this year so we didn't think we go very far so that's pretty cool that we're here and we're ready to show state what we're all about."​
Finn Sprankle said "Kicking butt and winning. Yeah we're going to play hard and try the best we can."​
The West Valley Wolfpack face the Dimond Lady Lynx at 9 A.M. tomorrow at West Anchorage High School.

And now we come to the West Valley Wolfpack boys' program, as they take on the South Anchorage Wolverines.
The red and gold were the top team in the Railbelt Conference, going 15-0-2 on the year with eight wins in league play.​
They spoke about facing the Wolverines in the first round as the #2 seed.​
Michael Dow said "Yeah, we're feeling pretty good, we're working hard right now. We're always trying to improve, so that's our mentality right now. We're just working hard and trying to win state championship. I think our work ethic we just go out on the field we give a 100% all the time and just implementing some strategies. We get told in practice and just trying to give 100% percent on the field."​
Kristaps Bareika said"The teams are going to be scared of us, but it doesn't matter to us. Those are games and just we're going to play them."​
The West Valley Wolfpack will look to make their run against the South Anchorage Wolverines at 3 P.M. tomorrow at West Anchorage High School.