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November 11, 2013

Women's soccer: Former Valley stars meet in SEC

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After three years competing against Spade on the high school pitch, Landis probably didn't need much of a scouting report on her when they met on Oct. 11. As it turned out, though both started, they didn't come across each other on the field -- Landis was at left forward and Spade was on the other side of the pitch at left midfield.

"It was so weird playing against Cheyenne," Landis says. "It was like going back in time to our rival games in high school. I'm so happy for her that she's playing for Tennessee. Cheyenne played great! Slicing and dicing like I remember in high school. She really fits in well with Tennessee's style and I'm happy that she's out there showing them how it's done in Central Pa.

"It was a great feeling -- both of us from our small hometowns being announced at the beginning of the game together. We hugged and talked after; it was a very special moment for me."

"That's the first time we've ever hugged after a game," Spade adds. "We've grown to respect each other."

After seeing Landis up close for the first time in four years and watching her factor in on three of Kentucky's four goals, Spade was as impressed as ever with her former high school rival.

"She's great," Spade says. "Give her props."

When the NCAA tournament field was announced Monday, Tennessee was left out. Spaide, though, will have one more year with a talented Volunteers side -- one that includes Spade's roommate, New Zealand national team forward Hannah Wilkinson. NCAA bid or not, Landis was sure she'd be back on the pitch at some point.

"I'll be on the field somewhere," she says, "because I have been playing soccer for almost 20 years."

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