“In the first half, we just weren’t tight,” Morris coach Rhoda Flint said. “I told them at halftime, Milford is just too good a team to give up the ball to.
“In the second half, we played tighter,” continued Flint, whose team was outshot, 10-4. “We had our runs. We didn’t have as many shots as I would like to have had, but we definitely had some runs at them.”
After Mertz’s goal, Morris scored three minutes later. Haley Wist scored on a shot from the right side of the box that hit the left post and caromed into the goal.
“It was definitely a momentum shift in Morris’ favor,” Saggese said. “They came to play and they kept pressuring us.”
For Morris (13-4-2), it was the third one-goal loss to Milford this season after a 1-0 loss in the Tri-Valley championship on Oct. 19 and 1-0 loss at home on Sept. 20.
“As a coach, you try to find a weak spot, but it is hard to do with them,” Flint said.
The Mustangs had two concussion scares in the game. They lost defender Jenn Colburn in the first half after she took a hard fall. Then, as the game ended, Alexis Forgit and a Milford player had a head-to-head collision. Forgit was taken off the field in an ambulance.
CV-S 2, SK 0
They may be the worst two words in soccer: own goal.
South Kortright was the victim 1 minute, 30 seconds into the second half as the Rams fell to Cherry Valley-Springfield, 2-0.
“That first goal was unfortunate,” SK coach Josh Burroughs said. “Coming off one of our own players and pretty quick into the half. I think that took the momentum away from us and gave it to them.”
Jordan Loucks played a cross from the right side toward Lauren Loucks, but the ball hit an SK defender and went into the goal.