ELMHURST — Most elite soccer players travel on the club circuit in an effort to gain exposure to college programs.
That’s what K.C. Morris did for her sophomore and junior years of high school. Now that she’s signed to play for Missouri, Morris is back in action for IC Catholic.
She has remained in her holding midfielder role, but she has had to adjust to going from one of the best club teams in the country, Eclipse Soccer Club, to playing Class 1A high school soccer with IC.
“We had to make some adjustments with her initially because she can play the small one-twos all day, but as I told her here she has to be more selective,” said IC coach Tod Privett. “She’s adjusted her game probably as much as she can for this level. She’s a wonderful soccer player, but there’s only so much you can do. She’s one of 11.”
As a holding midfielder, Morris plays just in front of the defense, and the Knights get her the ball as much as possible to start an attack. It’s the kind of position that requires a selfless attitude.
Playing in that role keeps her from scoring loads of goals, but Morris is still second on the team with seven goals.
“Some people at school are like ‘Why don’t you score seven goals a game?’” Morris said. “That’s not my job. I’m good at getting the ball down, distributing and letting people do their thing.”
Another job Morris, who played for IC her freshman year, has is being a leader and pushing the younger girls. Senior leading scorer Angela Torrito plans to play for College of DuPage next year, but some of the other girls on the Knights (4-4) just started playing their freshman year.
Morris’ background in soccer is more extensive than that. She started playing for Team Elmhurst in second grade, along with current York standouts Ellie Ordonez and Bryce Banuelos, and moved on to Sockers F.C. before landing at Eclipse. While playing for Eclipse, she has traveled to Dallas, Georgia and Florida for tournaments.
Privett, in his first year coaching at IC, is friends with the Morris family so that further motivated her to play for IC, but the question still is why play high school?
“It was kind of a different change,” Morris said. “I didn’t remember (what is was like) playing high school. It was like ‘this is different,’ but it’s fun. I love it.”