Tigerettes fall to Raiders in district playoff preview
The Tigerettes traveled to Spring Hill on Monday for their regular season finale in a preview against the same team it will meet in the 1st round of the District 12-A/AA Tournament on Thursday night.
Marshall County (12-3, 3-2) played almost evenly throughout the match before giving up three late goals to fall to the Raiders (6-5, 3-3) 4-0 dropping two games in a row for the first time all season.
After starting a school record 10-0 this season the Tigerettes have now lost 3 of its last 5 games to end the regular season.
"I'm never happy about a loss but I'm extremely proud of our girls," Coach Mark Redferrin stated. "For the most part we played three quarters of the game right down the line on the game plan. We just kind of lost it in the last twenty minutes and good teams punish you when you make mistakes and Spring Hill is a really good team. But I was really encouraged with what I saw out there tonight."
The Tigerettes started the game out with its trademark suffocating defense before allowing a single first half goal on a head shot by a Spring Hill player."
Marshall County continued it's defensive prowess midway through the second half before the wall came down on the Tigerettes.
The Raiders scored three goals within a fifteen-minute span to put any comeback thoughts out of reach for the Tigerettes.
"I just think we lost our focus." freshman Patience Ferguson said afterwards. "We did good physically we just lost our focus towards the end. I think we will fix that when we play them again. We'll be ready for them."
The Tigerettes can find solace knowing that the rematch will take place in Lewisburg, a place where the home team has yet to experience defeat posting a 8-0 record on their field while giving up just five goals through the entire season.
"Our home crowd is crazy, it's going to be nuts," Coach Redferrin said. "The girls thrive off that. There is a reason teams struggle against us at home and it's because the environment we've created this year up in the stands and our community has been absolutely phenomenal this year. I think we are going to have a massive, huge crowd and it's definitely going to be to our advantage."
The Tigerettes will have just two days to prepare for the rematch but Ferguson thinks there might be an advantage to playing the Raiders again so soon.
"We're going to come up with some strategies because we saw them play tonight and we know what they're about," she said. "We will have more people there to support us and that pushes us a little bit more. We don't want to let our place down."
"The big thing is we are going to heal our bodies," Coach Redferrin says about the two days rest. "It's so late in the season the only thing we're going to work on is the mental side of the game. How do we scheme against this team? That's what we work on. It's going to be really difficult because they're a really good soccer team. But I have full confidence in our team. I think we can get it done Thursday night if we've got the right game plan and we execute it."
The game will start at 6pm on Thursday night.