The Morgan County soccer teams got two wins last week over Region opponent East Jackson. The girls posted a dominating 5-1 score while the boys got their win in overtime fashion that was finally decided on penalty kicks.
The score in the girls’ match might not have seemed like a blowout, but the time of possession and field position details told another story. East Jackson’s Lady Eagles didn’t even mount a true threat until 16:51 remaining when McKenzie Larate was awakened from her nap in the goal. She made a nice save and then stopped another with 11:45 for two of only three shots on goal in the first half by East Jackson.
Meanwhile, the Lady Dogs were pounding the goal with shots. Brooke Morrison made good at the 27:33 mark on some nice footwork and a lefty shot that hit paydirt in the right corner to put Morgan up 1-0. She scored again just three minutes later on a breakaway shot from the wing. The East Jackson keeper was helpless with Morrison’s skills in a 1-on-1 situation. She slid it easily into the left side with 24:27 to go in the half to give Morgan the 2-0 advantage.
Senior Morgan Walker made it 3-0 with 11:17 to go in the half when she punched in a shot that bounced off the Lady Eagle goalie in what looked like might be a game-shortened contest. However, with only 55 seconds remaining in the half, East Jackson took a tough shot from the left side that Larate tipped and barely went over her head into the net to make things closer. It was 3-1 at the intermission.
Morgan continued to assault East Jackson’s defense with superior passing and possession throughout the second half. Laneer Woodham made it 4-1 when she rifled a shot from about 30 yards out that hit the crossbar and went in with 31:30 remaining in the half. The girls celebrated on that one as Woodham has been a stalwart, but not scored that many goals on the season. The big smile on all the players told the story when the improbable shot found its mark.
The girls coasted to the win after that. Brooke Butler put the final nail in the coffin when she made a nifty move from the left side, beat the lone defender, and pushed another one in with 26:54 on the clock. It was a good win for the girls in a 5-1 rout.
Boys’ coach Aaron Paul had one short phrase that summed up his night, “It was insane!” The overtime win for the boys capped off another Region 8-AAA triumph as they prepare for the upcoming playoffs as the Region Champions for the second straight year.
The girls will play again on April 26 in the first round of the GHSA AAA State Playoffs against a team that has yet to be determined from Region 7-AAA. It will be a home match. The boys will continue their drive into the playoffs with a home match also. That game is slated for April 27.