DRAFFENVILLE – After four straight one-goal losses, Marshall County got back on the winning track with a 4-3 win over Madisonville-North Hopkins Thursday night at Colburn Stadium.
“This time we were on the right end of a one-point game,” coach Andy Pagel said.
Nathan Solomon got the match’s first and last goals, and added an assist in what Pagel described as “a classic Madisonville game.”
The two teams always play each other with an attitude that is revealed in physical contact, Pagel said.
“We go at each other hard,” he said. “But there is respect.”
The Marshals got two goals in the opening two minutes of the contest. Solomon directed a pass from Dax Parker into the net at the 39:08 mark and about 30 seconds later, he sent a pass across the box to David Penney, who booted it neatly into the goal for a 2-0 Marshals lead.
The early lead did nothing to reassure Pagel.
“I was alternating hot flashes and cold flashes,” the third-year coach and former Marshal player said. “I wanted to be excited, but I knew it wasn’t over.”
Sure enough, Madison-ville fought back. Drew Scott cut the lead in half when he scored on a penalty kick at the 9:30 mark of the first period and Chase Crowell knotted the score with a goal at the 4:48 mark, sending the teams to intermission deadlocked.
Matthew Hunt put Marshall County back on top after a long period of back-and-forth play before the Maroons’ Luke Willyand kicked the tying goal at the 6:38 mark.
Two minutes later, with just over 4-1/2 minutes left in the match, Solomon scored again, with a shot from the left side off an assist from Penney, and the Marshals defense and goalkeeper Levi Darnall made the lead hold up.
“I think we got after them tonight,” Pagel said. “I was tickled to death with that part of it.”
He praised his team for their hard work and resilience.
“They bounced back every single time,” he said. “We just had a little bit more tonight.”
THIS WEEK: The Marshals travel to Fort Campbell Thursday and then play in the Panther Classic at Daviess County on Saturday, taking on Owensboro and the host Panthers in a pair of matches.