Potters girls discard Dunlap

Bryan Veginski

Morton is in an enviable position.

The Potters control their own destiny in their pursuit of a 13th Mid-Illini Conference girls soccer championship in the last 14 years.

A 4-2 Morton (6-0-1, 2-0-1) home win over Dunlap at Rotary Field on April 14 meant that if the team wins its last four league games, it can do no worse than a 2015 co-title.

“Dunlap is a very strong squad and I am proud of our girls’ ability to play hard and come away with a very good result,” MHS head coach Tory DeLong said.

After an Eagles goal in the fifth minute, Sami Hall drew a foul in the box and Kayla McCormick cashed in the penalty kick to tie it.

The flurry of early offense continued at 8:30 when Sami Hall put the Potters in front 2-1 on an Olivia Stoops assist.

A Claire Younker tally, on a helper from Stoops, increased the margin to 3-1, but Dunlap fought back with a score.

The Eagles had opportunities during a 30-minute scoreless stretch when they consistently pressured the Morton defense.

Potters goalkeeper Emma Heisler made a game-altering punch save, one of her 14 on the night, to keep Dunlap from getting the equalizer.

That stop seemed to reenergize the home team, DeLong said, and a Cassidy Waltz goal, assisted by Younker, made it 4-2 at the 76:45 mark.

Morton won despite a 16-5 deficit in shots on goal. It was the Eagles’ third loss overall, but first in conference play.

The upcoming game to track for Potters’ fans is Tuesday when Dunlap (4-1-0 in M-I) travels to Metamora (3-0-1).