Tigerettes fall short against Giles County
After recording an impressive 5-1 victory over Cascade five days earlier, the Marshall County Tigerettes (3-7, 2-3 District) were unable to match Giles County's offensive firepower on Tuesday night, as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Lady Bobcats (9-1-1, 4-0-1 District) at home.
The Tigerettes stayed within striking distance of Giles County in the first half and trailed just 2-1 at the break, but the Lady Bobcats began to pull away over the final 40 minutes of the contest and outscored MCHS 2-0 in the second stanza to remain undefeated in District play.
"We competed for 80 minutes and that's all I can ask. Giles County is a very good team and is well coached," said Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin. "We're just trying to get better every game because we're preparing for the District tournament. We want to get out of the first round this year."
Thanks to their victory on Tuesday, the Lady Bobcats clinched the top seed in the Southern Division for the upcoming District 12-A-AA tournament while Marshall County fell to third place.
Bolstered by their strong second half performance, Giles County outshot the Tigerettes 12-6 overall. Anna Underwood scored two goals to lead the Lady Bobcats' offensive attack, while Bailey Sumners and Kate McComiskey tallied one goal apiece. Jamie Harmond dished out two assists for Giles County as well and Madison Newton notched one assist.
After the Lady Bobcats saw their top two goaltenders recently go down with injuries, freshman Alexis Rose filled in well for Giles County in net and recorded four saves.
Freshman forward Grace Smith scored Marshall County's lone goal of the game and Abbey Redferrin notched an assist before leaving the game early in the second half due to an apparent ankle injury. Smith and Redferrin also attempted two shots apiece, while Sophie Raffo and Callie Johnson each took one shot. Tigerette goalie Alexis Ford turned in a solid effort and finished with eight saves.
Giles County failed to convert on a couple of early scoring chances but grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when Underwood cranked a 20-yard shot into the upper left hand corner of the net after receiving a pass from Harmond on the right side of the field.
Underwood then struck again in the 23rd minute to give the Lady Bobcats a 2-0 advantage. After a MCHS defender deflected a crossing pass by Sumners, Underwood won a scramble for the ball in front of the net before chipping a close range shot over Ford's head.
The Tigerettes quickly counterpunched and narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the 24th minute when Smith redirected a corner kick by Abbey Redferrin into the lower right hand corner of the net for her sixth goal of the year.
Sumners stretched Giles County's lead to 3-1 early in the second half by rifling a 25-yard shot just inside the far post in the 48th minute after receiving a pass from Newton on the left side of the field.
In the 58th minute, the Lady Bobcats opened up a 4-1 advantage when McComiskey took a pass from Harmond in the middle of the field and fired a low, skidding shot past Ford.
Rose then made three saves over the final 16 minutes of the game to help keep Marshall County at arms' length down the stretch.