Team effort defeats Jefferson

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By R. Alan Richardson sports editor

The Morgan County girls’ soccer team put together one of the best wins in recent memory by taking down Region 8-AAA foe Jefferson 2-1 that put them in the lead in the region chase with a 3-0 record. The team sports a 5-2 overall record, but still has a tough matchup next week with Oconee County on April first. This week the team will face non-region opponents Prince Avenue and Madison County. Annie Akins gave Morgan the lead in the first 20 minutes when she scored off a great assist from Susanna Peppers late in the first period. Anslyn Stamps helped pad the lead off a free kick from the left side outside the 18 that gave the team a 2-0 halftime lead and that was all they needed. Coach Anne Stamps said, “Annie did a great job of finishing the shot and made some of the best runs I’ve seen her make all year. She put herself in good position to have opportunities to score and capitalized on this one. I thought the big key to the win was the play of Anna Hart, Madison Evans, and Morgan Walker on their work against their strong player standout at midfield. We rotated these three girls on her man-to-man. They shut her down and took her out of the game. It was a fantastic team effort. It thought our defense played their best game of the year.”

According to Stamps, first-team goalie Erin Miller had been out sick with the flu most of the week. She called on first-year player and senior Alisha Frierson to stand in. Stamps said, “Alisha went to work and did a fantastic job. I told her to protect that box like it was home plate.” The all-state softball player knew exactly what that meant and did the job limiting the Lady Dragons to only one goal. However, Miller gave the team a lift with some good spot play on the field and it was just what the team needed for the win.

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