Tigers lose close to Shelbyville
The Marshall County boys soccer team opened up the 2016 soccer season looking to accomplish something it had never done before-- beat Shelbyville Central in a soccer match.
The last three meetings have been close, with Marshall County (0-1) never falling by more than two goals and the Tigers hung tight with the Eagles (1-0) once again in Monday's season opener before falling 4-2 to the AAA team from Bedford County.
"Really pleased with all the guys' effort," MCHS coach Mark Redferrin said. "Working hard and having a good attitude out there on the field--I saw a lot of that tonight. I saw a lot of guys go in there and work their hardest and giving their all for their team. We just don't have the right fit, we're not gelling yet. But we'll get there."
The Tigers have a young squad with just three seniors, seven juniors, and a sophomore heavy 13 players, but it was a senior and a junior that kept the Tigers within striking distance in the first half.
After falling down early senior Marvin Jaimes and junior Julian Jones each scored a goal before the break to bring the score to 3-2, heading into the second half.
"Our team needed to establish what we wanted to do which was get space, make good decisions, work the ball and don't take too long with the ball," Jones said. "We wanted to see what we're made of this season."
The Tigers made some needed defensive adjustments and did not allow the Eagles to get anything going in the second half, but Shelbyville did much of the same, allowing Marshall County frequent offensive possessions but did not allow the home team to get close enough to the net to cut into the 3-2 lead.
"We made some adjustments at halftime," Redferrin said. "We weren't really getting the productivity we wanted offensively, we weren't getting possession. We didn't get that in the second half either. It's just hard playing from behind and when we spot them three goals that I don't feel they worked all that hard to get, then it's tough."
Fixes to make
The Tigers had a stroke of bad luck in the comeback attempt when with under 20 minutes left in the match Marshall County defensemen Erick Granados scored an own goal in the Eagles net while trying to clear the ball which led to the 4-2 final.
"In the beginning we were communicating more and getting rid of the ball quicker," Jaimes said. "In the second half we kind of got away from that but we'll fix that before the next game."
The Tigers travel to powerhouse CPA on March 22 for its first district game of the year.
"We have a very young team this year, we're still trying to find our 11 (players)," Redferrin said. "We're just trying to grow, we're trying to learn right now. We're mixing it up and putting a lot of different kids in a lot of different spot and just trying to find a group of kids that works well together."