Community surges past Tigerettes in 2nd half
Coming off a 3-0 victory over Cannon County two days earlier, the Marshall County Tigerettes (5-8-1) saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end when they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Community Viqueens (7-4) at home on a blustery Saturday afternoon.
Despite playing their fourth match in five days, the Tigerettes showed plenty of fight early in the contest and battled Community to a 0-0 tie in the first half.
The Viqueens, however, saw their offense come alive when they had the wind at the backs in the second half and scored three goals in the first 30 minutes of the stanza to take a 3-0 lead en route to claiming their fifth straight victory over MCHS.
After mustering only four shots last year in a 5-0 loss to Community, the Tigerettes created several more scoring chances in Saturday's contest, but were still outshot by the Viqueens 15-11 overall.
"They're a really good team and are competitive in their District. We were able to create more scoring opportunities today, but just couldn't finish. That's been a problem all year," said Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin.
Sophie Raffo scored the Tigerettes lone goal of the contest on a corner kick. Midfielder Abbey Redferrin led Marshall County with five shots, while Grace Smith and Ashley Orr both took two shots. Raffo and Peyton Gevedon also attempted one shot apiece for MCHS. Tigerette goaltender Alexis Ford turned in a solid effort and recorded 10 saves.
Falicia Fletcher tallied two goals to lead the Viqueens offensive attack. Carlie Molnar scored a goal for Community as well, while Mercedes Huntley and Carla Pena each notched an assist. Goaltender Dora Ramos started the game in net for the Viqueens and finished with nine saves. Katy Bush then replaced Ramos late in the contest and allowed one goal.
The Viqueens had a golden opportunity to get on the board early in the contest when Ford bobbled a low, skidding shot by Molnar in the 6th minute. Community's Lexi Burnett then ran down the rebound, but was unable to put the ball into the open net and saw her close range shot ricochet off the top post of the goal.
Ford then thwarted two more Viqueen scoring chances over the next 10 minutes before Ramos caught a long range shot by Abbey Redferrin in the 18th minute.
After Ford snared a couple of high arching shots by Gabby Ramos in the 30th and 36th minutes, Dora Ramos stopped a low, line drive by Abbey Redferrin in the 38th minute to maintain the scoreless tie.
Dora Ramos made three more saves in the first 10 minutes of the second half before Community finally broke the stalemate in the 53rd minute when Fletcher fired a close range shot inside the left post to make it 1-0 after receiving a nice pass from Huntley in front of the net.
Fletcher then struck again in the 59th minute to give the Viqueens a 2-0 advantage. After Ford blocked a line drive shot by Gabby Ramos, Fletcher hustled in and kicked in the rebound from point blank range.
In the 70th minute, Molnar stretched the Viqueens lead to 3-0 by blasting a 10-yard shot through Ford's hands after receiving a pass from Pena in the middle of the field.
Raffo spoiled Community's shutout bid in the 80th minute when she curled a corner kick from the left side of the field towards the near post that bounced off Bush's leg and into the back of the net for the 3-1 final.