Tigerettes keep rolling along

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Photos by Mike Inglsbee Marshall County's Patience Ferguson has control of the ball as she looks for a pass.

Marshall County overcame a slow start, then added two late goals Saturday afternoon to finish off a 3-0 victory against Lawrence County in a girls home soccer match.

The win was the fifth straight shutout for the Tigerettes (11-0, 4-0) and set up a showdown Tuesday at Giles County for first place in the district.

"We weren't at our sharpest today," said Coach Mark Redferrin, whose team is on a school-record winning streak to start the season. "The first half was worst than the second half, we got better in the second half. Great teams find a way to win even when they aren't playing their best. I never want our girls to quit playing and quit competing. They've had a couple games this year, including this one, where our hard work paid off."

Long wait ends

Grace Smith finally put the Tigerettes on the board after 17 scoreless minutes to open the match, but that was all they could muster in the first 40 minutes.

"It's really good for the offense that the defense is playing so well because it means we're keeping it upward," Smith said. "Plus, our goalie has done a great job shutting everyone out."

The Tigerettes defense continues to be amazing this season giving up just six goals in 11 games including five straight shutouts.

"We've had a lot of success on defense because we do a lot of talking and are good at switching," defender Taianda Hutton said. "When we start talking and switching it really helps. When we don't switch, things start to get out of control and people score on us."

Good cushion

Marshall County got a little breathing room four minutes into the second half when junior Summer Garrett scored to up the lead to 2-0.

"I think it's good for us to play a close game like this," Garrett said. "It makes us more competitive and we realize the further we get the harder it's going to be."

Grace Smith drills a clearing shot in the Tigerettes' 3-0 win versus Lawrence County.

Marshall County finally closed the door on any chance of a Lawrence County comeback with just 11 minutes left in the game when Smith scored her second goal of the game.

'Dogfight' ahead

The Tigerettes will now turn their attention to longtime rival Giles County in a match that likely will decide which team will gain the top seed heading into the district tournament.

"We've got our biggest game of the season Tuesday against Giles County," Redferrin said. "We really needed a game like this to mentally get us prepared and to teach us some things about our team. We have to win against Giles County to get first seed in the district and move toward our goal for the season. They're a very, very good team and we're expecting a dogfight and we'll be ready for it."

Added Smith: "We're going to have to work really, really hard to beat them, but I think we can do it."