Dougherty preps Hugh Mills for first soccer game in years

Dougherty preps Hugh Mills for first soccer game in years
Nicholas Nicholson fixing the net the eve before the 1st round (Source: WALB)
Dougherty soccer senior captains (Source: WALB)
Dougherty soccer senior captains (Source: WALB)
Azimi Marwan (Source: WALB)
Azimi Marwan (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - "We looked at the field and we said, where are the goals?"

Dougherty soccer coach Nicholas Nicholson had to jump into action this afternoon setting up the high school's own nets at Hugh Mills Stadium which hasn't seen a soccer game in years.

While he set the nets up, he shared the Trojans journey to possibly hosting 2 postseason games after winning an unprecedented region title.

"In the 8 years that I've been here we have not," said Nicholson who has served as head coach for the past four years.

Things have changes on the East side. For the first time ever they have a community coach Azimi Marwan helping on the pitch.

Plus the Trojans who went (5-1) in the region have a motto inspired by the school's principal.

"Rise of an empire, and I think what we've been trying to do is try to instill that in the kids," said Nicholson.

Staring with the senior captains, and trickling down the Trojans have bought in.

But some of them still haven't grasped just how major it is that they're not only in the state playoffs, but they're hosting.

"They really just can't comprehend exactly what they've accomplished," said Nicholson. "But we hope to just build and continue on what we started."

The new turf instillation at Hugh Mills Stadium in 2015 to allowed city schools to host soccer state playoff games.

No teams earned the right to host in 2016 nor 2017, but Wednesday night the Dougherty boys will break it in against Appling County.

"They're going to have a fan but for us, and we'll be out here just celebrating and having a good time," said Nicholson.

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