Tigerettes roll on senior night
Marshall County returned home after a record-setting victory at Cornersville to celebrate senior night with a 7-0 romp of Loretto in a girls soccer match before a boisterous home crowd.
The Tigerettes (8-0, 2-0) dominated in all aspects of the game to avenge a 1-0 loss last season against the Mustangs.
"We're a team first. All year, every game our message is team, team, team," Marshall Councy coach Mark Redferrin said. "One night a year it's all about some individuals and that's senior night. We love our seniors. We just want them to be successful and tonight was all about them."
Freshman phenom Patience Ferguson continued a recent scoring tear tallying her seventh goal in three games to put the Tigerettes up 1-0 just two minutes into the match.
Four minutes later, Abby Redferrin became the first senior Tigerette to make her mark on the scoreboard when she scored her eighth goal in the past four games.
Kaylee Apostolico tallied with 15 minutes left in the half for a 3-0 lead before super sophomore twins Macy and Grace Smith added a goal each in a two-minute span to push the lead to 5-0 at intermission.
The Tigerettes have outscored the opposition 48-6 in opening the season with a school-record eight wins. MCHS broke the old record of six with last week's win against Cornersville.
"We changed our formation this year," Lesley Hudson, a key defender said. "Instead of four in the back we have three and two defensive midfield so we have more offensive opportunity."
"The ball normally doesn't get back past our defensive mid and if it does, the three in the back do a really great job of transitioning it for them."
Senior night took an unexpected turn when star goalkeeper Alexis Ford was moved to an attacking position, which resulted in the senior's second goal of the seaosn and 6-0 lead off the second-half kickoff.
"We have a stronger bond this year than the past teams and it's really helped us," Ford thought. "It's been fun so far and really encouraging. We all put in a lot of hard work and dedication and it's coming to fruition."
Yesenia Eguia became the third senior to score for the Tigerettes when she netted a shot just nine minutes into the second half.
"I'm speechless," Eguia said. "I've been here all four years and we've never had a team like this. We've all grown really close and it helps us not only on the field but off the field as well. This is amazing. It's a great feeling to know I could do this on senior night."
The Tigerettes had many scoring opportunities the rest of the half but in a remarkable show of unselfishness the entire team came together to try and get the last senior (Madison Newberry) to score a goal to complete senior night with four goals by four seniors. Unfortunately, Newberry came extremely close several times but came up just inches from a goal.
"I'm blessed to have a team that supports me like that," Newberry said. "Whether I got a goal or not it's great to know they're behind me and cheering for me."
The Tigerettes visited Cascade on Thursday for a region game.
"I haven't coached a team that's stayed as focused on our goal as this team," Referrin said. "They have a mission this year and they're focused on it. It's really nice to see this consistency."
Hudson agreed with her coach.
"We keep our focus really strong," she said. "It doesn't matter who we're playing, it matters what we've been coached to do. Coach has done a really great job teaching us how to transition successfully from game to game."
Loretto at Marshall county
Score at Half: LHS-0, MCHS-5
Final: LHS-0, MCHS-7
MCHS goals: Abby Redferrin, Yesenia Eguia, Alexis Ford, Grace Smith, Macy Smith, Patience Ferguson, Kaylee Apostolico.
Assists: Redferrin, M. Smith, G. Smith.
Next: Thursday at Cascade