The Morgan girls soccer team took to the road to play the defending 3A champs Juan Diego on Sept. 28th. It was a match-up of last seasons state finals played at Rio Tinto stadium, and as the first time the two teams played this season, Juan Diego came out on top by a score of 5-1.
The Lady Trojans played one of their finest games of the year, and were especially tough during a very competitive first half. It took the champs until the 36th minute of play to score on the tough Morgan defense, as Keeper Chelsey Stegelmeier, sweeper Megan Passey, and marking backs Madi Sunday, Lizzy Stauder, and Berit Hackler made life difficult for the home team with great communication and team work both on the ball and off the ball. Although Juan Diego led 2-0 at the half, both goals were scored in the last 4 minutes of play, and both shots were scored from distance with a defender applying good pressure. The Morgan midfield and forwards were able to control the pace of the game with their hustle all over the field, and their ball control. Juan Diego was a visibly frustrated team at the half.
The second half saw the home team come out with a fierce offensive attack, putting heavy pressure on the defense, and eventually pulled out to a 5-0 lead. Morgan would not give up, and although they were exhausted from their great effort, they were able to score a late game goal, courtesy of a well placed shot past the keeper by Sophomore winger Tausha Andersen. Midfielder Becca Rees was awarded the assist.
The Lady Trojans play 3 more region games, then will enter the inter-region playoffs as the State tournament begins. And depending on the out-come of these last games, the Trojans may earn themselves one more shot at the Champs, this time with hopes of knocking them out of the State tournament.
Morgan beats Grantsville Easily
The Lady Trojans soccer team played a home game versus Grantsville on Thursday, September 23. The home team found the back of the net early and often, taking down the visitors by a score of 10-0.
The home team kept the ball out of their own defensive third, while enjoying a huge advantage in ball possession, shots, and shots on goal. 8 different players found the back of the net for the Trojans, led by Senior Chelsea Fairbourn and Freshman Lauren Casper with 2 goals each. Netting one each were Seniors AJ Bateman, Becca Rees and Chelsey Stegelmeier, Sophomores Megan Miner and Natasha Andersen, and Freshman Lizzy Stauder.
Four goalkeepers shared the shutout in goal: Chelsey Stegelmeier, Juniors Ali Peterson and Kenzie Moore, and Freshman Mikayla McDermott.