By Robert Alan Richardson Sports Writer
Morgan’s varsity girls’ soccer team faced a very tough Oconee County Squad on March 27 in foreign territory of the Warriors. The team was sluggish in the early minutes and gave up two quick scores to take a quick 2-0 lead, but the Lady Dogs woke up and scored a lone goal going into halftime down 2-1. The second half was a much better half for MCHS when they scored a quick goal to keep things interesting. Oconee came back with two more goals and the final showed a 4-2 loss in region 8-AAA competition. Susanna Peppers and Annie Akins accounted for the two Morgan goals.
Coach Anne Stamps commented on the game, “I felt like we came out playing flat and they took advantage of that and got on the board quickly. We settled in about halfway through the first half, and then made a change in our formation at halftime. This gave us an opportunity to score quickly to begin the second half. I thought we played a much better second half than the first, but not quite good enough to top a solid Oconee County team.” The girls then played East Jackson on the road on March 31 and took a 3-1 win from the region adversary. Possession was key for the Lady Dogs in the first half but could only muster one goal and the match was tied 1-1 at intermission. Several missed shots in good position and some miscues on crosses into the middle were a problem for the team in the first period. Morgan got a quick goal to go up 2-1 in the second half and another score late in the half for the victory. Recording goals in the contest were Susanna Peppers and Anslyn Stamps.
Here are Coach Stamps’ thoughts on the game, “We did a good job keeping possession and controlled the ball most of the half but couldn’t finish at the goal. We came out strong to start the second half and played pretty consistent throughout the half to get a big win.” Next up for the soccer teams will be a home match against Jefferson on April 14 starting at 5:30 and 7:30.