MORTON – Morris’ dreams of a state berth for the Redskins soccer team slipped away Tuesday at the Morton Class 2A Sectional. Playing defending state champion Peoria Notre Dame, the Redskins fell by a 3-1 score.
Morris’ lone goal came on a penalty kick with about 28 minutes left in the match. At that point, the locals had trailed 2-0 since the Irish scored in the 22nd minute on a 40-yard bomb by Tommy Frampton with Morris keeper Brian Vasquez out of the net. Aiden Hill then scored with 7:20 left before halftime.
Senior Chava Villanueva made the penalty kick in the 52nd minute, but, oddly enough, it took two tries for it to hit the back of the net.
“[The officials] said that one of our players jumped into the box and that’s why I had to re-kick it,” Villanueva said.
The momentum was short lived, however, as the Irish got the two-goal lead back within a minute of the PK.
“My goal got us back into the game, but they got it right back,” Villanueva said. “That took away our momentum.”
Hill got the last goal of the game for the Irish.
“It’s frustrating,” Morris coach David Valdivia said after the game. “We panicked and when we panic, we don’t play like we are capable of. Those first-half goals took the air out of us. Still, we had hope in the second half with the goal, but Peoria Notre Dame had the answer. They did a great job they are a good team.”
No matter the way it ended, the 2013 Morris soccer season will long be remembered.
“We’re proud of what we did, but we didn’t get that last goal, which was to go farther than we ever have before,” Villanueva said. “It’s sad to end the season like that.”
“I was very happy with the season,” Valdivia said. “I couldn’t be any prouder of them. This is a special group.”