By Leila Dycus intern
The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity soccer teams were at it again last week, facing three tough opponents in the span of four days.
Morgan County started their week with a match against Oconee at home on Tuesday, April 1, before facing North Oconee at home on Wednesday, April 2, and traveling to Hart County on Friday, April 4. The games against Oconee proved to be difficult for both the boys’ and the girls’ teams. The boys fell behind the Oconee County Warriors, trailing them 4- 0 at the half.
As if the team wasn’t already down by enough, Oconee came out of the halftime break strong, putting in two back-to-back goals initially and then another two goals before the end of the game Late into the half, Morgan County got their shot, putting in a goal, but it wouldn’t be enough for them to pull out the win. Oconee beat the boys 8 to one. The girls took the field after the boys, and, in the first half of the girls game against Oconee, the MCHS girls struggled to keep up with the Warriors’ speed.
After a tough first half, Coach Anne Stamps encouraged the girls telling them that they had the ability to play with this strong team. Coach Stamps encouragement paid off. In the second half, the girls played like they were a different team, but, even though the girls were able to keep up with Oconee in the second half, it would not be enough to pull out the win. MCHS lost to Oconee 4 to 0. After the game, Coach Stamps told the girls that if they had played the whole game like they did the second half they would have had a shot at a win.
The teams then went on to take on North Oconee Wednesday. North Oconee again proved to be a difficult team. The boys lost to North Oconee 0-10, and the girls also faced another difficult loss losing 0-4 . Even though they lost to North, Coach Stamps felt like the girls played hard and they had a good match. After a tough week of losses it was time for MCHS to pull out a win.
The girls went into the game against Hart with three starters out, which caused Coach Stamps to have to move a few girls into new positions and gave them a lot of playing time. Coach Stamps said that these girls rose to the occasion and played a great game. The girls went on to beat Hart County 4- 0. Scores for the night went to Susanna Peppers with three goals and Amanda Anderson with one goal.
However, for the boys, the Hart game would end in another loss. Hart beat the MCHS boys 0- 3. Currently the boys are 5- 8 on the season with no wins against conference opponents, which means it is pivotal that they win their games this week. The girls are 5- 6 with one tie on the season. In order to clinch their spot in the state playoff tournament they must win their last two region games.
MCHS will take on Franklin County at home this Friday, April 11, with the girls’ game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the boys’ game beginning at 7:30 p.m.