Mother-daughter duo hope to bring another soccer title to Marian

Marian has won 14 soccer state championships, the most of any girls or boys’ high school soccer program in Nebraska. Head coach Teresa DeGeorge played for Marian when the program won its first and second state titles in 1989 and 90. “We definitely started to build a tradition so when I got the coaching job here, I knew I had to continue that tradition, “DeGeorge said. DeGeorge has continued that tradition, coaching the Crusaders to back-to-back NSAA State Championships in 2016 and 17.With four state titles, two as a player and two as a coach, DeGeorge has hit many milestones in her soccer career.This season, she has the opportunity to hit another special milestone: win a state championship with her daughter.Bella DeGeorge, a junior midfielder for the Crusaders, says she and her mom never discuss what it would be like to win a state title together, but she has some thoughts. “Honestly, it would be awesome,” Bella said. “She’s been my coach my whole life.” Bella was in elementary school when her mom started coaching at Marian. She enjoyed being around the program and attending games when she was young. “A lot of my grade school friends would come to the Marian. We watched them and sometimes I would be like, ‘Can you please take us out of school to go watch the state game?’ Bella said. “It doesn’t seem like long ago when I was just watching. It’s just awesome to be here. “For the mom-daughter duo, switching gears to coach and player can sometimes be a challenge.” At practice for club or something else, sometimes I’ll accidentally talk back and then I’ll remember, “Oh shoot okay, I can’t be doing that,” Bella said. “While she’s becoming better at separating the two, Teresa says it’s not always easy wearing both hats.” Even when you get home there’s still the lingering game, . “If we lost I’ll think ‘How did that go? How did she play? How did the team play?’ so those kinds of things still linger on. ” With her mom as coach, Bella knows more is expected from her. “I definitely feel the pressure but it’s almost beneficial,” Bella said. “I hate it in the moment and I get frustrated but I’m like ‘Okay, she’s giving me tips on how to be better’.” While there are some lows when it comes to sharing the soccer field together, there’s also some highs . The duo hope to experience the ultimate high of winning a state championship and the joy of experiencing it together. “It would be amazing,” Teresa said. “This team is very special. They’re very close, very tight knit both on and off the field. “Bella and her teammates, who have never won a state soccer title, hope to leave their mark on the program by bringing home number 15.” Being able to bring home a state title would mean everything, “Bella said. “It would be so nice to be at school and say, ‘Yeah, we won that’.” The state tournament begins Monday at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium. Marian opens up against Lincoln Pius X with kickoff set for 7:30 pmState tournament brackets can be found here.

Marian has won 14 soccer state championships, the most of any girls or boys’ high school soccer program in Nebraska.

Head coach Teresa DeGeorge played for Marian when the program won its first and second state titles in 1989 and 90.

“We definitely started to build a tradition so when I got the coaching job here, I knew I had to continue that tradition,” DeGeorge said.

DeGeorge has continued that tradition, coaching the Crusaders to back-to-back NSAA State Championships in 2016 and 17.

With four state titles, two as a player and two as a coach, DeGeorge has hit many milestones in her soccer career.

This season, she has the opportunity to hit another special milestone: win a state championship with her daughter.

Bella DeGeorge, a junior midfielder for the Crusaders, says she and her mom never discuss what it would be like to win a state title together, but she has some thoughts.

“Honestly, it would be awesome,” Bella said. “She’s been my coach my whole life.”

Bella was in elementary school when her mom started coaching at Marian. She enjoyed being around the program and attending games when she was young.

“A lot of my grade school friends would come to the Marian games. We watched them and sometimes I would be like, ‘Can you please take us out of school to go watch the state game?’ Bella said. “It doesn’t seem like long ago when I was just watching. It’s just awesome to be here.”

For the mom-daughter duo, switching gears to coach and player can sometimes be a challenge.

“At practice for a club or something else, sometimes I’ll accidentally talk back and then I’ll remember, ‘Oh shoot okay, I can’t be doing that,’ Bella said.

While she’s becoming better at separating the two, Teresa says it’s not always easy wearing both hats.

“Even when you get home there’s still the lingering game,” Teresa said. “If we lost I’ll think ‘How did that go? How did she play? How did the team play? ‘ so those kinds of things still linger on. ”

With her mom as a coach, Bella knows more is expected from her.

“I definitely feel the pressure but it’s almost beneficial,” Bella said. “I hate it at the moment and I get frustrated but I’m like ‘Okay, she’s giving me tips on how to be better’.”

While there are some lows when it comes to sharing the soccer field together, there’s also some highs. The duo hope to experience the ultimate high of winning a state championship and the joy of experiencing it together.

“It would be amazing,” Teresa said. “This team is very special. They’re very close, very tight knit both on and off the field. “

Bella and her teammates, who have never won a state soccer title, hope to leave their mark on the program by bringing home number 15.

“Being able to bring home a state title would mean everything,” Bella said. “It would be so nice to be at school and say, ‘Yeah, we won that’.”

The state tournament begins Monday at Creighton’s Morrison Stadium. Marian opens up against Lincoln Pius X with kickoff set for 7:30 pm

State tournament brackets can be found here.

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