Lady Patriots blank Tigerettes

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin gives his players a pep talk after falling behind 3-0 after one half of play at Page on Thursday.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Despite competing in the same district for over a decade the Tigerettes and Page have not met in a regular season or tournament match since losing to the Patriots 8-0 in the 2012 district tournament.

In fact, the last time Marshall County (0-3,0-2) even managed a goal versus Page (2-3, 2-0) was during a 5-1 regular season loss during the 2010 regular season and MCHS has been outscored 51-1 in the past decade against the Patriots before Thursday night’s matchup in Rudderville.

And with four starters missing from the lineup, Thursday night’s matchup would prove to be another uphill climb for the third game in a row.

Tigerette co-captain Macy Smith clears a shot downfield during the first half of a District 11-AA matchup at Page.

Unfortunately, the longtime Williamson County rival's dominance continued for at least one more season as the Patriots cruised to an easy 9-0 win that was called with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

"We have a lot of people trying out new positions," Tigerette co-captain Macy Smith offered. "I think we just need to work together as a team. Get some teamwork going on."

The Tigerettes have been outscored 19-1 during a season opening three-game losing streak.

Much like the previous two Marshall County contests in which the Tigerettes led or stayed close the majority of the first half, Thursday offered much of the same as the two squads remained scoreless through the first 15 minutes.

And just like the season opening loss against Tullahoma, when that first goal finally made its way through the net, the floodgates opened and the bottom fell out for the Tigerettes.

During a brief four minute span starting at the 25th minute of the first half and lasting until the 21st, the Patriots scored three goals to go up 3-0.

After the brief but costly Marshall County defensive slipup, the Tigerettes once again dug deep and refused to let the Patriots high octane offense to inflict anymore damage for the final 20 minutes of the opening round and went into the half down 3-0.

The second half was a different story.

The Patriots scored the first goal of the final period just over three minutes into the half and notched another a mere two minutes later as the lead swelled to 5-0.

The onslaught continued with goals at the 29 and 40 minute marks for the 7-0 lead before the Tigerettes emptied its already short bench and waved the white flag.

The Patriots subs tacked on two more goals with the second coming with just under 10 minutes remaining, forcing the referees to call the game.

"Obviously, we need more connections up front," Smith stated. "We need to learn how to make runs more and control the ball in the middle so we can get the ball to the outside."

"We just need to get more shots," Smith added. "That's the main thing. We've been working on shooting a whole lot, but we need that to translate into games."

The Tigerettes finally broke into the win column with a 4-0 win over Zion Christian on Saturday and take the field on Thursday at new district opponent Lawrence County on Thursday.