Potters knock off East Moline, advance to sectional final

Bryan Veginski
Morton senior Alyssa Reitz had a goal and an assist Tuesday as the girls soccer team defeated East Moline, 4-2, in the Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional semifinals. The Potters advanced to play the host Irish for the title at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Morton girls soccer team set up a rematch with its fiercest rival.

A 4-2 victory May 21 over East Moline United Township in the Class 2A Notre Dame Sectional semifinals extended the Potters’ winning streak to five games.

Morton (12-7-3) earned a date Friday against Notre Dame (11-9-2) with a spot in the Elite Eight on the line.

“They want to regain that (sectional) title and we want to repeat what we did last year,” MHS head coach Derrek Drenckpohl said.

Morton and Notre Dame will meet for the fourth season in a row at the sectional level. Three of the battles in that span will have decided the championship.

Against the Lady Panthers, the Potters led 2-0 at halftime, then pushed the margin to 4-1 in the 68th minute.

East Moline had 14 seniors, so Drenckpohl talked at the half about Morton needing to match its opponents’ energy.

“When they did score, I thought our response was excellent,” he said.

McCormick had a hat trick, including two first-half scores 1 minute, 10 seconds apart. Macy Martin assisted on the second goal.

After East Moline got on the scoreboard at the 49:51 mark, Alyssa Reitz passed to McCormick for a tally less than three minutes later that restored the Potters’ advantage to two.

Reitz then made it 4-1 at 67:06, part of the team’s 16-7 margin in shots on goal.

Olivia Erickson collected five saves as the Morton keeper.

“This time of year, we want to be playing our best soccer and I think we are,” said Drenckpohl.