MHS soccer: Moberly again nips Owls
The Moberly and Marshall boys' soccer teams added another chapter to their historic rivalry Tuesday.
Actually, it was more an addendum to the previous two editions of the current season, which also saw the Spartans claim one-goal victories -- this one a double-overtime 1-0 decision on the Owls' pitch.
The win secured Moberly at least a share of the NCMC title. Marshall can split the crown if it can beat Hannibal during Thursday's home match in the regular season finale, although the Spartans will certainly have bragging rights by sweeping three matches -- one for the Moberly Tournament championship, a 2-1 clash decided by penalty kicks on Sept. 18, and then a 1-0 win at home less than two weeks later.
This one couldn't have been more even, both teams getting off 11 on-target shots before sophomore Alexander Roberts headed in the "golden goal" six minutes into the second extra frame.
Senior Alex Tapia and junior Omar Farfan each had two shots stopped by junior goalkeeper Caleb Marquis during the first half, when the Owls held a 6-3 attack advantage. After the break, Roberts unloaded three attempts before connecting.
It was a rough contest, with five yellow cards issued and the Spartans (19-5, 10-2 NCMC) playing down a man at the end due to an ejection.
The outcome didn't effect the seeding for the Class 2, District 7 Tournament, which begins Saturday at Moberly. Defending champion Helias is the favorite, with the Spartans at No. 2 and Marshall (17-4, 9-2) seeded third -- giving the Owls a first-round meeting against Kirksville.