Cannon County shuts down Tigers
Cannon County (2-5-2) dealt the Marshall County Tigers their fourth straight loss on the pitch when the Lions defeated MCHS 1-0 in Lewisburg on Saturday afternoon.
Although the Tigers (3-4) controlled play in the first half, they failed to convert on several scoring chances and were locked in a 0-0 tie with Cannon County at the break.
After the Lions scored early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead, Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin pulled his starters from the game before Cannon County held on for the win against MCHS' reserves.
"I hope they get the message. Taking your whole varsity team off the field should send a message. We'll see Tuesday if it did," said Redferrin. "The younger guys knew at halftime that they were going to play if the varsity didn't step it up. I thought they played really well when they came in."
The Tigers outshot the Lions 16-5 overall, but once again struggled to find the back of the net and have now scored a total of just two goals in their last four matches.
"We did a very poor job of executing in the last defensive third of the field. We had several open shots and fired them right at the keeper. We just didn't finish," said Redferrin.
Luis Consuelo led Marshall County with five shot attempts and Marvin Jaimes took four shots. Caleb Estes and Christian Munoz also fired two shots apiece for the Tigers, while Julian Jones, David Hernandez, and Jose Pineda tallied one shot apiece.
Senior goaltender Pablo Salinas started the game for Marshall County and recorded one save before being replaced in net by Will Smith, who notched two saves.
Marshall McReynolds scored Cannon County's lone goal of the contest, while Garrett McReynolds was credited with an assist. Lion goalie Billy Motlow notched nine saves en route to recording his first shutout of the season.
The first half proved to be an exercise in futility, as Jones and Hernandez both fired open shots into the side of the net before Motlow caught a line drive by Jaimes in the 16th minute.
After Consuelo had a 15-yard shot bounce off the left post in the 22nd minute, Motlow stopped two more shots by Consuelo over the next seven minutes to maintain the scoreless stalemate.
Estes then launched a header over the top of the net on a corner kick play in the 32nd minute before Motlow made a couple of saves on shots by Consuelo and Jaimes in the final minute of the first half.
In the second half, Cannon County finally broke the tie when Marshall McReynolds rifled a 15-yard shot into the left side of MCHS' net in the 47th minute after receiving a pass from Garrett McReynolds in the middle of the field.
MCHS had a couple of chances to tie the game midway through the second half, but Munoz fired a 10-yard shot over the top post of the Lions' goal before Motlow batted away another shot by Munoz that was headed for the upper left hand corner of the net to preserve the win for Cannon County.