Tigers fall to Page

Friday, March 30, 2012
Marshall County's Andres Acosta battles Page's Austin Eddy for possession of the ball in the first half. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

After routing Fayetteville 12-2 the previous day, the Marshall County Tigers suffered their first loss of the season on the pitch when they dropped a 3-0 decision to defending District champ Page at home on Wednesday.

The Patriots (5-0, 4-0 District) took control of the game in the first half and tallied a pair of goals in the first 40 minutes of play to take a 2-0 lead into the break before scoring on a penalty kick early in the second half.

Although Marshall County (3-1-1, 1-1-1 District) put heavy pressure on Page's net over the final 30 minutes and actually finished with a 29-27 advantage in shot attempts, the Patriots were able to keep the Tigers at arm's length thanks to a strong performance from goaltender Bow Shafer, who finished with 15 saves.

"I was very happy with the second half. Except for that penalty kick, we played pretty even with them. I was happy with the pace of the game and we had a lot better sequences in the second half. I just wish we had played that well in the first half," said Marshall County coach Lisa Raffo.

Tristan Lonergan, Jacob Metkler, and Streator Ward each scored one goal for Page, while Michael Moses had an assist.

Senior striker Andres Acosta attempted a team high 12 shots to pace the Tigers, and Luis Zarate took six shots. Trey Sellars, Victor Palma, Jose Pineda, and David Martinez fired two shots apiece as well, while Nick Werner, Ivan Leyva, and Brad Pippen each got off one shot.

In net, MCHS goalie Jonathan Salinas finished with 16 saves.

It took the Patriots just five minutes to get on the board, as Lonergan took a crossing pass from Moses in the middle of the field and rifled a close range shot past Salinas to give Page a 1-0 lead.

The Patriots then opened up a 2-0 advantage late in the first half when Metkler lined a direct kick into the right hand side of the net from the top of the goalie box in the 36th minute.

Ward extended Page's lead to 3-0 nine minutes into the second half by firing a low skidding shot into the lower left hand corner of the net after being fouled near the MCHS goal and being awarded a penalty kick.

Marshall County created several scoring chances over the final 30 minutes, but were either thwarted by Shafter or saw the shot sail just wide of the Patriot net.