May 18, 2008
Dawson -- The Terrell Academy girls soccer team was out on the practice field Sunday, as they get ready to head to the state semifinals for the first time since 2005, and just the second time in school history.
The Lady Eagles have a 15-1 record so far this season, after shutting out Holy Spirit 2-0 in the quarterfinals.
The Terrell Academy senior class played a big role as freshman in the Lady Eagles first trip to the Semi's three years ago, and made it a goal before the season to get back to the Final Four this year.
Now that they're here, the next step is to play for a state championship, and Terrell Academy head coach Patrick Cuff says Tuesday's semifinals match with Trinity Christian should be a battle of two strong offenses.
"I don't see it as a high scoring match," says Cuff. "I hope it's not a high scoring match. It could end up as one, but I don't see it as one. I see it as a 1-0 or 2-0 game. They're very fast. They're an offensive team just like we are, and it's going to be a good match."
Senior Morgan Donald son says, "The last time we were in the Final Four, I was a freshman, and I'm a senior now, so it was a pretty long time ago. It was one of our goals to make it at the beginning of the year, and I think it's great that we made it, because it's something we really, really wanted."
The senior says she'll be using the experience from 2005 in this years semifinals.
"Freshman year was a lot of heartbreak, because we got beat in basketball, and then in soccer," says Donald son. "The experience is definitely something I can bring, because I've had a lot more experience through the years, and I think it's something that all the older girls can bring to the final four."
Cuff says, "They had great senior leadership back then as well. Several girls that were good athletes throughout Terrell Academy history, and those seniors started training and setting the stone for these seniors we have now."
Terrell Academy will take on Trinity Christian Tuesday at 7:30 on the Mount de Sales campus.