Potters again perfect

Bryan Veginski
The Morton girls soccer players and coaches gather after the program’s Pack the Place Pick/Senior Night May 7. The Potters’ 8-0 win over East Peoria capped off the team’s 12th consecutive Mid-Illini Conference championship. Morton seniors Ashli Voeller, Alyssa Reitz and Erica Vedas never lost a league game over their four-year careers.

Morton at least got the chance to play one of its girls soccer foes from the Quincy Notre Dame Invitational.

The Potters added a May 6 game with Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin after the two-day tournament was canceled, wiping out three games.

Unfortunately, Morton absorbed another close non-conference loss as the Cyclones rallied with a pair of second-half goals for a 2-1 victory in Springfield.

“I thought we went down there and played well,” MHS head coach Derrek Drenckpohl said. “We kind of dominated in the first half a little bit.”

Kayla McCormick’s goal at the 16:55 mark gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage.

SH-G turned its fortunes around in the second half with two scores in the first 20:30.

“In the first 20 minutes, they really took it to us,” said Drenckpohl.

Morton recovered to play well in the last 20 minutes of the half, but could not net the equalizer.

MHS 8, East Peoria 0

The Potters put the finishing touches on their 12th straight Mid-Illini Conference crown May 7.

Morton went 7-0 this spring, pushing its league record over the last dozen years to 121-2-4.

“I’m proud of the girls for their effort winning conference,” Drenckpohl said.

All three players honored on Senior Night — Alyssa Reitz (two), Erica Vedas and Ashli Voeller — had goals as the Potters led 8-0 at halftime.

“It was nice to send them out like that,” said Drenckpohl of the trio’s final home appearance. Each got some varsity time for four years.

McCormick, Savannah Rhodes and Abbie Cox had the first three tallies.

Assists on the second through fifth scores went to Meghan Drew, Vedas, Rhodes and Maddie Tisdale, respectively.

Drenckpohl said the $10,000 overall benchmark was surpassed after another successful Pack the Place Pink Night, which also occurred that evening.

The money raised goes to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation.  

Olivia Erickson had the shutout. She needed to make only two saves.

MHS 3, Normal University 1

The Potters ended a long dry spell in non-conference action Friday.

Morton (9-7-3) won for the first time outside of the M-I since a 7-0 whipping of Illinois Valley Central April 6.

Focused on breaking through in a non-league game in the regular-season finale, Drenckpohl said he thought the team played a great game.

Macy Martin broke a scoreless tie at 42:22 on a Reitz helper.

McCormick then produced two goals in a span of 1 minute, 3 seconds.

They both came on fantastic finishes on crosses from Rhodes.

“We were able to take care of business the rest of the game defensively,” said Drenckpohl.

Only a score in the final seconds prevented Erickson, who made five saves, from a shutout.

Postseason: The Class 2A Metamora Regional final is set for 7 p.m. Friday.

No. 1 seed Morton will try for its 10th regional title in the last 12 years.

“I think we feel confident we can come out of that regional again, but it’s going to be a fight for us to do it,” Drenckpohl said.

The Metamora Regional champion advances to play the East Moline Regional winner in the Notre Dame Sectional semifinals at 5 p.m. Tuesday.