By R. Alan Richardson
Coach Anne Stamps’ girls’ soccer team gave a valiant effort in losing to a talented Bremen squad 3-1 in the first round of the State Playoffs. The Lady Soccer Dogs finished 9-3 in region play to finish in second place behind Jackson County. Bremen was the number three seed from region 6-AAA coming into the playoffs.
Bremen took the lead in the first half and held the 1-0 advantage going into the second half of play. A second goal in the half by the Lady Blue Devils pushed the lead out to 2-0 and a penalty kick led Bremen to the 3-0 command of the game. Morgan wasn’t going down without a fight and came back on a score by Allie Randall to cut into the lead with over 10 minutes remaining. Had it not been for the penalty kick, the Lady Dogs could have been in business. It was a little too late as the final tally was 3-1 when the horn sounded.
One of the highlights for the game was the display on the scoreboard that read 72-72 in honor of Michael Rhodes. This was the number he wore on the football field. He passed away this past week, along with his girlfriend Brittany Smith, in an automobile accident. It was a long and tragic week for all in Morgan County and at Morgan County High School. Prayers go out to this family.
Stamps gave us her thoughts after the game saying, “I thought we came out a little flat. Maybe it was all the things going on at school this week, but I don’t know. We struggled communicating during the game, and didn’t come up with the 50/50 balls we should have won but didn’t. The second half we showed more intensity and passed the ball better. I couldn’t have been more proud of our captains (Allie Randall, Morgan Money, and Annie Akins) and our players. They put up a fight and worked till the end of the game. I was very pleased with the effort. Our six seniors are all good players, but they are extraordinary kids. All of them are involved in either multiple sports or other extracurricular activities and are in the top of their class academically.
It was a great season. We finished second in the region behind Jackson County, finished 9-3 in the region losing twice to Jackson. I told the girls after the loss that every team in the state ends with a loss except for the eventual state champions. A lot of teams will feel just like you do right now, but was it all worth it? Absolutely. You were part of a team, part of a group, and learned skills that will help you in life. All these girls are going to do big things in the future.”
Congratulations on another great season Lady Dogs!