In a year when the MHS girls soccer team was supposedly “re-building” after losing a large senior class who won MHS’s first-ever state championship in girls’ soccer, and in a year when they had already lost twice to number one ranked Judge Memorial in the regular season, the MHS Girls Soccer Team not only managed to return to the state title game, but also won it 1-0 over a tough Judge team.
Morgan’s 2018 team didn’t let their youth or previous match results influence their play last Saturday, October 20, at Rio Tinto Stadium, they went out and played their game and came home with the 3A State Championship—a second for many of the girls on the team. Although close to half of the 44 team members are freshmen, it was one of their own who scored the only goal in the game. Freshman Sadie McGreer nailed a penalty kick in the first half to give Morgan the advantage 1-0 going into the second period.
Junior goal keeper Taylor Condie made several spectacular saves in the second half to maintain the lead and earn the win. She received great support from the MHS defenders as well.
“It was awesome to win state back-to-back,” Condie reported. “I really wanted to win, and it felt amazing to finally beat Judge. The team came together, and all of our hard work paid off.”
Condie’s mom, Kara, reported that her dad, Ryan, paced the final three games. “At state,” she recalled, “our entire family was standing for the last 15 minutes where the game was so close.”
Sophomore Brooklyn Peterson, who scored a goal in the semifinal win over Summit Academy shared, “state is a once in a lifetime opportunity and to be able to be there twice is fantastic. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities my team has had and look forward to many more.”
Judge Memorial entered the championship game as the heavy favorite to win having defeated Morgan both times during the regular season—1-0 at Morgan on September 18, and, 5-2, on October 4, at home. The Bulldogs were looking for redemption from the 4-1 loss the Lady Trojans handed them in the championship match last year; but Morgan wasn’t intimidated. They came out strong and ready to play as a team.
“It felt amazing. We knew we could beat them, but it was a matter of peaking at the right time and state was the perfect time,” Peterson concluded.
Morgan advanced to the finals with a 2-0 victory over Summit Academy in the semifinal match on Friday, October 19, at Juan Diego High School. Senior Hayden Keele scored a goal in the first half and sophomore Brooklyn Peterson added another in the second half. Keeper Taylor Condie recorded the shutout.
Congratulations to the MHS Girls’ Soccer Team on their 2018 3A State Championship!