By Leila Dycus intern
The MCHS Varsity soccer teams had a busy week with three scheduled matches on the road. First up the Bulldogs took on East Jackson. The game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday March 25 had to be postponed to Wednesday due to poor field conditions. Both teams struggled and ended up losing to East Jackson. It was a close game for the girls only being beaten 0 to 1.
The boys also lost 1 to 2 due to penalty kicks. For the boys the score was tied at zero at the half. Boy’s coach Brandon York said that East Jackson has a team of large physical players and the field was approximately 10 yards shorter than what they are used to playing on. As a result, the Bulldog defense was incredibly compact and offered very few shot opportunities in the first half.
East Jackson scored approximately 10minutes into the second half by catching the MCHS defenders leaning the wrong way and quickly centered the ball for a quick shot. The Bulldogs had a number of quality opportunities in the half it was difficult for them to convert. Clark Orr scored the equalizer on a free kick with about 15 minutes left in the half.
The Bulldogs enjoyed a great deal of utile passes on the ground and controlled play for most of the match but they were not able to score the go ahead goal. The MCHS boys were missing many starters due to injury along with one sitting out due to a red card. Midfielder Carlos Cadle went down with an injury to his leg during the match against East Jackson. Cadle’s absence took away the speed option late in the match. The game went into over time but continued to be locked 1 to 1. The game then turned to penalty kicks and the teams were tied 4 to 4 after their first five kicks.
The next sudden death kick did the Bulldogs in. “It was a very disappointing loss, as I felt we were the better team for much of the match and the game was key to our quest for the playoffs,” said Coach York. “It’s still frustrating to decide a soccer match with a penalty kick shootout.” The Bulldogs were then scheduled to take on Eastside on Thursday. The match was canceled due to the inability to schedule officials. MCHS then traveled to Jackson County on Friday March 28.
The boys suffered a loss to Jackson County, 2 to 4. The girls however were able to pull off the win over Jackson shutting them out 4 to 0. This week the teams will face Oconee County at home, as well as North Oconee and Hart County.