Martha Murray will add another trophy to her furnished mantle after leading Thomasville to yet another region championship on Thursday.
The decorated girls soccer coach whose tenure will reach a score in four years, oversaw the Lady ‘Dogs win 5-3 in a back-and-forth brute to Berrien – the year-after-year Robin to Thomasville’s Batman.
“It was a very typical Berrien road game,” Murray said after the win. “It’s always physical, always a battle.”
Berrien drew first with an early goal in the first period, then Thomasville bounced back with a two unanswered to take a 2-1 lead to halftime.
The Lady Rebels replicated the Lady ‘Dogs run with a pair of unanswered scores to take a 3-2 lead into the late stages of the game, but it would be the final time they scored.
Thomasville churned three goals in the second period, including two in the final eight minutes by season high-scorer Ciera McGriff and Zombria Morrow.
Murray said her anxiety slowly relinquished as each second ticked, comparable to the waning moments of Thomasville’s 2-1 victory over Thomas County Central earlier this season.
“When I saw the clock hit five minutes, we kind of went into Central mode – get it out of bounds, don’t worry about transitioning, just maintain possession,” Murray said.
“[Berrien] had a few breakaway goals earlier in the game, and we wanted to make sure that didn’t happen.”
The win ascended Thomasville to a 9-4 overall record, but more importantly, Murray said, retained a goose egg in the region loss column and secured a No. 1 seed for the state tournament.
“I think it’s just part of the tradition at Thomasville High School that we’re going to win the region,” Murray said. “It’s just part of our expectations.”
Thomasville has just one game left on its regular season slate against Cairo on Tuesday before hosting the first round – and possibly more – of the state tournament.
“We’re just focusing on getting in and out with no injuries,” Murray said of the upcoming Cairo game.
For now, the seasoned coach and her youthful bunch of Bulldogs will celebrate yet another region title.