Go get 'em, Lady Vikings
A new sport is emerging in Coweta County.
Each of the boys and girls soccer teams from East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate high schools made the GHSA playoffs. The Heritage School girls and Trinity Christian’s boys made the GISA Class AAA tournament as well.
Unfortunately, each fell by the wayside. The latest heartbreak was a penalty kick playoff where No. 2 state-ranked East Coweta Indians lost by one point Wednesday night. A win would have sent them to the state championship game.
One team remains.
The Northgate Lady Vikings beat longtime nemesis McIntosh, which has won the state title eight times, in a 2-1 overtime win Tuesday night. The Lady Vikings play for the state championship Saturday at the University of West Georgia’s Wolves Stadium in Carrollton at noon.
It would be at this point we should sharpen our pencils and come up with the perfect “go get ‘em, ladies” or Gipper speech. That’s already been done, and better than anything we could pen.
We leave it to the experts. Following is what Hannah Murray, co-captain of the Lady Vikings, sent to her teammates before the Final Four game against McIntosh:
“We’ve made it. We’ve worked hard. We’ve done our jobs. Now what are you going to do with it?
“You can have all the talent in the world and let it go to waste. DO NOT WASTE IT. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. I’m so proud of every one of y’all. Y’all are like sisters to me and I would kill for every single one of you. We’ve made it here because we have played as a team.
“Tonight I’m honored to play with you. I’m honored to be able to give everything I’ve got - for you, for me, for us. Be a team tonight. Encourage, motivate, give it everything. Be the team that shocks everyone. Play as a team.
“Make the save you never thought you would. Tackle the girl you never thought you could keep up with. Take on the defender you never thought you could get around. Score the goal that gets us to the finals. Pass. Distribute. Defend. Score. Save. Do your part, because without your part we won’t accomplish anything.
“Leave it on the field. Don’t stop. Don’t let the crowd get to you- do YOUR part. Don’t impress - play. Let your actions speak tonight. Today is our day. Nothing can stand in our way. Don’t leave yourself with regrets. Give it 110% and leave no energy to even walk off the field! I will personally carry you off the field after the game if you’ve given it your all!
“There should be no energy left in your bodies to even get on the bus after. And if there is, you’ll regret every bit of it. You’ll regret every tackle you didn’t get stuck into, every pass you didn’t complete, every save you didn’t make and every opportunity to score you didn’t take advantage of. Play aggressive and don’t be scared - this is a beatable team. Put in the work and don’t stop. Whatever happens, happens. We can do this.
“I believe in you, I believe in me, I believe in us. It’s your time, it’s my time, it’s our time.
“‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’”
Saturday is the Lady Vikings’ time. It’s also our time. It does not matter whether you are an Indian, Cougar, Viking, Hawk or a Lion, because this weekend we are all Vikings.
This is the opportunity for the entire community, from Newnan to Senoia, to come out and support the Lady Vikings.
Kick it, ladies. It’s your time.