Lady Bulldogs and Tigerettes fit to be tied again

Friday, October 5, 2012
Marshall County's Cadence Ray tries to outrun Cornersville's Alexis Easterwood to a loose ball in the first half. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

For the third time in their last four meetings, the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs and Marshall County Tigerettes were unable to determine a winner, as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie on Thursday afternoon at CHS.

Having played Marshall County to a 1-1 draw in a non-District game four weeks earlier in Lewisburg, the Lady Bulldogs (2-7-2, 1-5-1 District) drew first blood and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by senior midfielder Kaleigh Welch.

The Tigerettes (2-9-2, 1-5-1 District) then tied the game at 1-1 midway through the first half on a goal by Abbey Redferrin, but neither squad was able to find the back of the net again over the last 60 minutes of the contest.

Cornersville's Makayla Campbell dribbles past Marshall County's Callie Johnson in the first half.

Despite losing junior striker Jessica Dunn early in the game due to a wrist injury, the Lady Bulldogs pressured Marshall County's net for much of the contest and finished with a 20-14 advantage in shot attempts.

Amala Elder led Cornersville with nine shot attempts, while Anna Claire Foster, Makayla Campbell, and Welch attempted four, three, and two shots respectively. Lyndsey Stampfly and Sadie Gentry each took one shot for the Lady Bulldogs as well.

"Except for Jessica's injury, I was very pleased with how we played," said Cornersville coach Lindsey Browning. "We've finally worked out the positions where our girls play best here at the end of the season."

Marshall County's Clara Wilson fires a pass downfield in the second half against Cornersville.

Junior striker Emily Spence paced the Tigerettes with five shots, while Olivia Shultz and Abbey Redferrin tallied three and two shots respectively. Peyton Gevedon, Clara Wilson, Callie Johnson, and Sophie Raffo fired one shot apiece for MCHS as well.

In net, Tigerette goaltender Atlanta Ferguson recorded 13 saves, while CHS goalie Ivory Riner notched seven saves.

"Atlanta was very solid today. She made some huge saves for us and played a great game," said Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin.

Cornersville's Kaleigh Welch and Abbey Redferrin battle for a loose ball in the second half.

The Tigerettes had a golden opportunity to get on the board in the fourth minute when they fired three close range shots on Cornersville's net in the span of a few seconds, but Riner and Lady Bulldogs sweeper Alexis Easterwood blocked the first two shots before the third shot went wide left of the goal.

"We had some opportunities to score, but we just couldn't capitalize. We have to do a better job of finishing," said Mark Redferrin.

Welch then gave the Lady Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when she blasted a 30-yard shot into the right side of the net after winning a loose ball in the middle of the field.

"That goal was a surprise, but I'm happy for Kaleigh because that's the first goal she's ever scored," said Browning.

In the 20th minute, Marshall County knotted the game at 1-1 when a corner kick by Abbey Redferrin bounced off a CHS defender and into the back of the net.

Cornersville created some scoring opportunities in the latter stages of the first half, but Welch saw a shot go wide left of the net in the 32nd minute before Elder fired two shots just over the top post of the goal in the 34th and 37 minute.

Ferguson then made several nice saves in the first 30 minutes of the second half to maintain the 1-1 tie, while Raffo and Spence both had line drive shots narrowly go over the top post of the Lady Bulldog net.

Elder had one final chance to break the deadlock in the 80th minute when she beat a MCHS defender on the right side of the field and rifled a 15-yard shot towards the Marshall County goal, but Ferguson made a leaping catch to salvage a draw for the Tigerettes.