Not many high school kids get excited about another practice.
But then again, not many high school soccer players still have that option.
Paul Laurence Dunbar's players remember how it felt when practices ended abruptly last season, when they were upset in the state sub-sectionals.
So they'll happily take wind sprints and defensive drills and coaches barking orders all day because it means they won their last game.
"Every time we're talkin' about practice it's a good thing," junior Austin Miller said, laughing.
This time, it was a 2-0 sub-sectional win over No. 21 Danville on Tuesday night that has them talking about practice again.
With their 15th straight win, they move on to the state's elite eight, where they will play host to the winner of Wednesday's Henry Clay-South Laurel matchup.
Host Dunbar didn't have to look for motivation to practice this week.
The No. 6 Bulldogs only needed to remember a bitter Sweet Sixteen loss last year.
"It was the talk of the pre-game," senior defender Cameron Hardin said. "We all were making sure not to get caught watching or to get complacent."
Coach Todd Bretz was glad to see they learned something from last season.
"Sometimes you get a chance to learn from an experience, and we have a lot of seniors who learned from that," he said.
Playing sparingly because of illness, Miller put the Bulldogs on top first when an Admirals defender appeared to slip on the wet turf in front of the goal, giving Miller a chance to slide one into the corner with 22 minutes to play in the first half.
Three minutes into the second half, senior Brian Lock added a second goal, taking a sharp pass from Zane Saghaian and slamming it in past the Admirals' keeper.
"The speed they were bringing at us, our defense hasn't seen that," Ads Coach Brent Beauman said. "It's hard to prepare for it."
But the coach couldn't have been more pleased with his team had it won.
"We're proud of what we do as a small school, a small public school," Beauman said. "This is four out of the five years we're in the state tournament."
Danville (22-4) had its own speed up top with Jake Winkler and Max Meches, who have combined to score 63 goals and assist on 44 this season.
Keeping them in check to earn a 13th shutout was key, Bretz said.
"They finish better than any tandem that I've seen in a long time," Bretz said. "We tried to not let them have any space. We tried to make sure we had someone on them and behind them the whole time."
Dunbar was able to advance to the final eight for the first time since 2005 when it won its last state championship.
Bretz, who has won three state championships as a coach, said this team has similar characteristics of some of those teams.
"They're unselfish and they care about one another," he said. "If someone does well, they're all happy. If someone else does well, they're all happy about that. It's not about them, it's about each other."
Paul Laurence Dunbar 2, Danville 0
Goals—Austin Miller, Brian Lock.
Goalkeepers—D: Matt Oster; PLD: Taylor Nossokoff.
Records — Danville 22-4, Paul Dunbar 19-2-3.