Spring Hill storms past Tigerettes
The Marshall County Tigerettes' run in the 2014 soccer playoffs lasted just 40 minutes, as MCHS lost 3-0 in the first round of the District 12-A-AA tournament to the Spring Hill Lady Raiders (10-3-3) on Monday in an abbreviated game that was called at halftime due to severe thunderstorms.
With Monday's win, Spring Hill eliminated the Tigerettes from the playoffs for the second straight year and advanced to the District tournament semifinals where they defeated Giles County 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Despite being disappointed that his team didn't get a chance to make a comeback attempt in an elimination game, Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin agreed with the referees' decision to call the game in order to ensure the safety of the players.
"Anytime you don't get to play the second half of a game it's disappointing especially when it's one with such big consequences, but they made the right decision. They kids' safety comes first," said Redferrin. "There were tornado warnings in the area and a huge thunderstorm was coming so the refs made the right call."
Although the Tigerettes (5-10-1) finished with three fewer wins than last year, Redferrin believes his young team made progress this season and should show improvement in the 2015 campaign with the return of seven starters.
"We're in a really competitive District, but I'm looking forward to next season. We had some talented players on the field this year, but we just didn't jell. Hopefully we'll work out the kinks next year," said Redferrin. "We actually played a better brand of soccer this year than we have in the past, but we just couldn't finish when we had scoring opportunities. We're looking good for the future. We just have to develop some players."
Having beaten MCHS 7-0 during the regular season, Spring Hill once again controlled the action in Monday's contest and outshot the Tigerettes 15-2 overall. Julia Boylan scored two goals to spearhead the Lady Raiders' offensive attack, while Brooklyn Prewett added one goal.
Summer Garrett and Taianda Hutton each attempted one shot for Marshall County. Tigerette goalie Alexis Ford was busy for much of the contest and finished with 11 saves.
The Tigerettes hung tough early and battled Spring Hill to a 0-0 tie through the first 18 minutes of play, but the Lady Raiders broke the scoreless tie in the 19th minute when Boylan blasted a low line drive into the left hand corner of the net from the right side of the field to make it 1-0.
In the 23rd minute, Boylan stretched Spring Hill's lead to 2-0 by ripping a shot inside the far post after making a run down the right side of the field.
Prewett then capped the scoring in the 27th minute by lacing another shot into the left corner of the net to wrap up the Lady Raiders' 3-0 victory.