Potters bolt to early soccer lead vs. Moline

Bryan Veginski

Rochester ended Morton’s season-long seven-game unbeaten streak on April 20.

The Rockets handed the Potters a 3-0 loss in a marquee girls soccer game at Rotary Field.

Leading 1-0 at halftime, Rochester netted two second-half goals 37 minutes apart to advance to 10-1.  

“The Rockets were able to control play for most of the game and limited our chances to score,” MHS head coach Tory DeLong said. “They are a quality program and I expect them to compete for the 1A championship.”  

Morton was outshot 9-3 by Rochester in the first of three contests on the week.

MHS 3, Pekin 0

In a score reversal, the Potters captured a Mid-Illini Conference win on April 21.

Morton upped its league record to 3-0-1 and remained tied for second place with Metamora through four weeks of play.

The Redbirds were scheduled to play host to M-I leader Dunlap on Tuesday. The Eagles, having played an extra conference game, were on top of the standings at 4-1-0 despite a 4-2 loss to the Potters on April 14.

Morton kept its prime position in the league with two quick tallies in the second half.

“The ladies were able to rebound less than 24 hours after their first loss of the season,” said DeLong.

Maya Phan scored in the 17th minute on an assist from Kenzie Dorn to put the Potters on top at Coal Miner’s Park.

Early in the second half, Kayla McCormick doubled the Morton advantage on a Sami Hall helper.

At 47:30, Hall found the net on a double assist from Claire Younker and McCormick.

Younker played a great ball from the right wing, DeLong said, and McCormick one-touched it to Hall for the finish.  

Goalkeeper Emma Heisler made four saves for the shutout for Morton.

MHS 4, Moline 2

The Potters topped the Class 3A Maroons on Friday.

“This was a great result for our team,” DeLong said. “Moline has a very good team and I hope the ladies realize that we can be very dangerous when we play good possessive soccer.”

Three goals in a four-minute stretch midway through the first half gave Morton (8-1-1) a 3-0 lead on a windy night at home.

Phan had the first two scores, with the second on a McCormick pass.

Then, at 24:10, Cassidy Waltz of Morton got involved in the offensive spree on an assist from Lisa Walter.

The same wind was a Moline ally in the second half as the visitors pulled within 3-2 with 23 minutes left.

But a Younker score at 76:39 from the right wing, assisted by Olivia Stoops, secured the victory.

Heisler was credited with seven saves in a matchup that featured nine shots on goal for both squads.