© Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Mike Morgan of the Under 14 team is seen during practice Wednesday at the Wellington Street Sports Complex.
Mike Morgan hasn’t had to look far for advice as he’s learned a new position on the soccer pitch this season.
He’s just had to ask his dad.
The 14-year-old Stephenville native will line up as striker for Western when Under-14 provincial boys soccer league playoffs get underway Saturday in St. John’s.
Morgan is flourishing in his new position after spending last season as a fullback.
His father, Mickey Power, is a well-known former striker who once played at the provincial challenge Cup level.
Morgan said his father introduced him to the sport at an early age and has been pleased to see his son’s transition to striker.
“He loves it and he’s giving me tips all the time,” Morgan said with a smile from the sidelines of a team practice Wednesday on the Wellington Street sports complex.
Western coach Doug Sweetapple said while Morgan isn’t as polished or experienced at the same age as his father, his pace and nose around the goal compare’s favorable to Power’s.
With 15 goals since June 28 — according to statistics posted on the league website — Morgan has certainly led the charge as Western (11-4-1) finished in third place in league standings.
The squad now faces St. John’s 14s (14-2-0) Saturday in the capital city in a match where the victor faces the winner of a match between league-leading Mount Pearl (15-0-1) and Feildians (8-5-3) in Sunday’s final.
Morgan said he’s excited about the opportunity to claim the league crown and expects his team to have a legitimate shot at winning.
He said the club has grown steadily over the summer and expects the team’s talented group of midfielders to lead the charge against a stingy St. John’s side.
Morgan thinks the midfield is the strongest aspect of this team, and said it can use its pace to open up the field.
The former striker said he’s gotten better at reading plays and being ready to receive the ball at all times.
Facing a must-win situation Saturday, Morgan said the team is eager to finally defeat St. John’s for an eventually crack against the powerhouse Mount Pearl side
“Winning would mean a lot because we haven’t beaten them in years,” he said.
Western and St. John’s square off 6:30 p.m. Saturday at King George V Park in St. John’s.
The final is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the King George pitch.