Tuesday, October 5, 2018, six Morgan High seniors stepped on their home pitch for their final regular season match. For all but one of these seniors, it was the end of a four-year journey as members of the MHS Girls’ Soccer Team—a team that brought home Morgan’s first ever State Soccer Title in 2017 and a Region Title as well. Best of luck to them in the future and the remainder of the 2018 season!
Alexia, a four-year member of the MHS team, started soccer when she was three. She played recreation soccer, moved to club soccer with Wasatch and also participated with Morgan Storm. She is an outside back and played on 2017 Region and State Championship teams. One of her favorite soccer memories is toilet papering their coach’s house after they won state. Alexia not only plays soccer at MHS but is Student Body Secretary, a member of National Honor Society and Debate teams, and also started the high school newspaper.
She would like people to remember her as a player who worked hard and had fun “I would hope that people could remember me as someone they could depend on and was nice.”
Alexia plans to attend a school in Utah to complete her Associate’s Degree before heading to Arizona State University to major in Broadcast Journalism. She is the daughter of Derrick and Jennifer Stanbridge.
“My family is a huge part of who I am. I am so grateful for them and don’t know where I would be without them,” she concluded.
“Play your hardest because you never know when it will be your last” is a quote that Emma would like to share. As a four-year player who began on defense as a freshman and moved to wing her final three years, Emma has exemplified this statement. A member of the 2017 Region and State Championship teams, Emma started soccer at seven with AYSO and played with Wasatch, Forza and Morgan. She loves to get balls through the backline, so she can get to a one-on-one, and one of her favorite moves is a nutmeg.
Emma, a daughter of Steve and Nicole Dredge, plans to pursue a career in the medical field, possibly nursing at the DATC or medical school. While in high school, she has been involved with the HOSA club, NHS, FBLA and track.
She hopes people will remember that she “tried to do her best and give it her all” and that she “is not always late to things.”
She has a number of great memories of high school soccer: winning state, bus rides with music and the senior trip with couch surfing, paddle boarding up the Snake River in the pouring rain as well as Rhylee’s black eye.
Hayden, daughter of Ryan and Stephanie Keele, also began playing soccer at three years old and continued to play with Morgan Storm, Wasatch and Rampage. Her favorite team is the US Women’s National Team, and Carri Lloyd is her favorite player. Hayden’s favorite soccer move is “ducking at balls in the air,” and she hopes to be remembered as a player who was “easy to talk to and kind.”
Although a major reconstruction of her ACL, MCL and meniscus kept Hayden from playing soccer one of her four years in high school, she was still a part of the team all four years, including the 2017 State Title team. Her position is wing.
Hayden plans to attend the University of Utah and become a bio chemist after completing Morgan High. At the high school, she is involved in the National Honor Society, FCLA, the Traveling Club, track and was on the basketball team her freshman year.
“I want my whole team to know that I love them and loved playing with them.”
Moa Redford, a senior exchange student from Norway, joined the Morgan High team for the first time this year as a striker and wing. She began playing soccer at age seven in Norway and has played for two separate teams. She fondly remembers “soccer cups in Denmark” and her favorite team has a distinctive European flavor: Manchester United.
Her parents are David and Sofie Redford, and her local host parents are Klint and Leslie Heywood.
Moa will return to Norway next year to complete her studies as they attend 13 years of school in addition to kindergarten. She hopes to study law after her graduation from high school in Norway. In addition to soccer, Moa enjoys playing handball.
Rhylee is another four-year member of the team who was only able to play three seasons due to injury. Unfortunately for Rhylee, she broke her ankle at the beginning of her senior season and had to have surgery. She will not be cleared for play until after the high school season is over but looks forward to exploring options to play soccer in college.
In 2017, as a junior forward and member of the State and Region Champion teams, she was named to the All-Area First team, Deseret News First Team All-State, and Salt Lake Tribune Honorable Mention All-State team.
Rhylee, the daughter of Tina House and Bryan Freeman, loves heading the ball. She hopes to be remembered as outgoing and “aggressive in the air.” She’s been playing soccer since she was three and has competed with Morgan, Rampage and Wasatch club teams.
She played basketball her freshman year and is also a member of the MHS Ping Pong Club.
She would love to continue to play soccer in college and would like to go to nursing school but will never forget the amazing senior trip with her fellow senior soccer players.
Talli, daughter of Blair and Tiffany Gardner, has been plans after she completes high school. She would like to travel and then attend the University of Utah to become and interior designer.
Some of her favorite high school soccer memories include “playing on the team with my sister, Haylee; winning State; and sleeping at the high school with Rhylee until 3 am because we didn’t have a ride home.”
A Deseret News First Team All-State Defender in 2017, Talli has played in integral part of the team for four years and reminds underclassmen, “have fun. Don’t stress about the little things. Just laugh and move on.”
She wants her parents to know “I have been playing soccer my entire life. I have so many memories playing this game, both good and bad and I am so glad that I have you to push me to be a better player and person. Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you have put into me playing. I love you!”