Morton strikes first

Bryan Veginski
Morton sophomore defender Kenzie Dorn moves the ball along the sideline Thursday during the girls soccer team's 2-1 home win over East Moline United Township. The Potters were 3-0 entering action this week.

The Morton girls soccer team toppled defending Class 2A sectional champion Notre Dame on March 24.

The Potters made a first-half goal stand up for a 1-0 victory in Peoria in a pairing of two area heavyweights.

“I am very proud of the ladies’ effort. We had significant contributions from our bench and hung on to beat a very good team,” said MHS head coach Tory DeLong.

Kayla McCormick gave Morton the only tally it would need in the 17th minute on an assist from Olivia Stoops.

McCormick beat the Irish goalkeeper on a 50-50 ball and finished on an open net.

Although ND controlled most of the second-half play, the Potters’ defense held strong to maintain the one-score advantage.

Morton keeper Emma Heisler capped the strong effort by the young unit by corralling 10 saves.

MHS 2, East Moline UT 1

The Potters won their third consecutive one-goal decision on Thursday.

Playing for the first time this spring at Rotary Field, Morton (3-0) never trailed after going ahead in the 24th minute.

McCormick played a dangerous ball into the 18-yard box that Maddie Tisdale got to and converted in the lone first-half score.

That tandem also was involved in the Potters’ second goal.

Tisdale was fouled inside the 18 at 50:15, generating a penalty kick. McCormick cashed in the PK to double the Morton advantage.

The Lady Panthers ended the Potters’ shutout bid in the 77th minute, but ran out of time for an equalizer.

DeLong said Lily Lindner and Kelli Mueller played very well in the hosts’ strong defensive performance against a quality United Township squad.

Heisler had nine saves on a chilly night against the Western Big 6 Conference guest.

“I could not be happier with our team’s play this week. They have done everything that I have asked them to do and have worked very hard,” DeLong said.

The game preceded another big test — Tuesday’s Mid-Illini Conference opener against defending league champion Metamora. The teams played to a 1-1 draw.