MORRIS – Of the four goals, Morris scored during its senior-night victory over Yorkville on Tuesday, Kirsten Galloway’s was the winning tally and the only one by a senior.
Galloway now has three goals and two assists on the season for the Redskins, who are the top seed at their own Class 2A girls soccer regional. The No. 2 seed at that regional is Yorkville, a team the Redskins have split matches this season.
Galloway, who has also played volleyball at Morris, shared her thoughts with the Morris Daily Herald after Tuesday’s win.
Johnson: You had one of the highlights of senior night tonight. What happened from your perspective on that goal?
Galloway: I got a pass from somebody, I’m not sure who, and I dribbled through two girls and then ran into one girl, but I got the ball back from here, and I saw the goalie, and then I shot it to the other side from her.
Johnson: Your coach said before the game you guys needed to make a statement tonight. Did you make that statement?
Galloway: I think we did. Well, we lost, 1-0, last time when we had a lot of sick girls, and it wasn’t on our home field. When they played here, we needed to make sure that they knew that we could beat them. [With a score of] 4-1, I think that made a pretty good statement from our team.
Johnson: I heard about the sickness you guys had. What effect did that have, and how much did it throw you guys off your game?
Galloway: Well, over half of our starters were either hurt or sick, so not only did we have to sub in like other players that didn’t normally start, but we had to play with a sickness, like everybody played with a sickness, and it just kinda made our speed lower. It made us not play like we normally do, but we’re over it now so it’s better.
Johnson: Was Tuesday a sign that you’re back to yourselves?
Galloway: Yeah. I would say so. I think that finally we’re over everything that, all of our hardships, whatever, and we’re finally getting back on the path that we should be on.
Johnson: Your next home match will be the regional. It’s going to be a little bit of a layoff between now and then, so how do you guys stay sharp?
Galloway: We practice hard, I guess. We stay as a team. We don’t fight, obviously. We need to make sure we don’t get hurt or sick, because that’s a big problem for us. We just stay together, pretty much.
Johnson: Is the way the regional played out last year a good thing for you guys in the sense that you know you can do it, or a bad thing in the sense that the pressure’s on?
Galloway: I think it’s a good thing. It gives us more confidence in ourselves and lets us know that we can do it, so we will do it.
Johnson: You were also a part of the volleyball program here, I know. What stands out most from your years in that?
Galloway: I don’t know. Just being a team, I guess. I really like all of the people on both teams that I’ve been in, and I like being close. On both teams, we’ve been very close, and I think that stands out to me the most – having a family instead of friends.