Tigerettes blank Lady Bulldogs
Coming off a hard fought 1-0 win over Wayne County five days earlier, the Marshall County Tigerettes notched their second straight victory on Tuesday night when they defeated the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs 5-0 in Lewisburg.
The Tigerettes (2-3) took control of the match early and scored three times in the first 20 minutes of the contest to take a 3-0 lead into the break before tacking on two more goals in the second half to claim their second straight win over Cornersville (0-5).
Bolstered by their early offensive surge, Marshall County outshot the Lady Bulldogs 18-9 overall. Junior midfielder Abbey Redferrin scored two goals to lead the Tigerettes' offensive attack, while Sophie Raffo, Grace Smith, and Macy Smith tallied one goal apiece with Raffo registering an assist. Lesley Hudson and Callie Johnson also notched an assist for MCHS.
"We just continue to get better with our execution and ball movement. We're playing cleaner and more precise with each game," said Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin. "We've been getting productively from multiple players this season. It's good to have a balanced attack because teams can't just focus on shutting down one player."
Although Cornersville was shut out for the fourth time this season, CHS coach Sherrie Campbell was encouraged that her team was able to create more scoring chances in the second half after attempting just three shots in the opening stanza.
"I made some changes to improve our offense and I saw some progress out there," said Campbell. "The girls kept playing hard and competing so I was encouraged by that."
Junior midfielder Anna Claire Foster paced Cornersville with three shots, while Autumn Sheroski and Lindsey Stampfly both took two shots. Alexis Easterwood and Moira Borne each attempted one shot for the Lady Bulldogs as well.
In net, Marshall County goalie Alexis Ford finished with six saves en route to recording her second shutout of the season, while Lady Bulldog goaltender Hope Taylor notched 12 saves.
The Tigerettes pounced on Cornersville early and took a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game when Grace Smith stole a Lady Bulldog pass in the middle of the field before dribbling in and lacing a 15-yard shot into the left hand corner of the net.
Taylor made a couple of nice saves over the next 14 minutes to keep the deficit at one, but Raffo stretched Marshall County's lead to 2-0 in the 17th minute by launching a 30-yard direct kick just underneath the top post of the CHS goal from the right side of the field.
In the 20th minute, the Tigerettes opened up a 3-0 advantage when Abbey Redferrin curled a 20-yard shot into the upper left hand corner of the net after receiving a pass from Hudson on the right side of the field.
Cornersville came close to getting on the board in the 32nd minute, but Ford made a leaping save on a line drive shot by Foster to maintain MCHS' three-goal lead.
Ford thwarted a couple of scoring chances by Sheroski and Foster early in the second half before the Tigerettes tallied another goal in the 58th minute to forge a 4-0 lead. After Raffo delivered a crossing pass to the front of the Cornersville net, Macy Smith chased down the ball and chipped in a close range shot over Taylor's head.
Abbey Redferrin then blasted a 15-yard shot through Taylor's hands in 63rd minute after receiving a pass from Johnson in the middle of the field before Ford stopped a close range shot by Borne in the 65th minute to cap Marshall County's 5-0 victory.