Even dozen for Potter girls

Bryan Veginski

Morton twice battled back to tie the East Moline girls soccer team April 29, but the Lady Panthers emerged at the end with a non-conference victory.

East Moline won, 3-2, despite getting outshot in a game at Rotary Field made up from a March 21 postponement.

Down 1-0 at halftime, the Potters quickly tied in on an Alyssa Reitz goal assisted by Macy Martin.

Savannah Rhodes pulled Morton into a tie again 26 seconds after a East Moline tally with a score on a feed from Kayla McCormick.

The Lady Panthers posted the game winner in the final minutes.

"Against United Township, we dominated large portions of the game and offensively we did a great job of creating scoring chances," MHS head coach Derrek Drenckpohl said. "Unfortunately, we only put two in the back of the net, and even though UT had far fewer chances, they were much more efficient in their finishing."

Olivia Erickson and Emma Heisler both served as Potter goalkeepers.

MHS 7, Canton 0

The Potters earned their 12th consecutive Mid-Illini Conference championship April 30.

All the Morton (7-6-3, 6-0-0) goals came in the first half.

"We said from the beginning of the season that a 12th conference championship was one of our goals, and I am proud of our girls for working hard to achieve it," Drenckpohl said.

Scoring for the guests were: McCormick, Rhodes, Martin, Olivia Stoops (two), Lindner and Sami Hall.

Providing assists were: Ashli Voeller, Hannah Hoefft and Hall (two).

All of the Morton tallies came in a span of less than 11 minutes.

Erickson and Martin shared the Potter shutout.

Dunlap and Metamora both have a loss and a tie, meaning neither could catch Morton regardless of what it did Tuesday on Senior Night vs. East Peoria.

Game added: Morton played Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin Monday. SH-G prevailed, 2-1.

The game was added after the Quincy Notre Dame Invitational was canceled Friday.

The Cyclones were one of the teams the Potters were scheduled to play at the tournament.

Postseason: No. 1 seed Morton meets fourth-seeded East Peoria at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 2A Metamora Regional.

It will be the second game between the conference rivals in a week.

No. 2 seed Metamora or third-seeded Washington will await the winner in the 7 p.m. May 17 regional final.