By Richard Pryor III
This season for women’s soccer at Sewanee has been a bit rougher than usual. The team has had to deal with some injury problems, and goal scoring is down. However, there have been some great moments provided by the underclassmen on the team, giving hope for the team’s future, and no one exemplifies that more than Sam Morgan (C’22), a midfielder from Tyler, Texas.
During her four years at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Tyler, Morgan lettered all four years and received All-District honors all four years as well.
Morgan has scored four goals this semester, which is leading the team, despite only playing in 15 games and starting in only six. Morgan additionally leads the team in shot percentage, with her having a percentage of 22.2 percent. Morgan is in the top 15 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) for both as well and is notable for being one of a few in those groupings that is not a regular starter.
Midfield is a hard place for any athlete to get a start on this team, with stand out players like Morgan, Chloe Thompson (C’21), Dayla LaRocque (C’19), Mena Kerrison (C’20), and Morgan’s classmate, Paige Rupp (C’22). However, Morgan has them all beat when it comes to scoring, so hopefully, next year will see Morgan getting more playing time, and with it, more goals and wins for the team as a whole.
LaRoque also spoke highly of Morgan, informing The Purple that she “has had a phenomenal first season,” adding that knowing the team, “some freshmen were going to have to step up and [Morgan] has absolutely done that, especially when it comes to scoring in big moments.”
Women’s soccer at Sewanee has not had a great last few years. They haven’t had a winning record since 2015, when this year’s seniors were freshmen and the duo of Tyler Edell (C’18) and Katie Morrison (C’18) were getting goals like there was no tomorrow.
Unfortunately, there was a tomorrow, but with players like Morgan at the helm, the future is bright.