Marshall fourth at Spartan Invitational
MOBERLY -- There were no more stretch-run heroics for the Marshall boys' soccer team Saturday at the Spartan Invitational in Moberly.
The Owls, who out-scored opponents 14-0 in taking the title a year ago, were blanked in both matches. Top-seeded Helias won the semifinal contest, 7-0 -- the most goals given up by Marshall since dropping a 7-1 contest to Blue Springs South in 2001 and the largest margin since Smithton's 7-0 romp over the Owls in '99.
That was to be expected, considering the Crusaders won their two other tournament outings by 10-0 scores, including the championship match against Moberly. In the third-place tilt, Hannibal got the same 2-0 decision it had posted over Marshall earlier this season.
Seniors Eddie Mulholland and Justin Remmert each scored two goals for Helias (6-0), which opened up a 4-0 halftime lead. Sophomore Drew Wilde and seniors Mark Cowley and Curt Bruemmer also tallied for the Crusaders.
With all-state junior sweeper Julio Reyes again out of the lineup, senior Cristian Barceņas was moved out of the net to help shore up the back line. Freshman Michael Sartor got the call between the posts and came up with eight saves.
The Owls had a stronger defensive effort against Hannibal, which got goals from junior Chris Stumpe and senior Jonathan Humphreys in the first half. The Pirates (4-6), playing their fourth match in three days, were limited to six shots on goal.
Marshall only put five attempts on the net during the two games. Senior Douglas Hernandez, junior Myles Yokeley and freshman Matt Pace were named to the all-tourney team.
The Owls (4-6) will be back home Tuesday for an NCMC clash against Fulton.