Lady Dogs topped by Calvary
By Greg Sullivan
After their 3-1 win in the opening round of the state playoffs the week before, the Lady Dogs were back for another home playoff game last Wednesday for their second round match-up with 11th-ranked Calvary Day School.
This time, though, Calvary proved to be too much and was arguably the toughest team the Lady Dogs had faced all year.
The Lady Dogs held some ground early, but two goals late in the first half pushed the Lady Cavaliers' lead to 4-1 at the half on their way to a 6-1 victory.
Despite the second round loss, the region title and the playoff win just days before are new milestones for a Lady Dogs team that accomplished a lot this season.
"It was a phenomenal year," said Lady Dogs' Head Coach Jessica Ward following Wednesday's loss. "And these girls did a good job out there no matter what the score was."
Calvary Baptist exhibited good technique in last Wednesday's game. The team played well just like they had all season to that point. Three of their four losses on the season had come against opponents ranked in the state's top five. Their two games prior to the match-up with Morgan County were both shut out wins, including a 7-0 win over Thomasville in the first round of the state playoffs the week before.
Despite the defeat, the Lady Dogs still finished their season with a winning record at 8-7.
On Wednesday, Calvary struck early, scoring with 35:30 left in the first half and again with 27:03 left in the half.
The Lady Dogs showed some early resilience, however, getting a goal on a kick from Madison Eitneir that went over the head of Calvary's diving keeper.
Calvary, though, would respond to get two more goals in the second half to make the score 4-1 at the half.
The remaining two Calvary goals came in the first seven minutes of the second half.
To the credit of the Morgan defense, they held Calvary scoreless for the final 33 minutes of the game, but the Lady Dogs' were playing mostly on the defensive in the game's second half.
Morgan County did have some other scoring threats, but they all came in the first half. Malin Dartnell just missed scoring for the Lady Dogs when the score was still 3-1 Calvary. Her kick, coming in front of the goal, was snatched up by Calvary's goal keeper.
In the second half, however, the game was mainly played on Morgan County's half of the field.