Tigerettes handed loss

Friday, October 2, 2015
Marshall County's Grace Smith had the only goal in the Tigerettes' 2-1 loss at Unionville Tuesday. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Marshall County Tigerettes traveled to Unionville for its second away match in consecutive nights (Cannon County on Monday) and were looking to avenge a preseason loss to the Viqueens in front of a rowdy home crowd on a dreary night in Bedford County.

Despite a valiant effort to overcome an early 2-0 lead by the Viqueens (4-3-4) the Tigerettes (12-2, 3-1) could not muster the strength to finish the comeback losing 2-1 for only the second time this season.

Not ready

Macey Smith controls the ball, looking to pass to one of her Tigerette teammates.

"We weren't mentally prepared for this team tonight," coach Mark Redferrin said. "They played better than us. We weren't very precise and we didn't handle to pace of the game very well. We were just outplayed tonight plain and simple."

The Tigerettes ran into a Community squad that had only allowed 15 goals entering the contest and deployed an extremely physical style that threw the visitors off its game in the early going.

We haven't really played a real physical team like that and their crowd was really feeding off of it," junior Lesley Hudson said." We definitely learned a lesson to play the game and stay strong no matter what the other team gives us. We need to keep our mindset on the game and not let them get under our skin."

Sudden change

The usually high scoring Tigerettes were blanked in the first half and the usually dominant defense allowed more than one goal for just the 2nd time all season.

"We probably should've responded rougher but we try to keep our heads cool," Grace Smith said. "We didn't come out very focused and we weren't passing the ball together. We should've won this game but we just didn't play well enough to start off."

A more energized Marshall County team to took the field in the 2nd half matching the Viqueens physical play and started showing signs of life on the offensive end.

Just four minutes into the half a streaking Grace Smith took a pass from Abbey Redferrin and nailed the first Tigerette goal of the game.

Good move

"Abby saw an open opportunity and gave me a great pass," Smith reflected. "I got the pass and it was a wide open shot. so I took it."

The Smith goal would prove to be the only goal for the Tigerettes in the game allowing the home team to narrowly escape with the win.

"Our biggest problem tonight was keeping the ball on our feet too long," coach Redferrin thought. "We don't play the style of play that that team plays. We fed into their style of play and didn't play our own game."