MIDDLETOWN — Logan Morris had seen her Penncrest team struggle to score goals this fall. And she had seen how much effort they’d put into trying to generate offense via set pieces.
So when she lined up a corner kick in the 36th minute Thursday of a Central League match with Haverford, and felt she really got hold of the delivery, she had a good feeling.
“There’s some that you can tell are off, and as soon as I hit that one, it felt like it should,” the senior said. “It felt good.”
It felt even better when her opposite outside back, Kenna Kaut, got on the end of it, getting her body on the ball to push it across the goal line, the only goal of a 1-0 win over the Fords.
“The ball just went right across the goal, and I was going off of (Penncrest forward) Amber Wolfe’s shoulder, so I could separate myself from my defender,” Kaut said. “It came right to me, and I just chested it in.”
Kaut’s goal helped upend a lot of early-season futility on the offensive end for the Lions. They had allowed just three goals in their first six matches, but they scored only twice, hence redoubling efforts on set pieces to find easy offense and fill the void left by last year’s Daily Times Player of the Year, Corryn Gamber. The attacking corps has trended younger this season, and injuries to three starters haven’t helped.
But Thursday, Morris forced the issue. She fizzled her corner kick hard and low into the box, forcing a decision from the Fords’ defense. Kaut was the quickest to react.
“We’ve been working a lot on them in practice, so it’s good to see one go in,” Morris said. “I usually try to seek Kenna out. She’s really good in the air. She’s a great attacker. I usually just look for her at the back of the box.”
“It was like a line drive, and it was kind of right past the six-yard line, so it was hard for me to get out, especially with all the numbers in the center,” Haverford goalie Alison Durfee said. “So I was kind of depending on my midfielders and defense to be able to cover, but it was mainly just the girl got to it first and it was just out of my reach, so I wasn’t able to get to it.”
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