DRAFFENVILLE – Marshall County ran into a pair of formidable opponents and suffered two losses in its own First Kentucky Bank Big Orange Classis Saturday.
But the week leading up to those two defeats was heady, indeed. The Marshals took a 3-1 win at home Tuesday over a solid Fort Campbell club and then traveled to Hopkinsville and upended the 24th-ranked Tigers 3-2 on Thursday.
Coach Andy Pagel appeared to be less than satisfied with the effort of his team in a 4-1 loss to Region 1 adversary Heath, which ended Marshall County’s season last year with a 2-1 win on penalty kicks in the region tournament.
The loss marked the end of a streak during which the Marshals won five matches and tied two. Later that day, the Marshals fell 3-0 to Sikeston, Mo.
Pagel said he gave the team some time off after the week of Sept. 9-15.
“I realized after four games in one week and four games the next, we needed a break, so I gave the players Sunday and Monday off although we played Fort Campbell Tuesday,” Pagel said. “I figured rest outweighed refining anything, so we had a shoot-around after school Tuesday before returning to the game.”
The Marshals try to get back on the winning track at home today against Mayfield at 7 p.m. A district match Thursday will give Marshall County a chance to avenge their only loss this year in district play, 2-1 at Calloway County Aug. 18.
The team will wrap up the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 2, at home against Henderson County. The District 2 tournament will be the following week at Graves County High School in Mayfield.
MC 3, Fort Campbell 1
After what Pagel called “a rusty-looking first half,” the Marshals put the match away at Colburn Stadium Tuesday.
Garrison Wagner had two goals and Hayden Evans got the other one, with Evans and Brock Herndon each getting credit for an assist.
MC 3, Hopkinsville 2
At Hopkinsville Middle School on Thursday, David Penney put the Marshals ahead when a direct kick by Brock Herndon rolled his way on the left side and he neatly booted it across the box into the right side of the goal at the 24-minute mark.
Less than two minutes later, Garrison Wagner made it 3-1.
The Marshals held off a furious rally by the Tigers, who had won their first 12 matches coming into last week, only to lose back-to-back contests to Bowling Green and Marshall County.
Blaine Skeen put the Marshals on top after a scoreless first half, but Hopkinsville’s Sam Stevens scored after a direct kick by Austin Bucko to tie it at the 20-minute mark.
Grey Campbell put an arching kick into the net to trim the margin to 3-2 near the end of the match.
Heath 4, MC 1
Both teams scored early in the match, with Heath taking a 1-0 lead only to see Marshall tie it on a goal by Nathan Solomon.
Edgar Yanez, who scored all four goals for the Pirates, broke the tie midway in the first period and then added two goals in the second half to secure the win.
The Pirates later played to a 1-1 draw against Owensboro, a team that the Marshals tied 2-2 on Sept. 15 in the Robert A. Meythaler Classic in Owensboro.
Sikeston 3, MC 0
The Bulldogs from Missouri dropped their first match in the Big Orange Classic to Owensboro by a 3-1 score, but took a victory in the tournament finale over the host Marshals.
No details of the match were available.