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July 9, 2013

First-year coach Matt Gilpin looks to turn Huskies around

FAIRMONT — Matt Gilpin still remembers how it felt.

It was just over a decade ago. Gilpin, a 2002 graduate of Morgantown High School, was playing Huntington in the state soccer finals.

The Mohigans took the lead and the excitement built. Then as time expired, he took off in a full sprint across the field to celebrate the victory.

“I can remember winning the state championship and running across the field and how exciting that was,” he said.

Morgantown High soccer was dominant during the late ’90s and early 2000s. In each of his four seasons, the Mohigans played in the state championship game, winning the title in back-to-back seasons his sophomore and junior seasons.

Now, Gilpin is hoping to bring some of that success to North Marion as he begins his first season as the Huskies’ head soccer coach.

“Soccer has been close to my heart for a long time,” said Gilpin, who played approximately 15 years of recreational, travel and high school soccer. “I felt like it was time to get back into it.”

Gilpin’s task is no easy one. He is the second North Marion soccer coach in as many seasons. The first-year coach will attempt to turn the team around after a 3-15 year last season.

 

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