Holy Spirit Prep junior soccer player Morgan Delaney lists physics as her favorite subject, has a 4.0 grade-point average and has an interest in aerospace engineering with potential aspirations to become an astronaut. Meanwhile on Planet Earth, the midfielder has helped the Cougars jump out to a 8-1-1 mark on the field with four goals and three assists.
“As a holding midfielder, Morgan’s specialty is shooting from distance and catching the keeper off guard,” Holy Spirit had coach Pete Radosta said. “Morgan takes all of the corner kicks, and she is so precise with her delivery into the box, close enough for our players to get to the ball, yet just out of the keeper’s reach. She really has a special skill on set plays. Morgan is very smart with the ball and does a fantastic job of distributing the ball in building the offensive attack or on a quick counter-attack. She has a high soccer IQ and excellent vision of the field, anticipating much of what happens before it actually happens.”
The Cougars extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-3 road victory at the Fugees Academy March 26.
“Communication and keeping possession of the ball have been keys to success this season,” Delaney said. “We’re a close-knit team. The coaches allow us to be ourselves and through that everyone accepts each other. Nobody is afraid to say what needs to be said on or off the field to win. I make sure everyone is happy in what they’re doing because if you’re having a negative day, that can affect everyone on the field.”
Said Radosta, “Morgan has a fantastic attitude. She never gets flustered and always stays calm under pressure. She is the first to help a player up, and she always has encouraging words for her teammates. Morgan is a joy to coach and I’m proud to see her as an inspiration to the whole team.”
With only six matches left in the regular season, Holy Spirit is placing itself in solid position for the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) postseason starting April 23.
“We have a chance heading into the state tournament and competing for a championship,” Delaney said. “Our players are determined to win and want to be recognized for our strength and power.”
Delaney attended Holy Spirit until the ninth grade, when she transferred to St. Pius X. She returned to Holy Spirit as a sophomore.
I felt that the Holy Spirit community was welcoming to me, and the teachers really want to make you succeed as students,” she said. There’s a positive vibe at Holy Spirit that’s different than anywhere else.”
Delaney began playing soccer at age 3 and is also a member of the NASA Tophat club team based in Kennesaw.
“I wanted to play soccer because it had a flair that no other sport had,” she said. “It was a way for me to remain active socially and stay grounded while learning life lessons without getting hit too hard. The club team always prepares me technically and physically to become a better player for the school season.”
Delaney lists U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team player and Georgia native Morgan Brian as an athlete of inspiration.
“She’s a really good player from Georgia and rooted in several values that I respect,” she said.
Morgan, the daughter of Kristen and Michael Delaney, is on the youth board for the UNICEF USA Southeast regional office in Atlanta.
“My parents want me and my brother to have strong values in helping others that are less privileged as we are,” she said. “We found it’s a great way to reach out to other kids in the community.”
Holy Spirit returns to action April 2 at home against the Atlanta Girls’ School.