Morris junior forward Emily Burling got a rebound goal off a shot by sophomore teammate Amanda Grant in the 21st minute and Grant then proceeded to add a hat trick to the day for the Redskins in a 4-0 nonconference win over Princeton on Monday.
“It was a good win. We still have some touchups we need to make, but it was good,” Grant said. “Our connections still need to be better, but since the start of the season, we’ve been doing pretty good.”
Morris is now 2-0-1 on the season, while Princteon falls to 0-4.
Princeton coach Ed Young said that his team left their game on the bus for all intents and purposes.
“I was disappointed in the showing. I expected more from my girls,” Young said. “We didn’t get a proper warmup in, and I think there were a little groggy from that. We never really work up. It was a mind and body soccer failure.”
The Tigers dictated the pace early against Morris, but the Redskins quickly turned the tides. In the fifth minute, the Redskins got their first shot of the game and held the ball in the offensive zone for most of the next 15 minutes before Burling’s rebound goal. Then, in the 34th minute, Grant scored on a penalty kick against Princeton keeper Kelly Schmidt. This occurred after Brooklyn Enger was tripped in the box.
Grant then, highlighted the match with two breakaway goals in the second half – one in the 46th minute and the other in the 50th minute.
“It was a good game. Not only because we scored four goals, but we got to get a lot of the girls in. A lot of the girls that don’t start got a lot of playing time,” Morris coach Kristen Porter said. “Everyone did good. We had so many shots on goal and so many opportunities.”
The Redskins had 22 shots on goal against Schmidt while Princeton managed just three.
Porter said that there was a reason for the bump in the Morris attack on Monday.
“One of the big things that this team is starting to get good at is their corner kicks,” she said. “That’s a big deal that we are starting to do that in games now.”
Not only that, but Grant said the team did well with crossing passes on the field in general.
“I think our crossing and corner kicks have been so much better, especially in this game,” Grant said. “Our crosses were really crisp, and we made a lot of runs up top to get to.”
On the defensive side, Porter praised junior Katherine Gallick and sophomore Summer Shaw.
“They were working real hard in the middle back for us today,” Porter said. “They did a great job. They were very reliable.”
Morris will now open Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference action on Thursday at Rochelle before going to Coal City on Monday. On Tuesday the Redskins return home to face Kaneland.
“I think we’re on a good path,” Grant said. “We want to repeat in regionals and go farther than last year, so there are high hopes from everyone. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”