Lincoln County slips past Tigerettes in close match
Despite a stellar performance from goaltender Alexis Ford, the Marshall County Tigerettes (2-4) saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon when they were defeated 1-0 by the Lincoln County Falcons in Fayetteville.
Having lost 3-0 to Lincoln County last year, the Tigerettes hung tough early on in Saturday's contest and battled the Lady Falcons to a 0-0 tie in the first half. Lincoln County finally breached MCHS' defense early in the second half and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute before holding the Tigerettes scoreless the rest of the way.
"We lost 3-0 to them last year, but it was actually worse than that. We played them a lot better this year and matched their physicality," said Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin.
The Lady Falcons held a major edge in possession time and outshot MCHS 21-4 overall, but Ford helped keep the Tigerettes in the contest by recording 11 saves.
"Alexis played a fantastic game. I challenged her to play her A game today and she played an A-plus game. She was great and probably played her best game of the year," said Redferrin.
Gracie Browning scored Lincoln County's lone goal of the contest, while Lily Fisk registered an assist.
Freshman Grace Smith attempted two shots to lead the Tigerettes. Peyton Gevedon and Abbey Redferrin each took one shot for Marshall County as well.
After Ford blocked a close range shot by Browning, the Lady Falcons' Carly Fee lined a shot just over the top post of the MCHS net in the 14th minute.
In the 16th minute, the Tigerettes had their best scoring chance of the first half when Abbey Redferrin fired a 20-yard shot over the Lincoln County goal.
Ford then thwarted three scoring chances by Browning, Fee, and Caragan Treola over the next 15 minutes before batting away a long range shot by Sydney Fee that was headed for the upper left hand corner of the net in the 37th minute.
In the second half, Ford made a diving save on a low line drive shot by Fisk in the 43rd minute, but the Lady Falcons persistence finally paid off in the 45th minute when Browning laced a close range shot into the left hand corner of the goal to give Lincoln County a 1-0 lead after receiving a nice crossing pass from Fisk in front of the net.
Ford continued to keep the Tigerettes within striking distance, as she caught a curling shot by Mariah Carillo a couple of minutes later before blocking a close range attempt by Lauren Bradley in the 55th minute.
Marshall County had a chance to tie the game in the 67th minute when the Lady Falcon goalie came out of the net to challenge a run by Summer Garrett. Garrett then dished the ball off to Smith, who had an open look at the net, but Smith saw her low, skidding shot roll just outside the right post.
Lincoln County controlled play the rest of the way and came close to scoring on a couple of other occasions, but saw a 20-yard shot by Amy Cobb bounce off the left post in the 76th minute before Ford stopped another close range shot by Treola in the 78th minute to keep the Lady Falcons from padding their lead.