The Morton boys soccer team quickly erased a one-goal halftime deficit Wednesday.



The Potters exploded for three goals in a 4:02 span early in the second half en route to a 5-1 victory over Metamora in the Class 2A Ottawa Sectional semifinals.


The Morton boys soccer team quickly erased a one-goal halftime deficit Wednesday.

The Potters exploded for three goals in a 4:02 span early in the second half en route to a 5-1 victory over Metamora in the Class 2A Ottawa Sectional semifinals.

Not deterred after watching Redbird goalkeeper Shafer Miller stop each of its plentiful first-half shots, Morton (21-3) quickly turned the tide after intermission.

“We’ve been able to do that all year,” MHS head coach Brian Deters said of the team’s quick-striking ability.

Mark Curtis netted the equalizer at 42:02 on a Mark Anderson assist.

Just 3:05 later, Carson Gray gave the Potters a lead they would not surrender on an Eric Fuehring helper.

Morton’s Mack Hasinger executed perfectly a direct kick from just to the right of the 18-yard box, dropping it below the crossbar at the 46:04 mark for a 3-1 advantage.

Gray registered his second tally midway through the second half on a Tom Homa pass.

Homa picked up his second assist at 71:07 on a Fuehring goal that triggered a variety of reserves reporting into the game over the final eight-plus minutes.

“It’s a credit to our guys coming out and believing in the second half they could do it,” Deters said.

The Potters’ adjustments at halftime focused more mental on the mental side. They remained confident, knowing only one goal was necessary to extend the season at least into overtime.

“We all calmed down and played our game,” Anderson said.

Metamora (14-6-1) had the only goal in the first half at 11:03. Danny Ausman scored on an assist from Max Daniels.

“They definitely play hard all the time,” said Hasinger of the Redbirds. “They’re very technical, fast players.”

Injuries forced the entire Metamora starting unit to play the whole game except for when Quinn Vaughn received a yellow card. He was on the sideline for less than a minute before reentering.

Up next for Morton is Notre Dame (18-5), a 6-1 winner on the same night against Morris. The sectional final is at 11 a.m. Saturday.

"We're right where we want to be," said Deters of the much-anticipated rematch with the Irish. 

This will be the fifth postseason meeting in the six years between the Potters and ND. The Irish won each time of the previous four times, in a sectional semifinal or final, by one goal.

"We're really excited," Anderson said as ND warmed up before playing Morris. "We want to play Notre Dame."

The Ottawa Sectional champion will move on to the Notre Dame Super-sectional at 7 p.m. Tuesday against either Lemont or Midlothian Bremen.