Currently holds 2-1-1 Region Record
The 4-6-1 MHS Lady Trojans soccer team currently claims a 2-1-1 record in Region 13 play. With only five teams playing in Region 13 soccer, every game counts. The returning state champions will face a tough road through their own region to return to the state playoffs and finals.
Morgan has a young team with 21 freshmen and 15 sophomores on the 44-player varsity/JV roster with seven of the ninth graders playing on the varsity team. Eight upper classmen, four seniors and four juniors, lead the team with their experience. The Class of 2019 is represented by Emma Drege, Talli Gardener, Hayden Keele and Rhylee Freeman while the Class of 2020 includes Abbi Francis, Sydney Cragun, Taylor Condie and McKenna Wallace. Freeman, a 2017 First Team All-State forward who scored one of the goals in Morgan’s State Championship game last fall, broke her leg in practice and will be unable to play the remainder of the season.
Morgan’s first region game of the season at Summit Academy ended in a 3-3 tie. Morgan jumped out to a 3-0 lead but allowed Summit Academy back into the game. Unfortunately, the referees did not have the teams play the extra periods in accordance with region policy, and Morgan must now return to Draper to play out the two 10 minute, “Golden Goal” overtimes, on Thursday, September 20.
On September 7th, MHS took a convincing 10-0 win over South Summit. Playing only 10 minutes of the second half, the Lady Trojans “mercy ruled” the Wildcats with several players adding goals in the shut out for goalie, Taylor Condie.
The MHS Lady Trojan Soccer team traveled to Grantsville on Thursday, September 13 to take on the Lady Cowboys. Freshman Sadie McGreer struck in the first half on an assist from Brooklyn Peterson to give Morgan the early 1-0. The Lady Trojans controlled the ball most of the first half.
Opening the second half, Grantsville came out strongly and initially produced more shots on goal than Morgan, but as the half progressed the momentum changed, and Morgan scored two more goals for the 3-0 victory. Brooklyn Peterson, who assisted on two of the goals, noted, “I thought the team played a great game. There is great chemistry on the field and I am so glad to be a part of it.”
Junior Abbi Francis scored the second goal of the game. “The play started from the back and came up. If everyone on the field hadn’t been playing her part, it wouldn’t have happened,” Francis shared about her goal in the 68th minute.
In the final minute of the game, sophomore Karlie Kotter sent a penalty kick into the box. The Grantsville goalie knocked the ball down but didn’t catch it. MHS sophomore Corinne Henderson was in the “right place at the right time” and punched the ball in for Morgan’s third goal.
“I got a great ball from Karli,” Henderson reported. “Karlie did most of the work. It was great team work!”
“It was a hard-fought game on both sides of the ball,” Coach Brian Searle explained. “Grantsville is always tough. There are some areas that we can still work on an improve moving into our future games.”
The JV team beat Grantsville 10-0 and only played the first ten minutes of the second half due to the mercy rule. Coach Jesse Henderson remarked, “I felt like it was a great collective team effort. The girls are improving in confidence in each game. I’m proud very proud of them and their increasing work rate.”
The following Tuesday, Morgan lost a tough game to Judge Memorial 1-0 at home, putting them in a tie for second place with Summit Academy.
After the tie break “game” on Thursday Sept 20, Morgan will play at South Summit on Tues. Sept 25. Their final home game and Senior Night will be on Tuesday, Oct 2 against Grantsville at 3:30 pm. The final game of the season will be Thursday, Oct 4 at Judge Memorial at 6 pm.