By Leila Dycus intern
After several tough losses this season the MCHS teams returned home to take on Franklin County, proving they are still a force to be reckoned with. On Friday April 11, the Varsity soccer teams were back in action on their home field. Both teams had experienced a week off and came prepared to take on Franklin County.
The girls took on Franklin first. The girls came out strong, scoring early into the first half. It was evident throughout the game that the Morgan County girls were playing well together as a team. The girls possessed the ball more than they have all season. By the end of the first half the Bulldogs had put six points on the board. During half time the team talked about making sure they were getting better during the game.
“Win or lose, it has to be about getting better with each passing day,” said girls Coach Anne Stamps. Another aspect of the game against Franklin was the importance of non-starter players that came off the bench and became impact players. These players not only played well but many of them scored their first goals of the season. Madison Evans and Jessie Smith both netted their first goals of the season in the game against Franklin. The girls went on to beat Franklin 7-0. The other five points were scored by: Susanna Peppers, two goals, Anslyn Stamps, two goals, and Annie Akins with one.
“Our goal for the season has been to make it to the playoffs and we are very close right now to reaching that goal,” said Stamps. “If we really want to make it to the State playoffs we can not afford to waste a single day and I felt like on Friday we got better.” In order for the girls to reach their goal they have to win their last region game against Elbert County on Wednesday April 16. Coach Stamps said that they are playing Walnut Grove at home on Tuesday and will use the game as preparation for the Elbert game.
The boys also pulled out an impressive win over Franklin on Friday. The Franklin team fought hard through out the game not allowing the Bulldogs to take the win easily. Boys Coach Brandon York described the first half of the game as one of the best his team has played all season. At the end of the first half MCHS lead Franklin 1-0.
During half time Coach York encouraged his team to continue their effort to utile passes and make off the ball complementary runs to the back post and the penalty kick spot. In the second half both teams stepped up their intensity and focus. Tied at two the game was sent into over time. It was two impressive saves by keeper Matt Cantero and the deciding goal by Jonathan Camacho that gave Morgan County the win.
Morgan County beat Franklin 3-2 in overtime. Scores for the night went to Jonathan Camacho with two and Ricky Mendez with one. Coach York said that keeper Matt Cantero had one of the best performances he has seen in a high school keeper. “He had one run of a play in the first half where he blocked one shot, only to punch out a shot that the opposing team had on the rebound,” said York. “It might have been the best play I‘ve ever seen from a high school goal keeper.” The boys will not make it to play offs this season. The MCHS boys will be working to finish the season in fifth place, which they can secure with a win over Elbert this week.