Marietta Girls claim 3-1 win over Warren | News, Sports, Jobs
VINCENT – After a lackluster performance in the first half, Marietta Women’s Soccer Team controlled possession for the final 40 minutes.
Perhaps the gist of the half-time talk given by Tiger’s coaching staff to their players should also be discussed during the pre-game.
Thursday night at Warren High School, Marietta erased a one-goal deficit at intermission and scored three unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes to defeat the Warriors 3-1.
“At half-time all the coaches had better ideas of what we could do in the second half,” Marietta coach Bill Mannix after the Tigers improved to 4-1. “The girls realized they didn’t play to their standards in the first half. They decided to pick up the pace considerably in the second half and that’s what they were able to do.
Warren senior Payton Alloway was the lone scorer in the first half after converting a pass delivered by Sophie Cochran. Alloway had another opportunity to score from close range when she was unable to convert a penalty saved by Marietta keeper Leigha Lauer with 7:41 remaining in regulation and keep the game at 1.
The Warriors couldn’t extend their winning streak to three and fell to 4-3.
“We played much better in the first half than in the second half” said Warren’s trainer Andrew Pinkerton. “I think we let our stress levels get too high and played too tight to be able to work the ball together like we usually do.
“If we could have converted the penalty it would have been a huge change of momentum for us, especially because we weren’t passing the ball very well. The keeper did a great job of picking the right angle on Payton’s shot “Payton scored our first goal and will probably score close to 20 goals for the regular season. She’ll make up for it. She’s a strong kid.”
Marietta senior Katie Mannix put Marietta on the right foot with the team’s first goal in the second half. At 30:14, she launched her shot from around 20 yards to tie the game at 1.
Warren played with his back to the net for the majority of the second half, and the Tigers finally capitalized for the second time when Izzy Riggs headed in a rebound on a missed shot, which came from the corner kick. of her teammate Katelyn Schenkel with 6:31 showing on the clock.
Unable to find the equalizer, Warren allowed a third goal in the final minute. With a defender draped over her, Riley Medley dribbled to the goal line and sent a cross pass to Schenkel for the shot into the middle of the net in the 38th second.
Schenkel suffered a torn ACL and meniscus 14 months ago. She wears a protective brace during games, but said rehab was over. The mental side of the injury was the hardest part of the recovery process.
“Rehab was more of a mental battle than a physical battle,” Schenkel said. “Deep down, I just wanted to be as good as I was. It’s such a good feeling to know that you’re finally here after all that hard work.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to be back. These girls are my family and it’s such a cool experience to be with them.
On the other hand, Warren’s season has been plagued with injuries. Across seven matches, six different players suffered injuries, including two members who could miss the rest of the season.
“We’ve basically had six different starting line-ups this season, so the girls really haven’t had a chance to mix and play in the same line-ups,” said Pinkerton. “We were missing two starters tonight. It’s one of those things, it changes the dynamic a bit. It is what it is and we need the next person to step in. We fought hard – we just put ourselves in more damaging situations at the end of the game.
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