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Summer Practice Period Check-In: Buckhannon-Upshur Boys and Girls Soccer

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Buckhannon-Upshur girls soccer will welcome in a fresh face this year.

Tom Hasbrouck was practically a household name in the Buckhannon soccer community. Coach Hasbrouck announced his retirement at the end of the academic school year.

Which means Jackie Zuliani will become the next coach.

She is also the track coach at B-U. Zuliani guided the Lady Bucs to three State Titles in the last four years. She also played soccer for Coach Hasbrouck back in the 90's.

The Lady Bucs will need to move on without All-State selection Emily Godwin. Godwin will run track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Zuliani admitted she's thrilled to return to the sport she has always loved.

"I'm looking forward to keeping up the Buckhannon tradition and everything that Coach Hasbrouck has built. I'm hoping that I'll be able to do that and looking forward to working with the team, as well as Coach Donato. I'm excited about the season," Zuliani said.

"I just hope she brings the same things that we learned from Coach Hasbrouck and just kind of continues our traditions. I hope she just keeps us going strong," Bucs senior defender Courtney Warner said.

Buckhannon-Upshur boys soccer head coach Mike Donato only loses two seniors from last year's group.

But other than that, everyone will be back.

The Bucs are coming off a season in which the team advanced to the Regional Final, only to fall to Hedgesville in that game.

Players and coaches say being so close to states last year, gives the team motivation to go even further in 2013.

"For what this program has done through over the past few year; a lot of rebuilding. To have the success that we did last year, our first record above .500 in a very long time. It was our first sectional title in a very long time. So to get that taste of winning again and get that close to states, the boys have come back this year extremely hungry and wanting to take that next step," Donato said.

"We definitely want it a lot more. We know that with the talent we had last year, it got us that far. With all the effort we're putting in this summer, with the same kids pretty much, we can definitely get it and win a state championship," B-U senior midfielder Marty Elliott said.