'Golden goal' lifts Owls to victory
It took 85 minutes, but the Marshall boys' soccer team posted its third straight win Thursday with a 2-1 overtime decision on its home pitch against NCMC foe Kirksville.
A pass by junior Ben Valencia set up sophomore Billy Najera for the Owls' "golden goal" in the fifth minute of the extra period. Valencia had earlier assisted senior Alan Magana's go-ahead goal in the final minute of the first half.
Marshall led until junior Nathaniel Kennare connected for the Tigers (2-10, 0-5 NCMC) 14 minutes into the second period.
The Owls held a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal, with junior Isaac Phillips making four saves. Valencia led the team with three attempts on the net.
Marshall (3-4, 2-2) heads to Springfield on Saturday to play in the Greenwood Invitational.
Girls' Tennis: Marshall 12, Fulton 0
FULTON -- The Marshall girls' tennis team completed its sweep of six NCMC dual matches, five being shutout victories, with a 12-0 win Thursday at Fulton.
Senior Amy Van and freshman Molly Evans won their singles matches by 10-0 scores, with seniors Haley Evans (10-3), Skylar Simpson (10-3) and Allea Summers (10-1) -- along with junior Stephanie Markes (10-1) -- completing the singles whitewash.
The Lady Owls also got doubleback wins from Haley Evans and Simpson at No. 1 (10-2), Van and Summers at No. 2 (10-2) and Markes and Molly Evans at No. 3 (10-0).
The Lady Hornets (3-8, 2-2 NCMC) were also topped in the next set of doubles, with Marshall's wins coming from sophomore Payton Beeler and junior Sam Huston at No. 4 (10-2), sophomore Amanda Harrelson and senior Megan Hager at No. 5 (10-2) and sophomore Idalia Aguilar and senior Gisel Alvarez at No. 6 (10-4).
The Lady Owls (14-0, 6-0) will play a non-conference match Tuesday at Jefferson City.
Volleyball: Boonville 2, Marshall 1
BOONVILLE -- The Marshall volleyball team started off strong, winning the first game, but Boonville took control Thursday for a 21-25, 25-12, 25-14 NCMC home win.
The Lady Owls knocked down 20 shots, senior Abby Hartley and sophomore Analee Tucker combining for 11 kills, and came up with 49 digs -- 12 by Tucker and 11 from senior Ariel Smith. They also had a season-high seven blocks, three by sophomore Karson Heying.
However, the overall play of junior Bailey Pfeiffer -- with 11 kills, 13 digs, eight assists and four aces -- was a big plus for the Lady Pirates (6-4, 2-2 NCMC).
Junior Jasmine Tapia came up with nine saves and junior Rachel Brown added four spikes for Marshall.
The Lady Owls (3-9-1, 1-4) will be in Sedalia on Saturday for the Smith-Cotton Tournament.
Softball: Kirksville 11, Marshall 0
KIRKSVILLE -- Senior Macy Rogers fired a two-hit shutout during her final home game Thursday to lead Kirksville to an 11-0 NCMC win over the Marshall softball team.
Senior Kelsey Jacques and Rogers each had RBI doubles for the Lady Tigers in the first inning and Rogers added a two-run two-bagger in the second for a 7-0 lead.
Junior Kendyl Blanke led off the third frame with a homer, with Kirksville (11-3, 9-2 NCMC) scoring twice more on passed balls. Rogers stroked her third double of the game to begin the fourth, coming in on senior Katie Potter's single.
Rogers struck out eight while blanking the Lady Owls for the second time this season, having tossed a no-hitter during a 18-0, four-inning victory earlier.
Marshall got singles from senior Macy Neff in the third and junior Jessica Johnson in the fourth. The Lady Owls (2-13, 0-10) play Monday at Hannibal.
Girls' Golf: Hickman at Marshall
The Marshall girls' golf team hosted Hickman to close out its dual campaign Thursday.
The Lady Kewpies shot 191 as a team, with junior Patricia DeCastro having the low score at seven-over-par 43.
Both of the Lady Owls finished close together, junior Stephanie Davidson at 64 and sophomore Lindsey Sullivan 65, each with a pair of double bogeys for their best holes.
Marshall will compete next in the Class 1, District 5 Tournament, set for Wednesday at Smithville.