Tigerettes learn important lessons in loss to Cascade

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Grace Smith gears up before attempting a corner kick for the Tigerettes in their 5-1 loss to Cascade Thursday night. Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Tigerettes looked to remain in the upper echelon of District 12 A/AA on Thursday night when the Champions of Cascade (2-3, 2-1) made the trip to Lewisburg, but after playing neck and neck with the visitors in the first half, Marshall County surrendered four second half goals and suffered just its second loss in six games, 5-1.

After starting out the season winless through its first four games including a district loss to Spring Hill, the Tigerettes (3-5-2, 1-2) managed wins over Cannon County, Wayne County, Webb School and a tie with Huntland with a loss to 3A Clarksville sandwiched in between but much like other losses early in the season Marshall County could not find enough shots to hang with the Champions hot streak in the second half.

Shooting a must

"It's plain and simple. You can't win games when you don't score goals and you can't score goals when you don't shoot," MCHS coach Mark Redferrin stated. "We didn't have enough shots on goal tonight. And again we just made some mistakes defensively that killed us. We can't continue to make the mistakes we're making and expect good results."

The Tigerettes have outscored their opponents 11-0 in its wins but have been outscored 19-3 in five losses.

"Our game plan was to get as many shots as possible, get the ball on our end as much as possible and we did that the best we could, we played the hardest we could tonight and that's what matters," sophomore Patience Ferguson, who scored the lone Tigerette goal of the night said. "We need to focus more. Mentally focus because most games we are pretty good physically and we compete, but just not mentally."

Senior Tai Hutton surveys the field before throwing the ball in play late in the second half.

Halftime change

The Tigerettes' back line of Summer Garrett, Tianda Hutton and Sarah Johnson held off the Champion attack for the majority of the first half, allowing just one goal during the first 40 minutes, but a new Cascade team emerged out of halftime and the onslaught started immediately with two goals within the first 18 minutes of the second half before Ferguson finally put the Tigerettes on the scoreboard at 3-1 with 20:35 remaining in the contest.

"They came out of halftime and they wanted to beat us, that was their goal," Ferguson said. "They're a really good soccer team."

The Champions continued its second half dominance with a goal at the 9:48 mark and a final score just two minutes later to head back home to Wartrace with an impressive 5-1 district win over a Tigerette squad struggling with consistency with the season winding down.

Mistakes' damage

"It wasn't (Cascade), it was us tonight," Redferrin said. "Anyone could have scored those four goals on us because we gave them four goals. I don't want to say that (Cascade) didn't earn them but those goals are a direct result of us making mistakes."

"So no, I'm not surprised at the outcome given the mistakes that we made," Redferrin added. "It's very frustrating because I never know which team is going to show up for a game. I think the big thing for us is striving to find good consistency."