The Owls won their first-round clash in the Class 1, District 8 Team Tournament on its home court, 5-0. It was the first-ever meeting between Marshall and the Trailblazers (2-13), who had three girls in their singles line-up.
Senior Anthony Van and junior Jacob Ringlen shut out their foes, 6-0, 6-0, senior Alan Magana lost only one game during a 6-1, 6-0 victory and juniors Trent Clause (6-2, 6-0) and Ryan Vereyken (6-0, 6-3) also won handily for the Owls.
Freshman No. 1 Gerritt Murphy was leading his match, having won the first set, 6-4, when Marshall got the five wins needed to clinch.
The second-seeded Owls (12-5) will be back in action today on the MHS courts for a semifinal contest against No. 3 seed Columbia Independent, which blanked Sacred Heart in its opener, 5-0.
ODESSA -- Junior J.W. McGraw allowed only five hits and drove in two runs Monday to pace Odessa during a 4-1 non-conference win over the Marshall baseball team.
The Bulldogs -- playing at home due to wet grounds on the MHS field -- scored in the bottom of the first inning when senior Colton Hilbrenner singled, stole second base and completed the circuit on a pair of grounders.
Senior Tanner Eastabrooks singled, advanced to second on an error and came in on freshman Cameron Hilbrenner's single in the Odessa second.
Senior Aaron Skinner drew a lead-off walk in the third, with a grounder and senior Jordan Pannell's single producing the Owls' lone run.
Singles by Colton Hilbrenner, senior Zac Shaw and McGraw -- along with an error -- produced two runs for the Bulldogs in the fifth.
Before then, Marshall had its chances to catch up. A walk and singles by seniors Tyler Hunt and Collin Porter loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, but a comebacker to McGraw on the mound resulted in a 1-2-3 double play and a roller to short stop stranded the remaining runner.
A walk and junior Henry Tietz' two-out single put runners on the corners in the Marshall fifth, but McGraw retired the next batter and six more in a row to finish the game.
Hilbrenner had three hits and scored two runs for Odessa (10-11).
The Owls (12-9) have been held to three or fewer runs in six of the last 10 games, all of them losses. They resume a suspended NCMC contest against Fulton at home today, trailing 7-1 in the fifth inning.
Moberly had already clinched its fifth straight NCMC girls' soccer title before it even stepped on the pitch at Marshall on Monday.
The issue for the Lady Spartans was whether they could extend their league win streak, which they did -- to 49 straight matches -- with a 5-0 victory. Moberly ran the table on the conference for the fourth year in a row, having not lost since dropping a 1-0 decision to the Lady Owls on May 2, 2008.
The Lady Spartans scored four first-half goals. Seniors Lindsey Boyer and Kelly Ross -- her 34th goal of the season and school record 133rd in her career -- and junior Taylor Fusselman connected from outside the box and freshman McCayla Yates struck from inside.
Junior Elaina Sells got a short-range goal for Moberly (16-5-1, 12-0 NCMC) in the second half.
Marshall was limited to two shots on goal, from senior Allea Summers and junior Jenny Najera, while junior goalkeeper Ellen Woolsey came up with eight saves.
The Lady Owls (2-16, 0-11) will play a make-up date Wednesday at Chillicothe.