Bobcats bounce Tigers from district playoffs
Giles County (11-4-1) eliminated Marshall County's soccer team from the playoffs on Friday night when the Bobcats defeated the Tigers 2-0 in the first round of the District 12-A-AA tournament at Sam Davis Park in Pulaski.
Having beaten MCHS 3-1 in their lone regular season encounter, Giles County held a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half in Friday's contest before tacking on an insurance goal late in the second stanza to claim their fourth straight win over the Tigers.
Although Marshall County (6-9) outshot the Bobcats 14-9 overall, the Tigers struggled with their accuracy on Sam Davis Park's hard, patchy turf. Renato Leon led MCHS with four shot attempts, while Luis Consuelo, Caleb Estes, and David Hernandez each took two shots.
"It just wasn't our night. We had some great chances off some set pieces, but sometimes the ball doesn't bounce your way," said Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin. "We've had ups and downs with our competitiveness, but this was probably our most competitive game this season. We competed hard and showed a great will to win."
Junior forward Hayden Miller was a one-man wrecking crew for Giles County and scored both goals while attempting eight shots. Ben Ryland and Griffin Birdsong each registered an assist for the Bobcats as well.
In net, Tiger goalie Pablo Salinas recorded five saves, while Giles County goaltender Jedidiah Jenkins had four saves.
Marshall County nearly took the lead eight minutes into the match when Consuelo fired a 15-yard shot from the middle of the field that grazed the top of the Bobcat net.
Miller then gave Giles County a 1-0 advantage in the 22nd minute by outrunning the MCHS defense to a pass by Ryland on the left side of the field and booting a low, skidding shot into the back of the net after Salinas came out to challenge the ball.
In the 37th minute, Miller had a chance to extend the Bobcats' lead after getting behind Marshall County's defense again, but Salinas came out of the net and blocked Miller's shot to keep the deficit at one.
Marshall County then failed to convert on a couple of scoring chances early in the second half, as Consuelo fired a 10-yard shot wide left of the net in the 41st minute before Leon had a close range shot deflected by a Giles County defender in the 44th minute.
After Salinas made a diving save on a low line drive by Miller in the 45th minute, Estes and Leon both missed header attempts off corner kick plays midway through the second half.
Miller struck again in the 67th minute when he headed a corner kick by Birdsong into the lower left hand corner of the net to stretch the Bobcats' lead to 2-0.
That proved to be all the offense Giles County would need, as Tiger midfielder Jose Pineda launched a shot over the Bobcat net while Jenkins made a couple of saves over the final 12 minutes to secure the shutout.