By Leila Dycus intern
By Saturday the snow on the ground had melted enough to allow the MCHS Varsity soccer teams to travel south to continue competing in the second round of the Trojan Cup in Lamar County.
The tournament began earlier in the week but, on Saturday Feb. 15, the boys and girls teams took on their second opponents in Lamar County. After losing to Pike County earlier in the week, the girls were ready to take back the field against the Rutland High School Hurricanes Saturday morning.
The Bulldogs led Rutland 2-0 at the end of the first half of the game, and, early in the second half the team was able to add an extra insurance run to their lead. However, Rutland came back to score three points in the second half. Regulation ended with the teams deadlocked at 3-3, but Morgan County came out on top, scoring a single point in a penalty kick shootout, winning 4-3 over Rutland.
The boy’s team faced Spalding County on Saturday afternoon after a win over Pike County the previous Monday during the first round of the tournament. Spalding County came out strong in the first half putting one point on the board before halftime.
Then, in the second half, Spalding added four points to their score and only allowed the Bulldogs to earn a single point. The MCHS boys played hard start to finish but it was not enough to pull out the win over Spalding, who beat Morgan County 5-1.
Both teams will play their last game of the Trojan Cup on Saturday, Feb. 22, with times and opponents to be announced.