Girls’ defense sturdy

Bryan Veginski

Morton rose to the challenge of a treacherous girls soccer game.

On the road April 21, the Potters downed Metamora, 4-0, to hand the Redbirds their first Mid-Illini Conference loss.

The Redbirds came out early and set the tone, but two Morton tallies in each half decided the match.

“Defensively, I thought we were solid the whole night,” MHS head coach Brian Deters said.

He added the team seems to have rediscovered its defensive intensity.

Jessica Campbell’s move to a center-back position is one of the keys that is helping the unit grow impenetrable.

In the 33rd minute, the Potters broke a scoreless deadlock with a Holly Bennett goal assisted by Kayla Campbell.

Before halftime, Kristin Dierker doubled the Morton advantage.

The girls added some more cushion with a Bennett score on a Tori Vance helper.

Dierker concluded the Potter offensive fun after finishing off a Rachael Payne shot that was deflected.

MHS 6, Dunlap 0: With the previous week’s tie vs. the Eagles fresh in their minds, the Potters produced an impressive result Thursday.

Morton (7-1-1, 6-0-1) hammered host Dunlap after settling for a 3-3 tie in the previous conference meeting when the Eagles overcame a 3-0 deficit.

“It was a big night for us, there’s no doubt,” said Deters.

Kayla Mueller got Morton going on an Erika Payne feed about halfway through the opening period.

Dierker then landed two consecutive goals about a minute apart with Kathryn Hess assisting on the first.

Five minutes into the second half, Dierker completed a hat trick and a five-goal week on a Mueller helper.

It was a 5-0 margin when Bennett executed a nice corner kick and Mueller beat the Dunlap goalkeeper with a shot.

In the 66th minute, Kayla Campbell played a ball to the weak side that an unmarked Bennett turned into the sixth Potter score.

Morton’s Brooke Bisping added to her shutout list facing a minimal number of shots.

Deters said Lauren Wirth, Hess, Katherine Vedas, Jessica Campbell, Bisping and Tess Overcash, as well as other girls who enter in a defensive-minded role, are really committed to the basic principles of defending.