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Owls win NCMC match in shoot-out

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sophomore Isai Trujillo was one of four Owls to find the net during a shoot-out for a 2-1 NCMC win over Boonville.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
The Marshall boys' soccer team's NCMC home match Tuesday against Boonville was so tight, even the shoot-out went to overtime.

Junior Kevin Morales stuck the ball in the net as the sixth man in the shoot-out line-up, after the Pirates missed on their first extra turn.

The Owls scored in the second minute of the match, with senior Ben Valencia getting his team-high eighth goal of the season on a penalty kick, but were then shut out for the remainder of the 80-minute regulation time and two 10-minute overtime periods.

That was a herculean feat by Boonville junior goalkeeper Nathan Green, who came up with 12 saves -- seven on second-half attempts by sophomore Isai Trujillo -- to keep his team in contention. The Pirates tied the match with 11 minutes remaining in regulation on a breakaway by sophomore Tyler Drew.

Each team made three kicks during the shoot-out. Valencia, Trujillo and senior Wilber Palma scored for the Owls, while seniors Josh Vollmer and Eric Warren and sophomore Nolan Shikles connected for Boonville (1-4, 0-3 NCMC).

Marshall (3-3, 2-1) will be at home Friday to take on Hannibal.

Girls' Tennis: Marshall 6, Helias 3

The Marshall girls' tennis team remained undefeated Tuesday with a 6-3 non-conference decision over visiting Helias.

The Lady Owls won four singles matches behind senior Stephanie Markes (10-3) and juniors Payton Beeler (10-5), Amanda Harrelson (10-7) and Idalia Aguilar (10-4). The Lady Crusaders (2-3) got their victories from freshman No. 1 Ashley Dowden (10-3) and junior No. 3 Casey Clogston (10-7).

"Helias tested us at many positions," noted MHS head coach Susan Carney. "This will make us stronger and build up our stamina."

Dowden and sophomore Becca Shelton won the No. 1 doubles tilt, 10-7, but Marshall came back with wins by freshman Taylor Crawford and Beeler at No. 2 (10-5) and Aguilar and senior Sam Huston at No. 3 (10-6).

"We're playing well, but we're young and have so much room to get better," Carney said about her 8-0 Lady Owls, who will host the annual Marshall Tournament on Saturday.

Boys' Swimming: Corkill earns two medals

INDEPENDENCE -- Marshall freshman Jesse Corkill medaled in two events during his first varsity swim meet Saturday.

Corkill finished 10th out of 51 entries in the 50-yard freestyle (24.29) seconds and 12th out of 36 in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.51) at the Independence Invitational.

The Owls also got a nice showing from sophomore Wathal Kays, who cut 3.69 seconds from his best time of a year ago in the 50 free (24.29) and 4.62 seconds off his personal record in the 100 free (1:02.60).

With junior Ben Corkill and freshman Seth Layton joining the other two, Marshall placed 18th in both the 200 medley relay (2:24.50) and 200 free relay (2:07.31).

The Owls will return to the metro area Saturday for the Park Hill Invitational.

Volleyball: Grain Valley 2, Marshall 0

GRAIN VALLEY -- The Marshall volleyball team battled unbeaten Grain Valley past the limit Tuesday, but didn't have much left over for the second set during a 28-26, 25-8 non-conference road loss.

The Lady Owls were limited to 10 kills, half their per-game average, with freshman Abbie Lemmons leading the team with four.

Sophomore Olivia Haug had six of Marshall's 16 digs and junior Karson Heying knocked down two shots and blocked a pair. Sophomore Allie Lemmons cleanly received 17 of 18 serves which came her way.

The Lady Eagles (4-0) allowed only one ace, by junior Analee Tucker.

The Lady Owls (3-6-1) will be at home Thursday to face Carrollton.

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