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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Irish remain sectional king with 8-2 win over Morton

  • Morton advanced to the boys soccer matchup it desires before the year even starts.
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  • Morton advanced to the boys soccer matchup it desires before the year even starts.
    The Potters shut out Morris Oct. 23, 2-0, in the Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional semifinals.
    "It was a good match for us. We dominated a lot of the game," MHS head coach Derrek Drenckpohl said.
    Scoreless until the 19th minute in Peoria, Drew Hodges put Morton in the lead on a goal assisted by Drew Quisenberry.
    Hanging on to a 1-0 advantage, Carson Gray's tally in the 77th minute on a Wade Rossi helper secured the Potters' spot in the final.
    "It was a tough, hard-fought match," said Drenckpohl. "Credit goes to Morris for making us play a full 80 minutes."
    The Redskins had just two shots on goal, limiting their opportunities against Morton goalkeeper Jordan Repholz.
    The Potters did not allow a goal in any of their first three postseason games.
    Notre Dame won the first semifinal, 4-0, vs. Mid-Illini Conference champion Washington.
    Notre Dame 8, MHS 2
    The Irish won their sixth sectional championship in a row on their home field Friday.
    Morton (13-7-5) trailed 3-0 at halftime, and Notre Dame did not slow down in the second half.
    "It was a rough one for us to end our season on," Drenckpohl said.
    After a scrappy goal in the fifth minute, ND delivered a fantastic score at 15:15.
    "The story of the game is those two goals," said Drenckpohl. "You could see the life suck out of us a little bit."
    The Irish netted two goals in the first 12 minutes after intermission before Gray broke up the shutout.
    With ND up 7-1 in the waning moments, Gray scored again.
    The 19-win Irish peppered shots at Repholz and five different players had goals.
    The loss ended the Potters' first season under Drenckpohl.
    "I'm happy with the season," Drenckpohl said, adding it was a positive experience. "They were a great group of boys, great 11 seniors."
    The meeting was the teams' sixth in the last seven years at the sectional level. Four of those, all won by Notre Dame, have decided the title.
    Morton especially played well in the second half of the season, finishing 9-3-1.
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