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Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:41 p.m. CDT
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Morris lost to Kaneland in soccer by a 2-0 score on Tuesday.

Brittany Olson scored two goals for Kaneland and the Knights defense limited the Redskins to just five shots on Tuesday night. Jordan Ginther made all five saves in goal for the shutout as Kaneland beat Morris by a 2-0 score in Northern Illinois Big 12 play.

Olson scored in the 33rd minute, that with an assist from Kiandra Powell and then she scored again in the 56th minute to add icing on the cake for a "much needed win" for the Knights.

"It was ugly, but it was also only our fourth game," Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. "For some reason, we don't play very well here. We didn't play well, but we got the win and the shutout so we're happy. We needed the win badly. We'll take it."

It was the first win of the season for Kaneland. The Knights are now 1-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the NIB12.

Overall, Morris was limited to just five shots but on the other end, Kaneland had 18 shots on goal against Redskins keeper Stephenie Wickert, 16 of which she made saves on.

"We've got to get more confident with our shots," Parillo said. "Once that happens, we'll be fine. I didn't really feel that we were threatened here today. I think we got almost all the possession time. Probably 80 percent of the time, I'd say."

Which meant very limited opportunities for the Morris offense.

"We're not generating any offense right now. We're not creating anything off the top," Morris coach Kristen Porter said. "The unfortunate thing is that we just played last night (1-1 tie with Coal City) and I think the team was a little tired. And we don't have a lot of people to rotate in right now, either."

Morris defender Emily Ashworth said that Tuesday's win by Kaneland can be chalked up to two things.

"I think we played good," she said. "Kaneland is just a fast and aggressive team. We did better against them this year than we did last year."

Porter said that the physical aspect of the game did play a factor.

"It was a physical game. Kirsten Galloway said that someone bit her in the head out there," she said. "They are probably one of the most physical team's we'll face.

"And Stephenie was working hard back there (in goal). She's always working hard. I thought Emily Burling also did a good job for us up front tonight."

Morris is now 2-2-2 on the season overall and 1-1 in league play. The Redskins are at Yorkville on Thursday for another 4:30 p.m. start.

"Kaneland and DeKalb are the two best teams we are going to play this year," Porter said. "I thought we hung in there with Kaneland today for most of the game.

"Tomorrow (Wednesday) I guess we'll rest up and talk about generating offense. That and winning balls out of the air."

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