Columbia Central trounces Tigerettes
The Marshall County Tigerettes had a tough time in their season opener on Tuesday afternoon, as they suffered an 8-0 road loss to the Columbia Lady Lions at Cook Soccer Park.
Columbia controlled the action throughout the contest and built a 3-0 lead in the first half before scoring five more goals over the final 40 minutes to cruise to the easy victory.
"They are a pretty stacked team. They have a lot of talent, a lot of skill, and a lot of speed. We have to be smarter when we play teams like that. We made some mental mistakes and they capitalized on them," said first-year Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin.
Scoring opportunities came few and far between for the Tigerettes, as the Lady Lions outshot MCHS 34-4 overall.
Senior striker Sabrina Gonzalez scored three goals to spearhead Columbia's offensive onslaught. Megan Precourt and Kaitlyn Dickinson both tallied two goals as well and dished out two and one assist respectively. Carson Hood also chipped in a goal for the Lady Lions, while Delany Fisher and Alison Farmer each registered one assist.
Clara Wilson, Emily Spence, Abbey Redferrin, and Laure Kouba each attempted one shot for MCHS.
Although she allowed eight goals, Marshall County goaltender Atlanta Ferguson stopped a number of close range shots by Columbia and finished with 20 saves overall.
"Atlanta actually had a huge game. She was under attack constantly and made a lot of tough saves today. I was pleased with the way that she played," said Mark Redferrin.
Lady Lion goalkeeper Aaron Springer notched four saves en route to recording the shutout.
Columbia grabbed a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the contest when Gonzalez scored on a header off of a corner kick play.
Precourt gave the Lady Lions a 2-0 lead in the 19th minute by lining a 15-yard shot just inside the near post after winning a loose ball on the left side of the field.
In the 27th minute, Dickinson received a pass from Precourt in the middle of the field and fired a low, skidding shot into the right hand corner of the net to stake Columbia to a 3-0 advantage at halftime.
Gonzalez stretched the Lady Lions' lead to 4-0 in the 50th minute when she took a pass from Farmer in the middle of the field and rifled a 15-yard shot into the upper right hand corner of the goal.
After Dickinson kicked in a rebound in the 60th minute to make it 5-0, Precourt beat an MCHS defender on the left side of the field and blasted a close range shot by Ferguson in the 67th minute to push Columbia's lead to 6-0.
Gonzalez then hammered home a 10-yard shot from the middle of the field in the 68th minute to extend the Lady Lions' advantage to 7-0, before Hood scored on a close range shot in the 70th minute after receiving a nice pass from Dickinson in front of the net to cap Columbia's 8-0 triumph.