Moberly clinches share of NCMC title
MOBERLY -- The Marshall boys' soccer team's bid to win back-to-back NCMC titles took a serious blow Tuesday.
Instead, Moberly clinched a share of the championship with a 5-0 home win over the Owls. Senior Derek Parsons came up with three saves for the Spartans, handing Marshall its sixth shutout of the season.
Moberly didn't score until the 23rd minute, senior J'von Spiller heading in a crossing pass from senior Mitch Long. Freshman Kristofer Samuels and junior Connor Armstrong found the net after the ball deflected to them to push the margin to 3-0 a minute into the second half.
Spiller converted a penalty kick and Long fired in a free kick as the Spartans increased their advantage a minute apart later in the period.
Moberly (17-4, 8-2 NCMC), which tied for third place in the league race a year ago, has beaten the Owls in two of three meetings this season -- including the finals of the Spartan Invitational. It can wrap up the undisputed title with a win Thursday at Mexico.
Senior Jorge "J.T." Tobar had two of Marshall's three shots on goal, with junior Francisco Rivera taking the other. The Owls (13-9, 8-3) close out the regular season at home Thursday against Kirksville.
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