Morris senior captain Cathy Click got her first penalty kick goal of the season. Morris senior captain Dani Cummings got an assist on a late header goal by senior captain Jordan Cummings.
On a night designated as Senior Night for the Redskins girls soccer team, that would seem to have suited the bill just fine on Tuesday at home against Yorkville. However, the Foxes had other ideas in the Northern Illinois Big 12 contest as visiting Yorkville came to town and claimed a 3-2 win over the locals.
Yorkville scored the first, third and fourth goals of the game in the contest, each of which could have, or should have, been stopped. The first came on a goal from Brittany Straznickas who was one-on-one with Morris keeper Stephenie Wiekert from about 35 yards out. That one resulted in a multi-hopper that skipped past Wiekert on the very-wet field in the 17th minute.
"We didn't know what to expect coming in. The pitch was soaking wet and coming in we just wanted to do our best," Yorkville coach Mike Jacobs said. "Morris has a good team and I'm proud that we played them the way we did. We played well tonight."
The second Yorkville goal came from Nikki Hills on a rebound of ball the pinballed around the box and was not cleared. That came in the 47th minute. The final goal then came on a bomb from 30 yards out off the foot of Sarah Megazzini in the 71st minute.
"We had the opportunity to stop each one of their goals," Morris coach Jeff Hunt said. "We didn't do it. Whether it was the weather or whatever happened, they were able to finish them."
That early goal by Yorkville belies what appeared to be happening on the field at the time. In the first 18 minutes, Morris outshot the Foxes 8-2.
"The first 20 minutes was frustrating because we dominated possession," Hunt said. "But then Cathy put in the PK to tie it."
Click's PK came as a result of a Yorkville handball in the box. Click said she was chosen to hit the penalty shot for a reason.
"I'm pretty good at placing the ball into the net in the corners," she said. "I really decide where I am going to shoot on the spot. I'll then look one way, then turn my hips because that is what the goalies look for. Then I hit it the other way."
With Morris in dire straights after Yorkville scored to make it a 3-1 lead with a little over nine minutes to play, the Redskins did get a goal to make it 3-2 on a goal that the Cummings' sisters combined on.
"At that point we were down 3-1 and I pushed some people up," Hunt said. "Unfortunately we got that second goal too late."
It was the first header goal for Jordan Cummings in her high school career.
"I knew it was coming and I was hoping that the pass was going to be in front of me and not behind me," Jordan Cummings said. "It was from Danielle and it was a good ball. I had been trying to get a header all four years I have been in high school and to do it on senior night couldn't be better. Well, it would have been better if we had won the game."
Which was the prevailing sentiment going around.
"We feel we can definitely beat this team," Click said. "It's disappointing to lose any time, but even more so on senior night. That makes it even more upsetting."
For Hunt, he was more concerned about the confidence of Yorkville following the win. After all, the two teams are scheduled to meet in the first round of the Morris regional on May 15.
"They are the four seed and we are the one," he said. "It will definitely be a confident booster for them. We're going to have to work hard over the next two weeks to get this turned around."