MCHS routs Summit
Coming off an emotional 3-1 road win over local rival Forrest two days earlier, the Marshall County Tigers picked up a big District win on Saturday night when they crushed third place Summit 7-2 at home behind a stellar effort from senior striker Andres Acosta.
The Spartans (4-7-1, 3-2 District) battled MCHS to a 1-1 tie late in the first half, but the Tigers seized the momentum shortly after that point and tallied two goals in the last six minutes of the stanza to take a 3-1 lead into the break. Marshall County (7-4-2, 3-1-1) then kept their foot on the gas in the second half and outscored Summit 4-1 over the final 40 minutes to roll to their third straight victory.
Bolstered by their second half offensive surge, the Tigers finished with a 17-10 edge in shot attempts. Acosta turned in one of the best performances of his MCHS career and tallied four goals and an assist in the contest. Luis Zarate and Brad Pippen each added a goal and an assist as well, while Ivan Leyva and Trey Sellars registered two and one assist respectively . The Spartans were also credited with an own goal in the first half.
Tiger goalie Jonathan Salinas continued his steady play in net and recorded eight saves overall.
"I was very pleased tonight because we practiced very hard on finishing in the last third of the field yesterday. This was an important win for us because they were ahead of us in the District standings," said Marshall County coach Lisa Raffo. "We've gotten back in our groove offensively. I was really afraid of a letdown after the Forrest game."
Bret Thomas and Logan Hillen both scored one goal for Summit, while Daniel Haymer had an assist.
The Spartans helped MCHS' cause early on when Summit's Jesse Vega accidently redirected the ball into his own net in the fourth minute while trying to clear a pass from Zarate away from the goal to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
In the seventh minute, Thomas tied the game at 1-1 by blasting a close range shot past Salinas after running down a throw in from Haymer in the middle of the field.
The Tigers, though, began to take control of the game late in the first half and found the back of the net twice in a span of three minutes to claim a 3-1 advantage.
After receiving a pass from Acosta in the middle of the field, Zarate rifled a 25-yard shot into the upper right hand corner of the net in the 34th minute to make it 2-1. Acosta then outran the Spartan defense to a downfield pass from Pippen and scored on a breakaway in the 37th minute.
Pippen stretched Marshall County's lead to 4-1 in the opening minute of the second half when he fired a close range shot just inside the right post after receiving a crossing pass from Sellars in the middle of the field.
Acosta then scored on a header in the 53rd minute off a nice crossing pass from Zarate to give MCHS a 5-1 advantage before receiving a pass from Leyva in front of the net and hammering home a shot from point blank range in the 60th minute to push the Tigers' lead to 6-1.
Hillen kicked in a rebound in the 61st minute to trim the deficit to 6-2 after Salinas blocked a line drive shot by Austin Gwinn, but Acosta once again outran the Spartan defense to a long downfield pass from Leyva and scored on a breakaway in the 73rd minute to cap Marshall County's 7-2 triumph.