Tigers tie Loretto
Despite scuffling on the pitch for most of the afternoon, the Marshall County Tigers managed to earn a point in the District standings on Monday when they battled the Loretto Mustangs to a 1-1 tie at home on Senior Day.
Loretto (4-5-2, 1-5-2 District) held a 1-0 lead late in the second half and appeared they might steal a road win, but the Tigers (6-5-1, 3-3-1 District) tallied a goal with eight minutes left thanks to a penalty kick by Luis Consuelo to salvage the 1-1draw.
Both teams struggled to generate quality scoring chances, as each squad attempted just nine shots overall. Consuelo led Marshall County with three shots, while Jose Pineda, Marvin Jaimes, and Chris Martinez took two shots apiece.
"I think we were distracted with the proceedings of Senior Night. We weren't focused and never got that corrected," said MCHS coach Mark Redferrin. "We never got into a groove and didn't play our brand of soccer. We were disorganized from front to back and couldn't get it fixed."
Antonio Girabaldi scored the Mustangs lone goal of the contest and attempted two shots overall. Bryce Hannah, Jose Hernandez, and Ben Farrington took two shots apiece for Loretto as well, while Ridge Mattox fired one shot on goal.
In net, Marshall County goalie Damien Richard and Mustang goalkeeper Luke Hood both finished with eight saves.
The Tigers had a chance to get on the board early in the first half when Marvin Jaimes made a run down the right side of the field and briefly got behind the Loretto defense. Jaimes, though, was unable to reap the fruits of his labor, as he was knocked off stride by the Mustangs' Rhett Kennedy and lost the ball out of bounds near the Loretto net.
The Mustangs then grabbed a 1-0 lead a few minutes later when Girabaldi rifled a 25-yard shot into the lower left hand corner of the net from the middle of the field.
Marshall County had a chance to tie the game midway through the first half after being awarded a penalty kick when David Hernandez was fouled inside the goalie box. MCHS was unable to cash in, as Edwin Jaimes fired the shot wide left of the net.
Loretto was still clinging to the 1-0 lead in the waning moments of the contest, but the Tigers were awarded another penalty kick in the 72nd minute after Hood tackled Edwin Jaimes in front of net while going for the ball. Consuelo then calmly lined a shot into the lower right hand corner of the goal to knot the game at 1-1.