Crusaders fend off Tigerettes in close soccer match
On Monday, the Marshall County Tigerettes (2-6) suffered their third straight loss when they were defeated 3-2 by the Middle Tennessee Crusaders at Cook Soccer Park in Columbia.
Marshall County held a 1-0 lead late in the the first half, but the Crusaders seized control of the game by tallying three goals in a span of seven minutes to take a 3-1 advantage into the break. Middle Tennessee then staved off a late second half rally by the Tigerettes to hold on for the one goal victory.
Bolstered by their first half offensive flurry, the Crusaders outshot Marshall County 17-12 overall. Aiden Foriest had a hand in all three Middle Tennessee goals, as she scored twice and dished out an assist. Emma Jane Farmer also scored a goal for the Crusaders, while Addison Foriest notched an assist.
"We just had mental breakdowns and didn't do our assignments in the first half. We didn't work hard and they're a good team that is going to punish you for that," said MCHS coach Mark Redferrin.
Abbey Redferrin and Peyton Gevedon tallied one goal apiece for the Tigerettes. Redferrin and Gevedon paced Marshall County in shot attempts as well with four and three respectively, while Grace Smith and Lesley Hudson each fired two shots. Summer Garrett also took one shot for MCHS.
In net, Tigerette goalie Alexis Ford recorded 11 saves, while Crusader goaltender Caleigh Castorena finished with eight saves.
Marshall County looked good early and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute on a goal by Abbey Redferrin. After Castorena blocked a line drive shot by Gevedon, a Middle Tennessee defender tried to clear the ball away from the Crusader net, before Redferrin intercepted the pass and laced a 15-yard shot into the lower left hand corner of the net.
Ford thwarted three scoring chances by Aiden Foriest midway through the first half, but Foriest finally broke through for a goal in the 30th minute to tie the contest at 1-1 when she out ran a MCHS defender to a pass from Addison Foriest in the middle of the field and fired a close range shot into the left hand corner of the net
In the 34th minute, Aiden Foriest gave the Crusaders a 2-1 advantage by making a run down the middle of the field and lining an uncontested shot past Ford.
Middle Tennessee then stretched their lead to 3-1 in the 37th minute when Farmer blasted a close range shot into the left corner of the goal after settling a corner kick by Aiden Foriest in the middle of the field.
The Tigerettes appeared to cut the deficit to one in the waning moments of the first half after Ashley Orr redirected a crossing pass from Redferrin into the back of the net, but the referee ruled that Orr was off sides and disallowed the goal.
Marshall County then failed to convert on a couple of scoring chances early in the second half, as Castorena stopped a shot by Smith on a breakaway attempt in the 44th minute before Gevedon fired a close range shot over the net in the 47th minute.
After Castorena blocked a line drive shot by Redferrin midway through the half, Gevedon narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the 77th minute by running down a loose ball in the middle of the field and lofting a 20-yard shot over Castorena's head.
The Tigerettes, though, were unable to generate another quality scoring chance over the final three minutes of the game en route to suffering their sixth loss of the season.