Morris drops home game against Kaneland

MORRIS – On an uncommonly cool April night that saw plenty of area sporting action cancelled in lieu of the weather, the Morris Lady Redskins soccer team was in action Tuesday night as they hosted the Kaneland Knights in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East conference matchup.
Unfortunately for Morris, the cold combined with several starters being sick took its toll as the Redskins were slow out of the gates.
“The cold was a little bit of an issue, but we also had a ton of girls who were sick and probably shouldn’t have even been playing today,” Morris head coach Kristen Porter said after the loss. “One of our girls has strep throat--three of them think they might. And of those four, three of them are starters.
“We’ve got Summer Shaw out on an injury from last week and Cara Cummings is in Spain, so we definitely had some holes to fill.”
After dominating possession for the first 15 minutes of the half, Kaneland got their first goal of the night when sophomore keeper Maren Bashor failed to handle a relatively soft shot on goal from Kaneland junior Courtney Diddell in the 16th minute. A few minutes later, Kaneland freshman Holly Collingbourne would find the net from point blank range after a corner kick rattle around off of several bodies in the Morris box.
However, Morris would eventually settle in after the rough start and finally began to push the action in the attacking zone during the final ten minutes of the first half.
“I was happy with the way we turned it on in the last 10 minutes of the first half,” Porter said. “The momentum changed and if we could have put some goals in the net it would have been a whole different game.”
On the night, Morris senior midfielder Ashlee Tapia was forced into a starting a role in the back half for the Redskins where she had a solid game.
“She was all over the place. She was sending it up top and she’s just super reliable,” Porter said of Tapia’s performance.
“I think I had a good game. I tried my best to figure out where they were gonna go with it offensively and I tried to stop the ball,” Tapia added. “They were really fast and big and they run a complex system, but I think everyone played to the best of their ability today.”
Despite Tapia and the rest of the Redskins’ efforts, Morris was unable to get onto the scoreboard and a late goal by senior captain Michelle Ortiz off a beautiful feed Kiandra Powell would cement a 3-0 victory for Kaneland. The win propelled the Knights to 5-1 on the year while Morris fell to 3-1-1.