January 28, 2014 10:42:25 AM
VICKSBURG -- The New Hope High School girls soccer team didn't have to go to overtime this year.
That doesn't mean the drama was any less intense for head coach Mary Nagy.
"I am too old for this," Nagy said. "We can't have a slow start like this and have us stand on the sideline."
Effie Morrison did her part to make up for the slow start. The junior forward scored four goals in the second half to help New Hope rally for a 5-4 victory against Vicksburg in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
With the victory, New Hope (9-2-1) will play the winner of the Center Hill-Oxford match, which has been rescheduled for Wednesday, on Saturday at a time and location to be announced.
"We had a slow start again and were more reactive than proactive," Nagy said. "We told the girls at halftime that they weren't playing and doing the things that we trained them to do.
"I am so proud of the girls. Not one of them complained, fussed, or argued. They kept pushing."
Morrison scored the game-winner with less than three minutes to go in regulation.
"She came out strong and wasn't going down," Nagy said of Morrison. "She took control in the second half."
Tuva Rasmussen scored in the first half following a shot from midfield by Morrison. Ashley Martian and Madison Thrasher each had two assists.
In 2011, New Hope beat Oxford 3-2 in overtime for what Nagy believes was the program's first playoff victory. It defeated Hernando 5-4 in OT in 2012 and Saltillo 2-1 in OT last season.