Potters trounce Limestone, IVC

Bryan Veginski

Morton dismantled the Limestone girls soccer team on April 7.

A four-goal first half paved the way to a 6-0 Mid-Illini Conference victory in a game in Bartonville.

The Potters improved to 1-0-1 in league action entering Tuesday’s showdown versus Dunlap. The Eagles were 3-0.

“Every conference game is important as we try to keep pace with Metamora and Dunlap,” said MHS head coach Torry DeLong.

A hat trick by Sami Hall led a Morton offense that generated 30 shots on goal.

She first scored on an assist at the 2:20 mark by Kayla McCormick, and the Potters never were threatened.

Hall also had first-half goals 55 seconds apart, on passes from Maddie Tisdale and Claire Younker, respectively, as the Potters established a 4-0 lead.

Cassidy Waltz had the other Morton tally before intermission after the Rockets held the guests scoreless for more than 19 minutes.

Younker made it 5-0 before Maya Phan capped the offensive deluge on a Jessica Lee assist at 59:35.

MHS 7, Illinois Valley Central 1

With five goals in the first 11 minutes, the Potters cruised on the road on Saturday.

Six different players had goals for Morton (5-0-1), which had a 13-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Hall scored in just nine seconds on a McCormick feed, then found the net again before the one-minute mark.

“The team’s offense seems to be hitting its stride right now,  especially Sami Hall, who now has five goals in the last two games,” DeLong said. “We hope to keep the momentum going into (this) week.”

Tisdale made it 3-0 in the fourth minute on a McCormick assist, then the latter turned into the scorer on a Hall pass.

The Potters’ onslaught continued in the 11th minute when Phan beat IVC goalkeeper Taylor Neys on a Leah Wabel helper.

Wabel concluded the first half with a goal in the 38th minute assisted by Waltz.

It was a 7-0 margin early in the second half on a Younker score aided by an Olivia Stoops pass.

Keepers Emma Heisler and Kathryn Rochford again shared the Morton victory.

Special event: The Potters’ April 28 home game against East Peoria will be this year’s Packing the Place for a Cure night.

The conference rivals hope their fans will join them in raising money for cancer research through a donation to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation.

The game begins at 7 p.m., with activities for “Just Cure It,” this year’s theme, beginning 30 minutes prior to kickoff.

Participants can buy T-shirts for $12 each or two for $20, or raffle tickets for an iPad Mini for $5 each or five for $20.