Page eliminates Tigerettes
The Marshall County Tigerettes gave it all they had, putting forth a gallant effort before falling 6-0 to top seeded Page (17-1,7-0) in the semifinals of the District 11A/AA Tournament at Huntland on Tuesday.
MCHS head coach Lisa Raffo and assistant coach Larry Pung said after the contest, "I think they played terrifically. Our team played beyond themselves. The seniors led the team and developed the team beyond what they were ready for and stepped up to another level."
Going into Thursday night's championship game, the Lady Patriots had outscored their district opponents 79-1 this season.
Forrest was the only district team to score a goal against Page in an 8-1 loss on Oct. 1.
The Tigerettes (7-5,4-3) came out strong and focused, stuffing the Lady Pats high powered offense until Kelsey Wilkes broke free in the box and scored the game's first goal at the 16:00 mark.
MCHS goaltender Janeice Cathey was spectacular, finishing with 19 saves in the contest.
Cathey and the Tigerette defense continually tried to bottle up the Page strikers and get some scoring opportunities of their own.
MCHS had only 11 shots on goal in the game, compared to 25 for Page.
Page scored their second goal at the 25:47 mark of the first half when Wilkes found Micki Dye free in the box for the score.
MCHS stood tall, but four minutes later, Wilkes scored again on a pass from Marlee Maynard, making it 3-0.
The Lady Pats went up four-nil with 90 seconds to play in the half when Dye scored on a rebound off of the top crossbar.
Marshall County came out as the aggressors in the second half, making two serious early runs in the Page end that almost produced goals.
The first was on a tough play through the Page defense by CeCe Raffo, but her cannon shot went high over the goal.
Moments later, Kaitlynn Pung broke free on the Page defense, but her shot was stopped by Lady Pat goalkeeper Katie Wright.
At the 22:38 mark, Rachel Finn made it 5-0 on an unassisted goal and Wilkes completed her hat trick and the night's scoring with her third goal of the contest on an assist from Dye with just under 10 minutes to play in the game.
The two MCHS coaches added, "It was a terrific season. We have been rebuilding for four years and every year we have done better."
Cascade shutout MTCS 2-0 in the other semifinal game Tuesday.
Page won the district title Thursday night in Huntland, defeating Cascade 5-1.
Both teams gained a berth in the Region 6A/AA Tournament, beginning next week.
Spring Hill (12-1-1) and Fairview (14-4-1) will represent the other side of the region.