Tigers fall at home to Coffee County

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Marshall County coach Mark Redferrin gives his players a spirited pep talk during halftime of the Coffee County match on Thursday.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

Following a tough 5-3 loss against Tullahoma (1-1-0) in the season opener, the Marshall County boys soccer team once again welcomed a team from Coffee County in 3A Coffee County Central (2-0) on Thursday at Lewisburg.

The Tigers fell behind two goals early in the contest, but closed the gap to within one twice before eventually falling by a 4-2 score.

"Well, it's still early, this is our fifth game, two regular season and three preseason games but we struggled tonight to control the ball, to get control of our ball on the first touch and that's critical to being able to move the ball offensively and that was really a struggle all night," MCHS coach Mark Redferrin said. "We didn't have the intensity level that we needed in the first half.”

Marshall County and Coffee County battle for possession in front of the Tigers goal during the first half of the non-district match.

“We certainly picked that up in the second half, but we've just got a lot of things to clean up and get a little better at."

The Raiders wasted little time gaining control of the score with the first goal of the game coming just over a minute into the contest.

The Red Raiders extended the lead with another goal at the 16:47 mark for a 2-0 edge.

This time, the Tigers (0-2) responded rather quickly with a Jio Garcia goal just over a minute and a half later to bring the lead back down to 2-1.

"I got the ball and my teammates encouraged me to shoot," Garcia said. "I took the shot and was lucky enough that the shot got by. From there on we just tried to play our best game."

The two teams battled it out defensively for the remainder of the half and despite trailing the entire game, the Tigers went into the break within striking distance at 2-1.

The second half followed almost the same script.

The Raiders scored to push the lead back to two goals at 3-1, but the Tigers countered with an Edgar Garcia goal on the assist from Maurizio Munoz to trim the lead to 3-2.

"I saw the cross coming in and I knew I had to take my chance," Garcia said. "I saw the shot and I took it and the play had a great outcome."

The two teams went back and forth the rest of the second half before Coffee County pushed the lead back to two goals for good with 7:09 left in the game to hand the Tigers its second straight loss to start the season.

"I was pleased with how they responded in the second half," Redferrin said. "I'm not pleased with how we get started in games and have to dig ourselves out of holes. I'd like for us to come out and jump on teams early and at least keep it even if not be up."

The Tigers continue non-district play with a Tuesday matchup at Lincoln County before a home game Thursday night versus Richland.