Mosley girls soccer dialed in for district tournament

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Mosley girls soccer coach Marek Betkowski has been coaching at the high school since 1997.

He's seen (and won) just about everything, including 18 district crowns combined between the boys and girls teams.

Still, this year's girls team is earning praise as high as any he's doled out previously.

"It's a great group of kids," Betkowski said before the regular season finale. "The team chemistry is probably better than any team I can remember."

The Dolphins beat district and county rival Arnold 4-0 Thursday night, wrapping the regular season with a 9-1-1 record, unbeaten in 3A-2.

Led by 17 goals from Emily Duncan, the Dolphins are outscoring opponents 51-7.

The chemistry isn't the only thing unmatched by prior Betkowski squads. The circumstances post-Hurricane Michael are unique to all teams in the area.

Nearly a third of games were cut from the schedule along significant practice time leading up to the season opener on November 30.

Despite uncertainty in their home town off the field, the Dolphins have been a sure bet on it.

"It was a disadvantage for the first few games playing without much practice time. I think right now we're [caught] up and we should be good to go."

Mosley is turning the negative of Michael into a positive for their play.

"It lowered the number of games that we played this season, which, overall, it may not be a bad thing. Many, many seasons before, when we reached the district tournament, we had twenty-something games and the players were getting tired and injured. So who knows, it may be actually a good thing."

The district tournament begins Tuesday at Tommy Oliver Stadium, with Arnold facing Wakulla at 4:30 and the Dolphins battling Bay at 6:30.