Tigers tear apart Richland
The Marshall County Tigers picked up their second win of the season on the pitch when they crushed an overmatched Richland Raider squad 10-1 at home on Monday.
MCHS (2-0-1) blew the game open early and exploded for six goals in the first 30 minutes of the contest to forge a 6-0 lead at the break before outscoring Richland 4-1 in the second half to coast to the easy victory.
"This year we're looking to set long term goals and short term goals for each game. Our short term goal for this game was to work really hard the first 20 minutes and build a lead," said Marshall County coach Lisa Raffo. "We have two District games coming up this week so it was important to put the game away early and get our starters some rest. It was also good to get the younger guys some experience too."
The Tigers put almost constant pressure on Richland's net and outshot the Raiders 41-10 overall. Marshall County had two different players record hat tricks in the game, as senior Andres Acosta scored four goals, while freshman Jose Pineda tallied three goals. Ivan Leyva notched two goals and two assists as well, and Luis Zarate added one goal and one assist. Brad Pippen and David Martinez also registered two assists apiece for MCHS.
Tiger goaltender Jonathan Salinas turned in a solid performance and finished with eight saves.
Mayburn Wright scored Richland's lone goal of the contest, while Joey Jones was credited with an assist.
Raider goaltender Carl Manning stopped a couple Marshall County scoring chances early on, but the floodgates quickly opened up after that point, as the Tigers tallied four goals in a span of six minutes to claim a 4-0 lead midway through the first half.
After taking a pass from Zarate in the middle of the field and firing a low skidding shot into the right hand corner of the net in the 12th minute, Acosta blasted a bicycle kick past Manning in the 13th minute from 15 yards out to give MCHS a 2-0 advantage. Zarate then lofted a shot into the left corner of the net from the top of the goalie box in the 15th minute to make it 3-0 before Acosta scored on a header in the 18th minute off of a corner kick play.
In the 29th minute, the Tigers opened up a 5-0 cushion when Leyva weaved his way down the right side of the field and lined a low skidding shot just inside the far post from 20 yards out.
Pineda then staked MCHS to a 6-0 lead in the 30th minute by kicking in a rebound after Leyva had a shot attempt bounce off the right post of the net.
Marshall County quickly stretched their lead to 7-0 in the second half when Leyva won a loose ball in the middle of the field and rifled a shot underneath the top post from the top of the goalie box.
Wright spoiled the Tigers' shut bid by scoring a goal in the 62nd minute to trim the deficit to 7-1, but MCHS responded with three goals over the next 10 minutes to extend their lead to 10-1. After Pineda flicked a 10-yard shot into the right hand corner of the net from 10 yards out in the 67th minute, Acosta scored on another header in the 71st minute before Pineda lined a close range shot past Manning in the 72nd minute.