Tigerettes blank East Hickman
Marshall County's girls soccer team aimed to stay unbeaten early in the season with a home game Tuesday night against East Hickman. Thanks to a couple of surprising sources and some great senior leadership the home team won 5-0, pushing its record to 2-0.
The Tigerettes got their first win of the year against Forrest with equal representation in each class with goals by a senior, junior, sophomore and freshman, but this match was all about the seniors.
Senior Abby Redferrin scored the first goal of the night just three minutes in off a shot just a few feet inside the midfield mark. The outnumbered Eagles managed to go tit for tat with the Tigerettes for most of the first half until an unlikely spark came in off the bench for Marshall County.
Madison Newberry provided instant offense for a team struggling to find some momentum with a pair of goals and nearly a third. Newberry tallied with five minutes left in the half and added another just two minutes later.
She came within an inch of another just a minute later.
"That was pretty amazing. I was really excited. This is probably the best night of my senior year so far," Newberry beamed afterward. "I was thinking 'oh my gosh, I'm about to score a goal!' I haven't played in like 10 years and this was my first varsity game."
Added coach Mark Redferrin: "This is her first year. She worked so hard this spring and in the offseason, everytime she steps on the field she gets better. I'm just really happy for her. What a huge game and I couldn't be more proud."
The Tigerettes got a preview into the future early in the second half when sophomore left midfielder Macy Smith raced down the the sideline and nailed a kick just inside the right corner of the goal to push the lead to 4-0.
"We've been working on starting off strong and finishing strong" Smith said. "We just need to find a balance between the two and hopefully I helped."
Marshall County closed the game on a goal from another senior, starting goalkeeper Alexis Ford. Ford delighted the crowd running the length of the field and scoring on a helpless Eagles defender.
"We're really offensive-oriented and we knew that coming into the season," Coach Redferrin stated. "Our biggest concern was how we were going to perform defensively. We made a couple systematic and personnel changes and it's really started paying off."
The Tigerettes have now outscored their opponents 9-2 on the year and will put the unbeaten record on the line against Fayetteville High (0-2, 0-1) at 6 p.m. Thursday.