The last time we saw Chris Morgan the Skyline soccer coach was carrying around the state championship trophy on the pitch in Novi. Morgan’s Eagles had just won the Division 1 state boys’ soccer title and all the hard work had paid off with the biggest prize of them all.
Morgan is back on the pitch but this time with the girls’ team who would like nothing better than to equal what their male classmates pulled off in November.
The Skyline girls’ team hasn’t won a state title but they have had plenty of success, including a trip to the Regional finals and twice to the Regional semifinals.
“We have a lot to prove this year, and there is a lot of motivation within the team,” says Morgan, who has coached the Eagles since Skyline first opened. “This year’s seniors are proving to be very strong, on and off the field! The underclassmen that have joined the team will look to contribute right away, and the sophomores and juniors are one year wiser and stronger.”
The Eagles will have a technically strong team. They did lose a few key pieces so it might take some time for the chemistry to mix just right. Defending as one, finishing, and of course fitness are at the top of Skyline’s to-do list.
Skyline finished 14-6-2 last year and placed second in the SEC. They lost to Saline in a shootout in the District final.
Top returning players include Gabby Ketola (F), Madison Marsh (D), Keren Maze (MF) and Allison Steglitz (MF). Top new players include DiOnna Hill (F).
The Eagles host Brighton at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in a non-league game.