Marshall County’s Lady Marshals soccer team won four straight matches to open the new season last week.
A pair of runaway wins came against local competition early in the week, and two more came against teams from out of this region – both of which had not lost a match until they encountered Marshall County – in the Daviess County Classic in Owensboro on Saturday.
Owensboro, after a 3-0 start to the season, fell Saturday morning by a 3-1 score and later in the day the Lady Marshals beat Rowan County, which came into the tourney with a 2-0 mark.
Earlier in the week, Marshall County took a 10-0 win at Paducah Tilghman on Aug. 19 and whipped District 2 rival Calloway County at home at Colburn Stadium by a 9-2 score on Thursday.
MC 10, Tilghman 0 – Seven players scored to lead the Lady Marshals to a season-opening win, with Cami Jones, Kayla Travis and Toni Fehrenbacher netting two apiece.
Kaitlin Cook, Jones, Rachel McWilliams, Travis, MacKenzie Harper and Fehrenbacher each had single goals in the first half as Marshall County blew out to a 6-0 edge.
Then, after Jones, Travis and Fehrenbacher got their second tallies, Brittany Kimbro put the 10th point on the scoreboard in the second period.
Jones also had two assists.
MC 9, Calloway 2 – Toni Fehrenbacher and Kayla Travis each had three goals and added two more as the Lady Marshals rolled at home.
Fehrenbacher got the first two tallies of the game and three of the first four as Marshall County took a 4-0 lead at halftime.
They ran the lead to 6-0 before Calloway put two balls in the net to make it 6-2.
Cami Jones and Travis had two second-half goals and Sydney Goff added a fifth score for MCHS in the second period.
THIS WEEK: The Lady Marshals were to open this week on Monday in a girls-boys varsity double-header at Mayfield. They will take on Owensboro Catholic Saturday at 7 p.m. at Colburn Stadium.
MC 3, Owensboro 1 – All the scoring came in the opening half Saturday morning.
Toni Fehrenbacher put the Lady Marshals in front 1-0 at the 11:16 mark and after Owensboro tied it at 23:59, Cami Jones restored the lead with a goal at 35:00. Kayla Travis had the assist on both scores.
Travis then added a point on an unassisted goal just before 52 minutes ticked off the game clock.
The Lady Marshal defense limited Owensboro to three shots on goal, compared to 22 for Marshall County.
MC 6, Rowan Co. 4 – The Lady Vikings from Region 16 outscored Marshall County’s first three opponents, but the Lady Marshals had the firepower to more than match their opponents.
Melissa Ross scored two goals and Cami Jones and Toni Fehrenbacher added tallies to push the Lady Marshals to a 4-0 lead before Rowan County scored at the 38:27 mark for a 4-1 halftime score.
Rowan cut it to 4-3 with two goals before Marshall County responded, with a fifth goal credited to the team and then a goal by Rachel McWilliams to make it 6-3.
Rowan County got the last score of the game at 39:01 in the second period.
Kayla Travis had two assists for the Lady Marshals.
THIS WEEK: A light schedule was on tap for this week, with a trip to Mayfield on Monday and a home game against Owenboro Catholic on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Marshals dispatch Tilghman, Calloway in home matches
Marshall County opened defense of its Region 1 boys soccer championship title with two victories at home at Colburn Stadium last week.
MC 3, Tilghman 1 – The Marshals opened the season with a 3-1 victory over Paducah Tilghman Aug. 19. Nathan Solomon had two goals, scoring on a penalty kick and later on an assist from David Penney. Both scores came in the second half, pushing the lead to 3-0.
Blaine Skeen headed a pass from Robert Blankenship into the net for the first score of the match.
“Tilghman pressed hard, testing us the entire game,” Marshals coach Andy Pagel said.
But the Tornado failed to score until 13 minutes left, when Trae Hampton got an unassisted goal.
“Our starting keeper [Levi Darnall] was benched for a violation of team and school rules in the offseason so Garrison Wagner played” in goal, Pagel said. “We sorely missed his presence on the field, but he was the undisputed man of the match as goalkeeper.”
MC 5, Calloway 1 – On Thursday, the Marshals ran their record to 2-0 with a 5-1 win over district rival Calloway County. The win came after a breakaway by the Marshals from a 2-1 halftime lead.
Garrison Wagner and David Penney had two goals apiece and Nathan Solomon added another score as the Marshals pulled away from a 2-1 halftime lead.
“We started strong, and then we had a lull,” Pagel said. I don’t usually do this, but I gave them a chewing out at halftime. But that’s sometimes what you need.”
THIS WEEK: The Marshals have a busy week with five matches on tap, including three contests in the Purples Classic at Bowling Green at the end of the week. Opponents will be South Warren on Friday and Lexington Lafayette and Mercer County on Saturday.
The schedule was to begin with a visit to Mayfield on Monday and continues with a trip back to Mayfield to play Graves County today. The District 2 rival Eagles bring a 3-1 record into the 7 p.m. match.