Tigerette scorers come alive against Huntland
After scoring just one goal in their previous two games, the Marshall County Tigerettes (4-7-1) snapped out of their recent offensive funk on Wednesday evening when they defeated the Huntland Lady Hornets 3-1 at home.
Huntland (4-9-1) held a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, but the Tigerettes eventually got their offense on track and scored two goals over the next 10 minutes to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Marshall County then tacked on an insurance goal in the second half while holding the Lady Hornets scoreless the rest of the way to claim their fourth victory of the season.
"We just had a breakdown defensively early in the game, but those things happen sometimes. The girls stepped up after that and controlled the rest of the game," said MCHS coach Mark Redferrin. "The last two games we've been able to get the ball up the sideline and create scoring chances, but have struggled to finish. Tonight we did a little bit better job of finishing."
The Tigerettes held a significant edge in possession time and outshot Huntland 19-4 overall. Freshman wing Grace Smith had a hand in all three Marshall County goals, as she scored once and dished out a pair of assists.
"I moved Grace from striker to wing and I think she's responded well. It takes some of the pressure off of her and allows her to be more creative," said Mark Redferrin.
Abbey Redferrin and Peyton Gevedon each tallied a goal for the Tigerettes as well, while Lesley Hudson notched an assist. MCHS goalie Alexis Ford finished with three saves.
Madison Combs scored Huntland's lone goal of the contest, while goaltender Caylee McLennan recorded 11 saves.
McLennan thwarted a couple of early scoring chances by the Tigerettes before the Lady Hornets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Combs made a steal on the left side of the field and lofted a 25-yard shot over Ford's outstretched arms.
Huntland's lead didn't last long, as Smith and Gevedon teamed up for a goal in the 21st minute to tie the match at 1-1. After making a run down the right side of the pitch, Smith served the ball back to the middle of the field before Gevedon fired a low, skidding shot into the left hand corner of the net from 12 yards out.
In front for good
In the 26th minute, Marshall County scored an almost carbon copy goal to take a 2-1 lead when Abbey Redferrin chipped a close range shot into the left side of the net after receiving another nice pass from Smith in the middle of the field.
The Lady Hornets had a chance to tie the game early in the second half when Jordan Sells stole the ball in the middle of the field and had an open shot at the net. Sells, however, was unable to convert on the opportunity and fired a shot just wide of the left post.
The Tigerettes opened up some breathing room midway through the second half by tallying a goal in the 60th minute to open up a 3-1 advantage. Hudson made a run down the left side of the field before firing a shot towards the far post that skidded past McLennan. Smith then hustled in and booted the ball into the open net from point blank range to record her seventh goal of the season.
Marshall County came close to padding their lead on two more occasions over the final 10 minutes of the contest, but saw a couple of long range shots by Abbey Redferrin and Sophie Raffo bounce off the post.