Tigers battle to draw at Cascade

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Sophomore scoring leader Erick Granados puts a move on a Champion defender during the first half of the Tigers match at Cascade.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Two red hot soccer teams met on a chilly, windy Spring night as Marshall County traveled to Cascade for a game that decided fourth place in District 12 A/AA.

The Tigers, winners of six-of-seven games, including an upset win over third place Nolensville on Friday, met a Champions team that had won three games in a row.

The Tigers held a 1-0 lead for the majority of the contest and dominated shots on goal, but couldn't add to its lead before the Champions tied the game with less than 10 minutes left in the second half to garner a 1-1 draw.

The Tigers (9-5-1) hold the tie-breaker over the Cascade (9-3-1) and have home field advantage for the opening round of the district tournament in which the two district rivals will meet again on Thursday at Lewisburg.

"I'm happy that we get to play at home Thursday because I wasn't happy at all with the way we played," MCHS Mike Hollingsworth said. "We dominated the game on our half of the field."

"And to come away with one goal, that's not acceptable," Hollingsworth added. "Especially with the way we've played lately, not acceptable. We've got to be better Thursday."

The Tigers average six goals per game during its last six wins and showed no signs of letting up as Julian Jones scored the first goal of the contest six minutes into the match.

Deon Ford and a Champion defender race to gain control of the ball in the Tigers’ 1-1 tie at Cascade Monday night.

But the Tigers would run into trouble scoring for the rest of the contest as Deon Ford and Erick Granados each came within inches of a goal, but to no avail.

Just when the Tigers looked read to escape Bell Buckle with the one-goal win, the Champions scored with at the 9:36 mark to tie the game.

"We messed up here in the middle," Hollingsworth said. "We didn't get the ball out and then they got behind us. I'm not worried about what happened by the goal. We blew it right here when we didn't get the ball out and that's where their run started."

Despite the loss, the Tigers have won the most regular season games since the 2011 campaign and go into the post season with a ton of confidence.