By R. Alan Richardson sports editor
The Morgan County girls’ soccer team had a good weekend at the Tournament of Champions against strong competition that Head Coach Anne Stamps described this way, “We could have played three days, but decided to only play Friday and Saturday and got some good games under our belt against Mount Paran and Statesboro.” The team lost 4-3 in a last minute heartbreaker vs. Mt. Paran and took a 2-0 win over a tough Statesboro squad. In the loss against Mt. Paran, the Lady Dogs were tied with less than a minute to go when they were called for a foul outside the 18 foot box that resulted in a free kick. The kick went just outside the goalie’s reach and over her head for the win. Stamps said, “They found a way to score in the second period after we led 3-1 at the half. It was tough.” Anslyn Stamps scored two goals in the first five minutes along with Madison Evans’ one in the period to put the Lady Dogs up. However, Mt. Paran countered with some nice connections and runs in the final 20 minutes to tie the score at 3-3. Coach Stamps commented, “I thought it was somewhat of a questionable foul on that last goal, but the game allowed us to build some character and it only makes you stronger. It put us in situations where we had to pull together and play as a team.
That’s why we went to this tournament. All our kids got to play some games where we had to play hard for 80 minutes and where we had to stay focused.” The Statesboro win showed why Anslyn Stamps is being recruited by several college teams as she carried the team to a 2-0 victory scoring both goals for Morgan. Coach Stamps weighed in saying, “The tournament and win Saturday will hopefully get us ready for region 8-AAA opponent Jefferson on Friday this week. They are one of the frontrunners in the region right now.” The boys’ and girls’ matches against Jefferson will start at 5:30 on Friday.