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Morgan captures the Region 13 title with three wins

Apr 25, 2024 09:53AM ● By Brian Shaw

Senior Connor Canfield (No. 7) celebrates Morgan’s Region 13-clinching victory on Monday April 22.

For the Morgan Trojans boys soccer team, that loss at Ogden must have had some lingering effect on them, because it permeated into the beginning of the next game at home versus Ben Lomond Wednesday, April 17. 

“It was a crazy game. We were down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes,” said Morgan head coach Seth Wallace. “Then we scored 7 straight.” 

Agony turned to determination as the Trojans erased any thoughts from their minds that there would be a repeat of that 0-3 loss at Ogden in the next 30 minutes, scoring four goals on Ben Lomond before halftime.  

“Once we got a goal back our confidence came back,” explained Coach Wallace. From that point forward, the Trojans would knock three more goals into the net before calling it a day. Was it a mental lapse on the part of the kids in those first 10 minutes? Coach Wallace thought so. 

“For sure. Ben Lomond beat Ogden and they have some really good players that weren't with them the first time we played,” said Coach Wallace, whose Morgan squad got three goals from leading scorer senior Jett Beckstrom, two more from sophomore Trace Henderson and one apiece from junior Connor Wirick and sophomore Cody Adams. 

That got the Trojans up to seven wins in Region 13 play but the boys still needed at least one more W in their final two home games: Friday, April 19 versus Grantsville and Monday, April 22 vs. South Summit. 

Against Grantsville, Beckstrom had an uncharacteristically tough game missing several scoring opportunities, said Coach Wallace. 

But, the other Trojans stepped up when a scoring punch was needed, provided primarily by senior Beau Johnson, who also had the first hat-trick in his career at Morgan High, scoring three times. Senior Braxton Greenwald also scored a goal as did sophomore Cody Adams, in a 5-0 romp over the Cowboys. 

Now up to eight wins on the season in Region 13 play, the Trojans hosted South Summit. It was another shutout victory for Morgan, as Beau Johnson continued his torrid scoring pace with two goals and three assists in a 6-0 thrashing of South Summit on Monday, April 22. 

Sitting on nine wins, the Trojans finished the 2023-24 regular season with a 12-2 record and won another Region 13 title at 9-1. According to Coach Wallace, there was very little time for celebration; they had done that before and it bit them big time at state. 

Instead, he said the boys will rest up and heal up for the long haul ahead at the 3A state soccer tournament, which for these Trojans begins bright and early on May 1. λ

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