Owls hand Mexico first loss

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Senior Giovanny Sandoval and the Owls' defense limited Mexico to four shots on goal during a 6-1 NCMC victory. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

The Mexico boys' soccer team had gotten off to a fast start to the season, rolling past three opponents by a combined 20-4 margin.

That surge ended Tuesday with a 6-1 NCMC loss at Marshall, its 14th straight win over the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 NCMC), who opened the match with a goal by sophomore Diego Vasquez in the sixth minute.

It took 22 minutes for the Owls to respond, with senior Eric Herrera heading in a corner kick. Seconds before the first half ended, Marshall went ahead on a shot by sophomore Marlon Linares off a pass from sophomore Isaac Salmeron.

The Owls only added to their lead after the break, with sophomore Hector Garcia converting a penalty kick 13 minutes into the period. Senior Marcos Rodriguez fed junior Steve Escalante for his third goal of the season, junior Gabe Myers got his first career goal on a penalty kick and junior Miguel Velasquez also notched his first score, assisted by Escalante.

Marshall (2-0, 2-0) out-shot the visitors, 23-4. The Owls host Warrensburg for a non-conference match Wednesday.

Girls' Golf

MOBERLY -- Junior Hannah Hartwig led the way for the Marshall girls' golf team's victory Tuesday during the Moberly Triangular.

Hartwig shot par on three holes and bogeyed three others on the Heritage Hills Country Club course for a 10-over-par 35, 10 strokes better than she shot the front nine during her medal-winning performance a year ago in the NCMC Tournament.

Freshman Leah Weaver had Marshall's second-lowest score with a 54, senior Mackenzi Mills beat her score last year on the course by 13 strokes with 57 and junior Brylee Dierking rounded out the team total with a 58. The Lady Owls tallied 214 points to best Moberly (221 points) and Glasgow (234).

Marshall (3-1) will compete in its first 18-hole event Friday at the Boonville Tournament.

Volleyball

HUGHESVILLE -- Senior Josey Burton paced the Santa Fe volleyball team to its fourth win of the season Tuesday, a 25-7, 25-19 non-conference decision at Northwest of Hughesville.

Burton knocked down seven of 15 shots, came up with four digs and three blocks, and served up three aces. Freshman Bella Limback also made a mark for Santa Fe with four kills, four saves and four blocks.

Santa Fe laid 11 aces in on the Lady Mustangs (1-2), six from all-state junior Carrigan Smith. Senior Katarina Langan provided assists on 13 of the team's 17 kills and freshman Taylor Boothe pulled up six digs.

The Lady Chiefs (4-0) will host Higginsville on Thursday.

Softball

STURGEON -- Sophomore Sam Wilson fired a two-hit shutout, striking out seven, as Sturgeon notched a 15-0, four-inning CAC victory over the visiting Slater softball team.

The Lady Bulldogs scored six runs in both the second and third innings. Junior Erin Mills and sophomore Taylor Harris both smacked two-run singles in the second and senior Katie Calvert's three-run double was the big blow in the third.

Senior Emma Bright scored four runs in as many plate appearances for Sturgeon (3-3, 1-0 CAC).

Senior Kayleigh Shroyer and freshman Amaya Cortez both singled for the Lady Wildcats (0-3, 0-2), who head to Hardin-Central on Thursday.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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