Tigers race past Rockets

Friday, March 22, 2013
Marshall County's David Martinez blasts a 25-yard shot into the upper left hand corner of the net in the first half against Forrest. Photos by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber

The Marshall County Tigers defeated archrival Forrest for the fifth straight time on the pitch, as MCHS opened District 11-A-AA play with a 6-0 victory over the Rockets at home on Tuesday night.

Marshall County (2-1, 1-0 District) put the game out of reach early and forged a 5-0 lead in the first half before tacking on another goal midway through the second stanza to cruise to their second win of the season.

The Tigers kept Forrest goaltender Spenser McGuiggan busy for much of the contest and outshot the Rockets 45-5 overall. MCHS featured a balanced offensive attack and had six different players score in the contest.

Tiger scorers

Junior midfielder Ivan Leyva led Marshall County with a goal and two assists, while Luis Zarate and Marvin Jaimes each tallied a goal and one assist. David Martinez, Edwin Jaimes, and Luis Consuelo each notched a goal for the Tigers as well.

In net, Marshall County goaltender Evan Haislip finished with four saves en route to recording the first shutout of his career.

"I was really proud that we were strong the entire game. We didn't lose our intensity even when we put our younger players in," said MCHS coach Lisa Raffo. "I was happy with the way that we moved the ball and it was nice to see multiple players score. Our defensive line also played really well and they have more maturity this year."

Nolan Farris attempted two shots to pace the Rockets (0-3, 0-3 District), while Javier Rios, William Tansil, and Chris Haggard each took one shot. McGuiggan ended the game with 21 saves.

Forrest's Colton Cook and Marshall County's Luis Zarate battle for possession of the ball in the second half.

Fast lead

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the contest when Zarate made a run down the right side of the field and lined a 15-yard shot inside the right post.

Marshall County then opened up a 2-0 advantage on a goal by Leyva in the 13th minute. After receiving a pass from Zarate in the middle of the field, Leyva fired a shot into the lower left hand corner of the net.

In the 23rd minute, MCHS stretched their lead to 3-0 when Marvin Jaimes lofted a crossing pass in front of the Forrest goal before Consuelo redirected the ball into the back of the net.

Marshall County's Victor Palma tries to outrun Forrest's Cooper McNair and Donavan Murray to a loose ball in the second half.

Martinez gave the Tigers a 4-0 advantage in the 37th minute by rifling a 25-yard shot into the upper left hand corner of the net after receiving a pass from Leyva in the middle of the field.

Striking again

Marshall County struck again in the waning moments of the first half when Edwin Jaimes intercepted a Forrest goal kick in the middle of the field and blasted a low, line drive past McGuiggan from 20 yards out.

Marvin Jaimes then capped the scoring for MCHS in the 54th minute by heading in a crossing pass from Leyva to make it 6-0.

The Rockets nearly got on the board in the 76th minute when Farris lined a direct kick towards the upper right hand side of the Tiger net, but Haislip made a leaping save to keep the shutout intact.