Marshall County’s Marshals and Lady Marshals ended the high school soccer regular season on opposite notes last week. But both teams are the No. 1 seeds as they open play in the District 2 tournament at home at Colburn Stadium tonight.
Coach Michael Boone’s girls team finished a Region 1-best 16-5 regular season with wins Oct. 8 over Greenwood at home and at McCracken County on Thursday.
They won a coin toss with Graves County to determine the top seed in the district tourney and take on the winner of Monday’s contest between No. 4 and 5 seeds Calloway County and Mayfield.
Graves County will meet No. 3 seed Murray on Wednesday, with the championship game Thursday. All girls matches are at 5:30 p.m.
Marshall and Graves each had 7-1 district records, and the tie-breaker – total goals allowed in the teams’ two head-to-head games – was equal, as each won by a 2-1 score on its home field. That necessitated the coin flip.
The boys teams from the two schools also finished in a tie at 7-1 in district games and each defeated the other. Marshall got the No.1 seed by virtue of having defeated Graves 4-1, while Graves won its victory over the Marshals by a 3-2 score.
In district tourney action tonight, the Marshals will take on the winner of Monday’s play-in match between No. 4 Mayfield and No. 5 Murray.
Graves County will play No. 3 seed Calloway County Wednesday, with the championship match Thursday. All boys matches are at 7:30 p.m.
Lady Marshals win 2
The Lady Marshals won their final regular season game at home with a 3-1 win over Greenwood Oct. 8 in what Boone called “one of our more complete games of the year” for his team, which posted the fourth win in a season-finishing five-match win streak.
“Offensively we were in sync and produced quality scoring opportunities,” Boone said. “We possessed and moved the ball better than we have in the last couple of games and defensively we were sound. [Goalkeeper Allier Fiske] kept us ahead late in the first half with a couple of excellent saves. I was very proud of the girls’ effort and play. This is an excellent win in the last week of the regular season.”
Marshall County closed out the season with a decisive 6-0 victory over McCracken County at the Lady Mustangs’ new Lourdes Stadium Thursday.
Claire Waggoner staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead in the first half, and the Lady Marshals exploded for five second-half goals to pull away.
Toni Fehrenbacher scored twice and Kaitlyn Cook, Kayla Travis and Cami Jones also put the ball in the back of the net. Sophomore Rachel McWilliams had assists on the goals by Waggoner and Travis to run her season total to 19.
“Coming off a hard-fought win Tuesday night against Greenwood, I was proud of our girls play and ability to keep the momentum moving in a positive direction going into the district tournament,” Boone said.
“Defensively we were sound and gave up only one shot the entire game. Offensively we moved the ball fairly well and had some good looks against a packed-in defense.”
Jones (24 goals), Fehrenbacher (22) and Travis (19) pose an offensive triple threat for the Lady Marshals as they begin the quest for a return to the region tourney.
Marshals fall, 2-0
To close out the regular season, coach Andy Pagel’s Marshals, defending champions of District 2 and Region 1, dropped a 2-0 decision to Henderson County Oct. 8 at Henderson. The opponent and score were the same as last year’s state tournament first-round game, which brought an end to the Marshals’ season last Oct. 23 at Colburn Stadium.
Warner Mattingly and Juan Zamarripa had goals to lead the Colonels. Nicholas Gregory had an assist.