To this point in the fall soccer season, things have been going quite well for the Morris Redskins.
Since starting off the year at the Earlville Tournament, the locals have gone 4-0 and in the process have not trailed for one minute.
Opening up the first round of the Streator Tournament at home against Ottawa on Tuesday, Morris once again came out strong in securing an early lead and a 6-0 win.
Morris scored first in the 17th minute when Kyle Monk scored off an assist from Matt Thayer.
Thayer also assisted the second goal of the contest. That one came in the 19th minute when William Del Toro scored.
“We’ve been practicing those placed kicks and corner kicks,” Thayer said. “I felt confident going in because we already discussed who we were pinpointing. And they headed it in.”
Morris coach David Valdivia said the goals off the set plays was nice to see.
“We always want to score off of those plays,” he said. “Those are crucial. They are very important.”
Chava Villanueva scored the third goal of the game when he put in his own rebound off of Ottawa keeper Nick Fascetta. That coming in the 29th minute.
“I hit it, he gave up the rebound and I finished it,” Villanueva said.
The scoring continued into the second half for the Redskins. In the 54th minute, Del Toro scored again. That one coming off an assist by Nestor Rodriguez.
Villanueva scored his second goal of the game almost 11 minutes later to make it 5-0.
“I received the ball and I was actually getting fouled at the moment,” Villanueva said. “When the guy tried getting it from me we actually both kicked it and it went right on into the corner.”
Rodriguez then capped all of the scoring with 8:12 left in the game to account for the final.
“We’ve been working hard, but we still have to polish some things up,” Villanueva said. “Fix up our passes a little bit. We’re looking good, we just have to keep working and trying to get better.”
Valdivia said his team did a better job after adjusting at halftime.
“The team didn’t play very good in the first half,” Valdivia said. “In the second half we were passing more, dominating and keeping it simple. I want to see them keep it simple and they did in the second half. Moving and switching and keeping pressure. If we keep the ball the other team can’t score.”
Morris plays at Streator on Thursday.