The Owls' lone loss was at No. 5 singles, where junior Jacob Ringlen was defeated by junior Evan Woodward, 10-4. Otherwise, it was a long day for the Bulldogs (1-7, 0-4 NCMC).
Freshman Gerritt Murphy got his second win of the season in duals at No. 1 singles, holding off senior Jonah McKeown, 10-6, in the longest match of the first round of action. Junior Trent Clause (10-5), seniors Alan Magana (10-3) and Anthony Van (10-1), and junior Ryan Vereyken (10-3) all won to give Marshall a 5-1 lead.
The Owls pulled away during doubles, starting at No. 4 with a 10-6 victory for junior Quinten Failor and freshman John Hadley. Freshman Jude Staley and junior Raven White coasted to a 10-3 win at No. 5, with sophomore Juan Villalobo and junior Deeno Aguit posting a 10-7 decision at No. 6.
The double-backs went similarly, with the teams of Murphy-Clause (10-6) at No. 1 and Ringlen-Vereyken (10-7) at No. 3 having tough matches and the No. 2 combo of Magana-Van -- coming off a fifth-place showing Friday in the Smith-Cotton Tournament -- having it somewhat easier with a 10-2 win.
Marshall (8-2, 3-1) will have a non-conference match Wednesday at unbeaten Warrensburg.
JEFFERSON CITY -- The Marshall boys' golf team came in eighth out of 19 teams Monday at the power-packed Capital City Invitational.
The meet included the top three teams in last year's Class 4 state tournament, including champion Rock Bridge -- which finished third behind Rockhurst (304 points) of Kansas City and Francis Howell (311) of St. Charles. The Owls tallied 353 points, second among Class 3 teams in the field to Helias (344) -- which plays the Jefferson City Country Club course regularly --and one point ahead of NCMC rival Kirksville.
Junior Marc Plummer led Marshall with an 86 to tie for 32nd place, closely followed by junior Bryan Mach (87), freshman Cole Perkins (89) and junior Alex Maupin (91). Sophomore Brett Maupin's 103 didn't count toward the team score.
The Owls will compete Wednesday in the Class 3, District 7 Tournament at Adams Pointe in Blue Springs, where they finished second earlier this season in the Grain Valley Invitational and at last season's district meet.
"This is a course that we have seen several times through the past few years, so we know what is there," noted MHS coach Erek Dusenberry. "It's now time to perform or go home."
BOONVILLE -- Having found the mark three times over the weekend, the Marshall girls' soccer team is starting to score goals.
Unfortunately, the Lady Owls didn't get enough of them Monday during a 4-2 NCMC loss at Boonville. Senior Mackenzie Greis knocked in four shots, two in the final eight minutes, as the Lady Pirates broke the pattern of traded goals.
Greis got Boonville (7-5, 6-3 NCMC) on the board in the fourth minute, but senior Ariel Smith's header -- her first goal of the season -- evened the contest six minutes later. Greis knocked a kick off a goal post into the net to give the Lady Pirates a one-point halftime lead.
Marshall caught up on senior Allea Summers' team-high fourth goal nine minutes into the second half, but after 23 scoreless minutes Greis struck with the first of her two match-closing scores.
The Lady Owls (0-14, 0-9) enjoyed a slight 8-7 edge in shots on goal. They will be at home today for a non-conference match with Stover.