DRAFFENVILLE – A season that began with recollections of the shocking defeat by Murray, snapping a streak of 15 consecutive region championships for the Lady Marshals soccer team, nears its conclusion as district tournament play gets rolling this week.
Marshall County takes on Graves County in a first-round match Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Calloway County’s Jim Nix Soccer Complex.
The brackets create a Marshall County double-header, with the boys playing at 7 p.m.
The Lady Marshals have a record that would be lackluster for many teams, but is pretty dismal for Marshall County: seven wins, seven losses, six ties.
Last year’s team was 18-4-2 before falling 2-1 in the region championship match to Murray.
“It is really tough to go through – a whole lot more losses and a whole lot more ties than wins,” admitted senior forward-midfielder Tory Fehrenbacher. “I expected us to do about the same as we did last year.”
The same as the Lady Marshals had gotten into a habit of doing every year.
Fehrenbacher says this year’s team has lacked an intensity of play during much of the season.
But coach Michael Boone has seen improvement in the waning games of the regular season and is optimistic. The Lady Marshals finished regular season play on a two-game winning streak.
“The last four or five games, we’ve been doing some things better, making better decisions,” he said.
It doesn’t get any easier as the district tournament begins. The Lady Marshals split two games against Graves County in the regular season.
The Lady Eagles are 12-8-1 overall, but are 3-5 in District 2 play. The Lady Marshals have a 5-3 district slate.
Boone considers the two teams among the top three in the district, along with Murray (16-2-2, 8-0 in the district).
The winner of Wednesday’s encounter will advance to the championship game and will have a bid to the regional tourney.
“One of us is not going to make the region,” Boone said.
n The Lady Marshals wrapped up regular season play with a 2-0 win over visiting Lone Oak at Colburn Stadium Oct. 4. Tory Fehrenbacher and Mariah McKenty had goals for Marshall County.