By Leila Dycus intern
After a postponed game the Varsity Soccer teams had time to prepare for Saturday’s game against Monroe Area. On Saturday March 22 the Bulldogs took on Monroe Area. The girls played at 3 p.m. followed by the boys at 5. Admission to Saturday’s game was free in order to encourage fans to come out and cheer on the team.
“It was refreshing to finally get to play a soccer game in the sunshine,” said girls coach Anne Stamps. “We have been fighting the elements since the season started.” The girls were first to take on the Hurricanes. After what seemed like it was going to a scoreless game Annie Akin scored a goal late in the game.
Through out the game Coach Stamps encouraged the girls to keep possession of the ball and make quality passes. The girls went on to tie Monroe Area one to one. With the North Oconee game rescheduled the Varsity teams schedule is looking like it will be a tough two weeks.
The teams will begin region play this week with games against Jackson County, East Jackson and Eastside. For the boys the game against Monroe Area would prove to be pivotal. Morgan County led 3 to 0 at the half. However, the team gave up two penalties for taking an offensive player down in the bow, which netted Jeff Vernon two yellows. This sent Vernon off the field for the rest of the game as well as for the East Jackson match.
Boys coach Brandon York said that Vernon’s absence would leave the team very thin at the defender position. Marcos Martinez is also out with a knee injury. This is particularly challenging since the Bulldogs begin region play this week. With the North Oconee match being postponed the team had a long time away from match play and according to Coach York this made them antsy.
However, by the half Monroe seemed frustrated sending two players off in the second half. Coach York encouraged his team to remain poised and stay aggressive. The boys went on to beat Monroe Area 4 to 3. Scores for the match went to Clark Orr, Ricky Mendez, Hogan Tuell, and Dillon Riedlinger.
Coach York said that Tuell’s goal was a long looper that caught the goalkeeper far out of the position. Riedlinger’s goal came as he was trailing in, making a back post run, and followed up on a rebound. This week the teams will have three matches on the road in four days- two of which are region Coach York said that if his team can beat both Jackson schools that will go along way toward getting us in contention for a state playoff berth.