By Leila Dycus intern
After a week off for spring break the MCHS Varsity girls are back on the field this week preparing for their first round of state playoffs. “We set a goal at the beginning of the season to make it to the plays and the girls reached that goal,” said Coach Anne Stamps. “I couldn’t be any prouder of them for that!” The Bulldogs secured their position in the playoffs after a 6 to 0 win over Elbert County on April 16. The girls are seeded 4 in their region of 8AAA. Their forth place finish means the team will be on the road this week.
The Lady Bulldogs will face St.Pius X, a first place team out of region six. The dogs will travel to St.Pius on Friday May 2 and play at 6 p.m. Coach Stamps said they will spend this week preparing for a very tough St.Pius team by fine tuning the things they have worked on all year long.
The girls will take a ton of shots through the course of this week so that when they have a scoring opportunity they will have better changes of capitalizing on that. The Lady Bulldogs will also work on speed of play for both the offensive players and defenders. They will have to play hard, play smart and play quick to beat St. Pius. Stamps went on to say that the team is excited about getting the opportunity to play in the state playoffs and that they will play hard and see how it all unfolds. This group of girls has exceeded expectations through out the year by working hard every day to get better. The Lady Bulldogs have won a few games this season by large margins, but they have also lost a few games by large margins.
“No matter the score from the previous day, these girls came out ready to play and ready to work at practice every day,” said Stamps. “When I can surround myself by athletes that way to get better, my job is pure enjoyment.” Coach Stamps has really enjoyed coaching this group of girls this season. Stamps said that when she took the position she knew she wanted to promote the sport.
She knew she wanted to show these girls that soccer is an avenue that some of them can take, if they want to play a sport at the next level. “This is an exciting time to be a soccer player in our county and I am just happy that I can be a part of it,” said Stamps. Soccer is growing in Morgan County. The recreation department and local club team, MAYSA, has fostered a ton of growth for the sport in the area.