The 2019 First Region boys soccer champions did not disappoint as they opened their 2020 season with four straight wins under new head coach BB Blevins. Due to the 2020 abbreviated season, Marshall County battled over a third of their scheduled opponents in the first week, allowing only two goals to their combined 25.
The season opened in Paducah against Tilghman last Monday. Collin Riley was first on the board with a goal just minutes into the game. William Lynch earned the next two midway through the first half. Minutes passed and the Marshals were in the net again with a goal from Eric Hicks on a penalty kick. John Wood’s and Kian Court’s goals rounded out the first half of play, 6-0.
Another goal for Riley and one each by Tyler Treas, Nick Mighell, and Jericho Evans coupled with a shutout by Ben Burkeen gave the Marshals a 10-0 win to kick off the season.
Burkeen racked up another shutout in the Marshall matchup with Second District rival Murray for their first meeting since the district championship game.
It was 25:35 before the first ball passed the keeper, thanks to Collin Shadowen. Riley added the second and Lynch scored the third with only minutes left in the game. With less than two minutes to play, Burkeen snagged a save to blank the Tigers, 3-0.
Thursday, the Marshals headed to Hopkinsville claiming another shutout win for the Marshals. Lynch took his second brace of the week with Treas taking his first. Rush Robinson and Kiefer Court each added one for the third win of the week, 6-0.
Marshall hosted the John Hardin Bulldogs Saturday. They gave up two goals, but the Marshals claimed their fourth win. Two more goals for Lynch evened the score with Mighell, Hicks, Kian Court and Pratik Patel each helping tip the scale for a 6-2 win.
Tonight (Tuesday), the Marshals will head to Paducah to play a Lady Marshal-Marshal doubleheader with St. Mary. Thursday, both teams will head to Graves County.
Next Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Marshals will continue on the road with a Mayfield matchup before returning home Thursday, Sept. 24, to host Calloway County. Saturday, Sept. 26, the Marshals will face Evansville Memorial.