Morris girls roll past Plano

Will host Streator on Friday in Round 2 of sectional

MORRIS – Morris girls soccer coach Steve Rain said after a win last week against Ottawa that his team sometimes needs something to get itself motivated at the start of games.

“Sometimes we need to get punched in the mouth,” Rain said after the Ottawa game.

On Tuesday, in the first round of the Class 2A Lemont Sectional, Morris did the punching from start to finish as the Redskins claimed an 8-0 win. With the victory, Morris moves to Friday’s second round, where they will host Streator, a 2-1 winner over Providence Catholic on Tuesday.

Morris (10-4) peppered Plano goalie Ryen Foote with shots virtually all game long. Payton Lewis was the first of eight Redskins to score, as she found the back of the net with 32:33 to play in the first half. Foote turned back some Morris shots before the Redskins’ Emma Aldrich scored off a rebound on a corner kick at the 27:15 mark and teammate Ella McDonnell scored on a breakaway at the 26:20 mark.

Payton Kjellesvik made it 4-0 with a goal off an assist from Karrina Riley with 20:05 to play in the first half. Adriana Plascencia followed with a goal on a rebound off a shot attempt by Emilia Marino with 9:31 to play, and Fran Cummings capped the first-half scoring with 4:06 to play by scoring off an assist from Lewis.

Lauren Shear scored with 25:04 left in the game to make it 7-0 off an assist from Plascencia, and Mackenzie Welch finished it off with a goal she lofted over the keeper’s head with 6:25 to play.

“Mackenzie is a beast for us,” Rain said. “She is all over on defense and she does all of our corner kicks. I put her in the front at the end, figuring she would probably get a shot, which she did, and she put it in.

“Mackenzie, Payton Kjellesvik, Karrina Riley and Lauren Shear do a great job in the middle of keeping the ball in our territory. Not many people get past them.”

Welch, normally a defender, was happy to score.

“It was pretty cool to get a goal,” she said. “The team came out really ready to play today.”

Plano finishes the season at 1-12.

“We hit a buzzsaw today,” Plano coach Ben Sperry said. “Our girls never quit, and I have seen a lot of growth from them this year. We only have three seniors, and only two of them are four-year players. Most of our girls, this was their first year playing varsity soccer. To see the growth they have made, I am proud of them.”

Rain was pleased he was able to use his entire roster.

“Everyone on the roster got to play a significant amount of minutes and they all contributed,” he said. “We got Katherine Halcomb out of goal and she played the second half on offense. Mariah Diaz did a good job in goal the second half.

“I am really happy with the way we played. I made some changes with the lineup and the girls did well.”

Rob Oesterle

Rob has been a sports writer for the Morris Herald-News and Joliet Herald-News for more than 20 years. He is currently also writing news for the Morris Herald-News.