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It's a day sisters Alexa and Kendall Wilde hoped would happen and one that's had their parents bracing.

Alexa, a senior and 20-goal scorer for No. 1 Neuqua Valley (23-0), will get her opportunity to avenge a quadruple-overtime loss that ended her and the Wildcats' season two years ago.

Kendall and her teammates on defending Class 3A state champion Waubonsie Valley (15-5) will get their chance to redress a regular-season loss to their arch rival.

They'll just have to do it against each other.

Alexa and the Wildcats take on Kendall and the No. 7 Warriors today in a Class 4A sectional semifinal at Waubonsie Valley.

"Around the house the tension has been elevating a little bit," Alexa said. "Me and Kendall are always very supportive of each other, but we've kind of avoided talking about the game at home. We've just been trying to awkwardly talk about other things."

Said Kendall: "It's a hard thing because one of us is going to lose - and no one wants to lose. It will probably be the most intense game we've ever played because both of our teams' seasons will be on the line."

The sisters, who ended up at different high schools due to boundary changes in their school district in 2009, have split two games against each other over the past two seasons.

"I've been pumped about this game since the regional finals on Friday," Alexa said. "I've been waiting for my second chance against Waubonsie Valley in the playoffs for a long time."

That loss - a 2-1 defeat to the Warriors in the 2009 sectional semifinals - was three months before Kendall, now a sophomore, started at Waubonsie Valley. The Warriors lost 2-0 to the Wildcats this season on April 5.

"We've been looking forward to it," Kendall said of the rematch. "Our team is really, really excited for this game. We're ready. We're pumped."

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Zoey Goralski may want to pull out a map and find Azerbaijan.

The way things are going for the Neuqua Valley sophomore forward, it looks she could be headed there next year.

Azerbaijan, which is located on the shore of the Caspian Sea sandwiched between Russian and Iran in southwest Asia, will host the 2012 Under-17 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Goralski returned Saturday from a week of training at the U.S. U-17 Women's National Team camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., where the team was in the early stages of preparing to attempt to qualify for the tournament.

"It's so much fun," Goralski said. "Every national team camp is so intense. All the top players from all around the country are there and you learn so much because everyone is on the top of their game."

Gorlaski plays forward for Neuqua Valley, but has been the starting right defender in several games for the U-17 national team. She has been involved with the youth national team for more than a year.

"The first couple of camps I was a little scared," Goralski said. "But once you get into the flow, everyone fits in well with each other."

Goralski already has experience as a jet-setting soccer player. She played in Neuqua Valley's 1-0 victory over Lyons in the championship game othe Naperville Invitational on Saturday -- less than two hours after her flight from California arrived in Chicago after her week of training with the national team.

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