By R. Alan Richardson
Morgan’s Lady Dogs soccer team may finally be getting a break from some of this rainy weather and find some kind of rhythm. Coach Anne Stamps noted, “The weather has made for a tough start to the season. It’s almost like we have restarted the season twice, because of the gaps in play dates.”
This past week the girls took a 3-2 win over the Franklin County Lady Lions in a close one to go to 1-0 in 8-AAA play and 3-2 on the season. Morgan returns 10 starters. That experience should be a key to the season. In the Franklin match it was Anna Hart, Cat Usry, and Anna Jenkins that provided the firepower with one goal each in the victory.
MOCO opened the season with a 5-0 win over Putnam County before dropping games to strong teams from Walnut Grove, Clarke Central, and Hebron Christian. Stamps said, “We improved throughout the week last week. We had a rough start with Clarke Central but seemed to work out some kinks throughout the week and were able to get a big win in our first Region match of the season.”
Not only have the girls battled the elements, but also injuries, the flu and a death in the family. “We had strong play from our defense on Friday. Our starting goal keeper had a death in her family and was unable to attend the game. Our other goal keeper came down with Flu on Friday and was also unable to attend the game. Brooke Butler and Anna Jenkins stepped in and did a great job in the goal.” According to Stamps, Jenkins has joined the team this season and has done very well for the Lady Dogs.
“Our goal this season is to finish in the top two teams in the Region so we can host the first round of the State Playoffs. We have had inclement weather, sickness, and injuries that made for a difficult start to this season. I do think that adversity makes a person stronger, so there is no doubt that this team will overcome and have a successful season,” Stamps said.