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Morris soccer breaks through against Yorkville

Senior Night turned out to be pretty all right for the Morris soccer team this year. Even though there are only two seniors on the squad — Stephenie Wiekert and Sandra Segura — it was a much relished 2-1 victory over the Yorkville Foxes on Tuesday evening.

“It means a lot. We lost to Yorkville last season and it’s been a while since we’ve won on Senior Night,” Wiekert said. “It’s been years. It’s also been a while since we’ve beaten Yorkville.”

Wiekert was in net for the Redskins and she recorded 24 saves in the contest. The lone goal by Yorkville came after a handball was called in the box and Foxes senior forward Brittany Straznickas knocked in a penalty kick.

“Stephenie is one of our captains and a senior leader. She’s pretty much the leader of the program,” Morris coach Kristen Porter said. “She’s respected by the girls and does an excellent job for us.”

Wiekert said that it was an entire team night that made it work.

“I thought we did great overall. We had worked a lot of our first-touches coming in and we moved the ball up from well,” she said. “The defense was also phenomenal.”

Morris scored the first goal of the game in the 28th minute. It came when Mikaela Moreno scored off a rebound of an Amanda Grant shot.

“One of the girls on the team had a shot and then in bounced off one of the girls on the other team. It came right to me. It was right there and I shot it,” Moreno said. “I was to the right and it went in left and towards the corner.”

The Redskins had taken a 2-0 lead a little less than four minutes later when Emily Burling with a beautiful lefty redirect off a nice crossing pass from Brookyln Enger. It was the first varsity game for Enger after being pulled up to the varsity on Tuesday.

“I came up from the left and hit Emily on the cross,” Enger said.

“I saw her going in on goal and crossed it to her. It was perfect. It was right on target. It was beautiful.”

Porter said that she liked what she saw on each goals.

“Both goals were set up well,” she said. “Enger was just brought up and she did exactly what we wanted her to do. She made a nice cross there and Burling scored.”

Yorkville did get its lone goal of the match almost exactly two minutes later, but it came on the PK and not in field play. Something that Porter said was very nice.

“We wanted to contain their top three players and we did a great job of that,” Porter said. “We ran a triangle defense to contain them and we did. They (Foxes) weren’t able to set up anything on offense today.”

Yorkville is now 5-8-2 overall and 0-5-1 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East. Despite the loss, Yorkville coach  Andrew Johnson said he was fine with the effort.

“I liked it. I liked the way the girls played,” he said. “I’m actually O.K. with this tonight.”

Morris is now 5-4-2 on the season and 3-4 in league play.

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