Tigers win before suffering 1st loss
The Marshall County Tigers are off to a 3-1 start on the season and Coach Mark Redferrin is pleased with the way the squad has performed.
"Overall, I'm very proud of our team thus far this season, not because of scores, but because we come to work every day, give our best, and let the results speak for themselves," said Redferrin.
MCHS beat Lancaster Christian School 3-1 on Monday before travelling to Page on Wednesday where they lost 3-0.
Marvin Jaimes, Luis Consuelo, and David Hernandez all scored for the Tigers in the Lancaster Christian game, while Jaimes also had two assists and was named Player of the Match.
"We have a multi-faceted attack with weapons everywhere, but what I'm most proud of is the fact that over 80% of our goals come from an assist by a teammate," said Redferrin. "That shows me that our players are unselfish and are willing to make the right decision, even if that means giving up a shot or goal of their own to a teammate with a better chance."
Consuelo also had an assist for the Tigers.
"Luis Consuelo has really taken a leadership role on the team and has improved his work rate tremendously this season," said Redferrin. "He is our leading goal-scorer, but is also in the top three with assists."
On Saturday at Page, the Patriots took a 1-0 halftime lead before scoring twice in the second half to come away with the win over Marshall County.
Pablo Salinas, who has been spectacular in goal for the Tigers, made six saves versus Page.
"Pablo is a fourth-year goalkeeper that has stepped up and taken over the position this season," said Redferrin. "He has done a good job for us this year and has really improved his decision-making and communication."
Player of Match
The MCHS Player of the Match was Will Smith.
"We have had to do a lot of rebuilding this season after losing five starters from last year, but we've had some young guys really step up and become dependable players for us," said Redferrin.
The Tigers won the district title in 2012, but have not been able to capture the coveted crown since.
"We want to get back to that district championship game and we want to bring that plaque back to Marshall County," said Redferrin. "Aside from that, we just want to get better every day, every game. If we do that, the results will take care of themselves."