DRAFFENVILLE – It was Toni Fehrenbacher’s right foot that put the winning goal in the net for Marshall County Thursday night, but Fehrenbacher was giving all the credit to teammate Brittany Kimbro for setting up the goal.
“It was Brittany, all the way,” Fehrenbacher said moments after Marshall County took a 2-1 victory over rival Graves County in a District 2 soccer match at Colburn Stadium.
The winning goal came with just under a minute left to play in the second overtime period.
The match had begun two nights earlier, but was halted with 19:09 remaining in the first half because of lightning.
Fehrenbacher, a senior forward, said players were pumped up for the resumption of play, but Graves took the early initiative. The first half ended in a scoreless tie.
Coach Michael Boone felt his team had played better in the opening minutes of the match on Tuesday.
“We had great opportunities in the first 10 minutes” Tuesday, he said. “Then, in the second 10 minutes, they were dictating play. And they started off tonight doing that.”
Fehrenbacher erased that momentum when she scored on a breakaway set up by Kayla Travis’ pass past the midfield line. Fehrenbacher beat the Graves defense and booted the ball into the right corner of the net to make it 1-0 at 25:06 in the second half.
The two teams battled for a dozen minutes before Lady Eagles senior midfielder-forward Destiny White worked her way free on the right side of the box for a goal that tied it at 1-1 with 11:25 left on the clock.
After regulation play ended, the two teams battled through nearly two five-minute periods with no result and a penalty-kick solution looming.
Then, Kimbro dribbled toward the right corner, nimbly working her way around a Graves double-team until she found an opening in the crowd in front of the goal.
“It was exactly what we wanted,” Fehrenbacher said. “You look for that hole and you keep your second glance on that goalie. I knew when it came off my foot” that it was good.
The win avenged a 2-1 defeat Graves pinned on the Lady Marshals Sept. 3 and created a virtual deadlock at the top of the Region 1 standings. Graves County is 11-2 overall, 6-1 in region play and 5-1 in the district. Marshall is 11-4, 6-1 and 5-1.
“This is a great rivalry,” Boone said. “It’s a little less contentious than the last couple of years, fortunately.”
THIS WEEK: The Lady Marshals and Marshals celebrate senior night with a double-header against Mayfield tonight at Colburn Stadium. The girls game kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
On Thursday, district opponent Murray visits at 7 p.m. and the Lady Marshals travel to Ohio County Saturday for a 2:30 match.