When the bus from Rochelle High School pulled up at Morris Community High School, the skies were overcast and rain was at a drizzle. That soon became steady sprinkling and 10 minutes in the Hubs and Redskins were playing in a steady rain. With winds out out the north, it was a steady sideways rain.
It was a Northern Illinois Big 12 East game for the two teams and, despite the conditions, the whole 80 minutes got played. When all was said and done, Morris had emerged with a 2-0 victory.
"I'm just happy we got a win," Morris coach Kristen Porter said. "I thought we could have done a lot better. I'd have liked to have seen the girls score more goals today but I don't fault them for it."
Morris had beaten Rochelle 7-0 earlier in the season, but the rain was the great equalizer on Tuesday.
"Our game with Wilmington was like this, but it was not as cold, today was probably 20-degrees colder and windier than that day," Porter said.
Tuesday's game was approximately 55 degrees at kickoff, but it then plumeted to 46 degrees at the end.
Despite the conditions and the final score, Morris did dominate possesion on the day. In fact, Morris keeper Stephenie Wiekert made just six saves in the 80 minutes of play in recording the shutout.
"We controlled the ball about 98 percent of the time, but we couldn't get any good shots," Porter said. "The girls would go to pass the ball and slip. We couldn't set up any plays or even move the ball smoothly."
Which meant that the standard Morris attack had to be changed.
"We had out two outside midfielders push the ball up the sides and then take shots," Porter said. "Then we wanted everyone else to crash the goal. That's what ended up happening."
Morris got one goal in each half to secure the win. Ciara Duff scored in the 28th minute off an assist from Amanda Grant and then Grant scored in the 46th minute off an assist from Katherine Gallick.
"Tiara scored on a pass from Amanda right up the middle," Porter said. "She scored from maybe 15 yards out. Amanda then scored when Katherine drove the ball up the field and then slowed up and Grant was in the right place at the right time."
Morris ended the game with 14 shots on goal, including Grant, Kirsten Galloway, Gallick, Ashley Tapia, Duff, Emma Dingbaum and Alexa Rain in the first half. Grant added four more in the second half while Emily Burling, Tapia, Rain and Gallick had shots on goal in the second half.
"Yeah, we beat them 7-0 the last time we played, but the weather happened today," Porter said. "It's not what we wanted to see, but at least we got a win out of it."
Morris is now 4-4-2 on the season overall and 2-2 in the NIB12E. The Redskins play at Kaneland on Thursday.