Tigerettes overpower Crusaders
Marshall County stepped out of TSSAA play on Thursday in a matchup against the Middle Tennessee Crusaders, a team composed of home-schooled players, and came away with an easy 9-2 victory after an initial scare from the visitors.
The Crusaders started out hot, easily controlling the ball for the first five minutes before scoring to take a 1-0 lead to put the Tigerettes (6-0) down for the first time at home this season.
"Our defense didn't start out shifting very good," Kaylee Apostolico said. "We weren't connecting as a team to start out but after that goal we fixed that."
The goal by the Crusaders seemed to snap Marshall County out of a trance starting with a goal by Patience Ferguson to tie the game just one minute later.
"I think we just lost focus," Ferguson said. "But we got our focus back. We handled what we needed to handle."
The onslaught started five minutes later when the Tigerettes scored six goals in 11 minutes to break the match open.
Hayley Garrett started the run that continued with two more goals from Ferguson to give her a hat trick by halftime. Two goals by senior Abby Redferrin followed with two more tallies before junior Lesley Hudson closed the surge with the seventh goal.
Redferrin added another goal before halftime to join Ferguson with a hat trick by intermission.
"All of my goals this game were more complex than the last and they were harder to get." Redferrin said. "It kind of felt better that they were harder goals and I had to work harder to get them."
Goalkeeper Alexis Ford refused to let the Crusaders add to the lone score to give Marshall County the 8-1 halftime lead.
"After that first goal, I said they're not going to score anymore, "Ford said. "We have a set goal and we're trying to break the record (best start) so I have that in the back of my mind,"
Added coach Mark Redferrin: "Sometimes we come out flat. But it's not how you start it's how you finish. I think a little adversity is good for the team every now and then."
The coach cycled his reserves in and out in the second half with sophomore Macy Smith finishing the scoring.
Sophomore goalie Hayley Porter picked up right where Ford left off allowing just one goal by the Crusaders first team the entire second half.
"It's (Ford's) senior year and I don't want to fail her as a back-up goalie," Porter said. "I'm a confident goalie and I have faith in myself and my team. I think we can do great this year."
The win tied the program's record for the best start to a season.
Score at half: MCHS 8-1
Final score: MCHS 9-2
MCHS player of the match: Summer Garrett.
MCHS goals: Patience Ferguson 3, Abby Redferrin 3, Summer Garrett, Macy Smith, Kaylee Apostolico.
MCHS assists: Abby Redferrin 2, Macy Smith 2, Grace Smith 1.
MCHS saves: Alexis Ford 4, Haley Porter 5.