Athlete Spotlight: Eh Doh Say

By Mattie Leach

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Eh Doh Say shows off his ball dribbling in a game against Thomas Jefferson.

When MCHS Soccer faced Cassville,  junior Eh Doh Say (#11) scored 3 of the teams 4 goals and pulled off a hat-trick. Meanwhile, Cassville was held to just 1 goal. Because of his big night, we have decided Eh Doh deserves some recognition, which is why he has been chosen for a student-athlete spotlight.

What’s different about this year?

Eh Doh – “The season is going a lot better than last year. The teams passing has improved a lot. The new coach has changed how we handle our positions, so now we feel like we understand the positions better.”

Walk us through your big night.

“The first goal was a penalty kick, the second was a rebound, and the third goal, I was in the right place at the right time.”

What are your expectations for the postseason?

“Last year, the team almost won a game in districts, but we made mistakes that cost us the victory. This year, we are confident that we can finally get a win in districts.”

 

Our Incredible Journey

By Mabely Teodocio

It is not easy being on a first-year team, but we had fun, which is all that matters. McDonald County High School introduced a boy’s and girl’s soccer team in 2015, and I was lucky to be a part of the 2016 girl’s soccer team.

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First Lady Mustang Soccer Practice 2016

Our first practice was pretty rough. A lot of us, including me, had never played soccer before, at least not on a soccer field with rules, but it was nice to meet girls that I had never seen around in school. This soccer team allowed many girls that had never played a sport to be on a team where no one would judge them for not being “good” because, in reality, we all were a little clueless. We had the opportunity to win one game that season and that was a feeling I will never forget.

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First Lady Mustangs Win!

Our season quickly came to an end, so we waited and waited for the next season. When the first practice came along, we were all excited to see everyone again. Although we still had a lot to learn, we were determined to have a great season win or lose.

We knew we had to work hard, but we also knew it was only our second year. There were many games that were canceled or rescheduled due to the weather, which gave us fewer opportunities to play. Our soccer season was, unfortunately, not what we were all hoping for. We did not get to win a game, but we still tried our best every game, which is what mattered to us and our coaches.

I was fortunate enough to be a part of this incredible journey with my team. We faced many defeats, but we didn’t give up. No matter what, we still are not going to. This is the last year that I can be on this team, and on the behalf of the senior Lady Mustangs, I want to state that we are not finished making HERSTORY.

Champions League Quarter-Finals Preview

By Ricardo Ramirez

atletico-madrid-real-madrid_v7k8kge0wq9q1db20fj7v6x91The Champions League is one of the most prestigious and competitive competitions in world football and with the half of competition already over, it’s getting tougher to choose which teams will go to the finals. The Quarter-finals will start next week with Juventus and Barcelona kicking off the first leg of the matches, with Barcelona being the favorites despite nearly being eliminated in the Round of 16. Other matches include Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco, English club Leicester City continuing their impressive run against heavily favorites Atlético Madrid, and the biggest match up with reigning champions Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich. Other than Messi and Ronaldo, the players to look out for would be Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, Riyad Mahrez, Antoine Griezmann. The first leg of the matches will start April 11, and the second leg of matches starting on April 18.

Boys Soccer Feels Growing Pains in First Tournament

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Varsity team after the first game

 

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By Ricardo Ramirez

This past Thursday, August 26, the MCHS Boys Soccer Team kicked off their second season at the Cassville Classic Tournament. The Mustangs were looking to repeat last year’s success and win the tournament for the second year in a row. There was a lot of excitement going around the team as their first game against Thomas Jefferson approached, especially from varsity captain Alex Garcia.

“We’re going to win the tournament,”Garcia said before giving his prediction for the rest of the season “ The seniors we had were such an important piece of last year’s squad. This [Squad] needs more time to be together …but overall I think we’ll have a good start to the season.”

Thursday’s game went exactly how the Mustangs wanted to start the season off with a 4-0 victory over Thomas Jefferson, with multiple goals from Jeobany Marcos, Jose Valdez, and Eh Doh Say also provided some offensive spark, scoring one goal apiece.The Mustangs started Saturday with a highly tense match against New Covenant, The Mustangs controlled early on in the match, but New Covenant overpowered them to take the lead after what appeared to be a controversial call from the referee. The Mustangs would soon find an equalizer in the second half from Eh Doh Say with the goal assisted by Jeobany Marcos. New Covenant would go on to win the game in the dying last minutes of game to give the Mustangs their first defeat of the season.

The final match was against the host school, Cassville, the two teams looked evenly matched early in the game, but the Mustangs were quickly out powered by Cassville’s offense, leaving the Mustangs very frustrated with 4 of their players receiving yellow cards. The match ended with Cassville scoring 3 goals and keeping a clean sheet for their goalkeeper.