CHICAGO — After winning its sixth regional championship in the last seven years, the Morris boys soccer team had a goal Wednesday of winning a game in the sectional for the first time in school history.
Standing in the way at the Class 2A Chicago Brooks Sectional was Bremen, a team that had defeated the Redskins, 7-1, last season in the sectional.
The deficit was only half of last year, but the end result was the same as the Braves handed the Redskins a 3-0 defeat and ended their season with a 10-9-3 record.
"Bremen was able to put pressure right off the whistle and score within the first minute of the game," Morris coach David Valdivia said. "They dominated the first half and scored off a corner kick and a direct kick.
In the second half, Morris went with only three defenders and pressed high. The Redskins got a few scoring opportunities, but could not finish.
"I feel that we played better the second half," Valdivia said. "We dominted the middle and did not give them lots of opportunities like the first half."
The loss ends a successful season for Morris, one in which they finished second at the Earlville tournament and were regional champions. Also, Conner Shaw was named All-Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference and All-Sectional, while Mac VanOudt was named All-NIB 12 and Connor McGlynn was honorable mention All-NIB 12.
"This group of seniors left everything on the field and played every minute with intensity," Valdivia said. "I am proud of this group, as they accomplished a lot since they were freshmen. Four of the seniors have been part of three regional championships, Streator cups, and Earlville cups as well. They will be truly missed."