By Leila Dycus intern
The MCHS Varsity Soccer teams wrapped up their regular season last week with wins over Elbert County. On Wednesday April 16, the Bulldogs took on the Blue Devils in their last match of the regular season. The last home game was also senior night where fans and teammates celebrated student’s accomplishments on and off the field. Both teams were determined to end the season on a positive note. With playoffs out of the question for the boys, they could have chosen to not finish off the season on a strong note but instead resisted the temptation.
Instead they rose to the occasion coming out and playing eagerly. “The seniors did not want to go out on a loss and the younger players wanted to send the seniors out on a positive note,” said Coach Brandon York. The boys were the first to take on the Devils. A score by MCHS early on set the tone of the game. The Bulldogs would leave the half tied 1 to 1. Elbert came out strong in the second half scoring quickly. However, Morgan County came back and retied the match. After regaining possession the boys controlled the ball for much of the second half.
They only let the ball leave their possession a few more times allowing the Devils to put a penalty kick on board. The boys went on to beat Elbert 6-3. Coach York said that Elbert is a decent program within their region. The game was a well-seeded contest despite the lopsided score and Coach York was happy that the boys were able to respond physically and mentally to the challenge. The boys were 6-8 overall on the season. Coach York said that even the matches that they lost the scores were not that lopsided, there was the occasional game that got away from them. “Our team certainly was interested in fighting through challenge,” said York. “Injury after injury but still we were able to find guys who were willing to play out of position, and they were just as valuable.
Our team’s ability to adapt and overcome was the hallmark of the season.” Between the two games the seniors were presented. The senior girls- Anna Bryant, Makayla Taylor, and Itzy Hernandez were presented first. All three girls plan to attend college in the fall. The senior boys were presented by their families- Carlos Cadle, Jonathan Camacho, Nic Connelly, Marcos Martinez, Clark Orr, Dillon Riedlinger and Jeffrey Vernon. In order to move on the playoffs the girls would have to beat Elbert County.
The determination of the MCHS girls was evident controlling the ball for most of the game and not allowing the Devils to score. At the end of the first half Morgan County led 2-0. In the second half it was all Bulldogs they took control of the ball and never let the Devils take it back. The Bulldogs beat Elbert County 6-0 securing their spot in playoffs. A goal that was set by the team at the beginning of the season has finally become a reality. The girls ended their regular season 8-6 with one tie.