Lady Bulldogs tie Tigerettes

Friday, September 7, 2012
Cornersville's Jessica Dunn and Alyssa Gideon battle Marshall County's Olivia Shultz for a loose ball in the first half. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

Although the game didn't count in the District 11-A-AA standings, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs (0-4-1) and Marshall County Tigerettes (1-3-1) both played with plenty of intensity on Tuesday night, as the two county rivals battled to a 1-1 tie in Lewisburg.

Playing the first of two regular season encounters, Cornersville jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Jessica Dunn, before the Tigerettes' Yesenia Equia scored late in the first half to knot the game at 1-1.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the second half despite having a number of scoring opportunities.

Marshall County's Clara Wilson tries to dribble past Cornersville's Alexis Easterwood in the second half.

With Tuesday's outcome, the two teams have now played to a 1-1 tie in two of their last three meetings on the pitch.

Marshall County finished with a 23-14 advantage in shot attempts, but was unable to take advantage of their extra scoring opportunities.

"I'm pleased that we showed improvement with what we've been working on and that is our touches and our passes," said MCHS coach Mark Redferrin. "We didn't do a good job of that in our last game, but we're becoming more comfortable with our new formation."

Freshman striker Abbey Cross attempted a team high seven shots for the Tigerettes, while Abbey Redferrin, Emily Spence, and Sophie Raffo took six, four, and three shots respectively. Clara Wilson, Olivia Shultz, and Equia each recorded one shot for Marshall County as well.

Junior striker Amala Elder paced the Lady Bulldogs with four shots, while Makayla Campbell and Anna Claire Foster both attempted three shots. Dunn, Sadie Gentry, Alyssa Gideon, and Autumn Pendergrass took one shot apiece for Cornersville as well.

Senior goaltender Ivory Riner turned in a strong performance for the Lady Bulldogs and stopped several close range shots by the Tigerettes en route to registering 17 saves.

"We've still got some work to do, but I'm proud of the girls because they played hard today. We'll be ready for them the next time we play," said Cornersville coach Lindsey Browning. "Ivory played great. She's been our MVP every game this season and has saved us a lot."

Equia started the game at goalie for Marshall County and recorded one save while allowing a goal. Atlanta Ferguson then replaced Equia in net and tallied eight saves.

The Lady Bulldogs controlled the action early on and grabbed a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the contest. After Equia blocked a close range blast by Gideon, Dunn ran down the loose ball and lined a shot into the left hand side of the net.

Riner made several tough saves over the next 30 minutes to preserve Cornersville's tenuous one goal lead, but the Tigerettes finally broke through in the 39th minute to tie the contest at 1-1 when Equia lofted a shot into the upper left hand corner of the net after running down a loose ball in the middle of the field.

Riner thwarted scoring chances by Abbey Redferrin, Raffo, and Spence in the first 21 minutes of the second half, before Ferguson stopped a low, skidding shot by Campbell in the 63rd minute.

After Elder fired a shot just over the MCHS net in the 64th minute, Abbey Redferrin blasted a 15-yard shot from the middle of the field towards the upper part of the Lady Bulldog goal, but Riner leapt up and tipped the ball over the top post.

Ferguson then caught a close range shot by Campbell in the 77th minute before Riner stopped a final scoring attempt by Spence in the 79th minute to maintain the 1-1 draw.

The two teams will meet again on Oct. 2 at Cornersville High School with the game counting towards the District standings.