Owls hammer NCMC rival Moberly, 10-0

Friday, August 26, 2016
Senior Taylor Bellamy (1) had 11 kills and junior Anna Hartley (5) provided eight assists, but the Lady Owls couldn't put away Fulton. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

The Marshall and Moberly boys have had many a wild contest during the previous 20 years of NCMC soccer competition.

None of those 53 meetings, however, failed to last at least the regulation 90 minutes -- until Wednesday, when the Owls laid a 10-0 whipping on the visitors. The match was stopped after 55 minutes on the "mercy rule."

Marshall managed only three goals in three matches last weekend, opening the Smith-Cotton Tournament with its first victory over the host team since 2003, 1-0. The Owls made up for lost offensive ground in their home debut as all-conference senior forward Diego Umana scored five times.

Umana got it started with an unassisted goal in the fifth minute, then struck twice more off of passes from seniors Julio Tinoco and Walter Montejo. An "own" goal midway through the period began a nine-minute stretch of dominance which saw the Owls tally five goals.

Montejo found the net and Umana converted a feed from Tinoco. Two Marshall rookies got their first career goals within a minute of each other, junior Carlos Galindo assisted by sophomore Eric Herrera and freshman Cyrus Laxson hitting the mark after receiving a feed from freshman Steve Escalante, for an 8-0 halftime lead.

The Owls didn't waste time finishing off the Spartans (0-2, 0-1 NCMC). Montejo set up Umana for his fifth goal in the third minute and put a sudden end to the match with a shot in the 10th minute.

Junior Omar Tinoco made two saves for his third shutout of the season.

Marshall (2-1-1, 1-0) returns to action Friday with a non-conference contest at Class 1 power St. Paul.

Girls' Tennis: Marshall 9, Chillicothe 0

The Marshall girls' tennis made it three straight shutouts to begin the season with Thursday's 9-0 non-conference home win over Chillicothe.

The Lady Owls out-scored the visitors by a total of 90-10, with 10-0 scores posted by senior Charlotte Lines at No. 2 singles and the No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Maggie Sherman and Elizabeth Pomerenke.

Seniors Elizabeth Pomerenke and Jani Tobin, along with Hannah Pomerenke, won their singles matches by 10-1 counts. Rounding out singles, Sherman took a 10-2 decision and freshman Carlie Aldredge claimed a 10-3 victory.

Also dialing up 10-1 victories were the doubles teams of Elizabeth Pomerenke and Lines at No. 1 and Aldredge and Tobin at No. 2.

It was Marshall's 12th straight win over the Lady Hornets (1-2) in their annual series.

The Lady Owls will be at home Tuesday for an NCMC tilt with Moberly.

Volleyball: Fulton 2, Marshall 1

The Marshall volleyball team let one get away Thursday during its home opener against Fulton.

After winning the first set, 25-21, the Lady Owls twice were within two points of winning the NCMC contest. However, the Lady Hornets (2-0, 1-0 NCMC) closed both sets with three-point runs to pull out narrow 25-23 decisions.

Senior Taylor Bellamy knocked down 11 shots, pulled up three, made three blocks and served a pair of aces to pace Marshall -- which despite committing nine attack errors posted a fine .363 attack percentage. The Lady Owls also gave away points with 13 serve-receive errors and 15 mistakes on digs.

Sophomore Kassidy Heying provided six kills, eight digs and two blocks; junior Anna Hartley came up with five saves, provided eight assists and knocked in two aces; and freshman Sky Cabrera contributed seven assists and three aces for the Lady Owls.

Marshall (1-1, 1-1) will visit Hannibal on Saturday.

Softball: Fulton 5, Marshall 2

FULTON -- Fulton scored five unanswered runs to come back from an early deficit for a 5-2 NCMC win over the visiting Marshall softball team.

The Lady Owls inflicted the first damage with junior Taylor Crawford's two-run homer in the top of the first inning, but freshman Taylor Kettle was able to blank them the rest of the way -- stranding 12 runners on base.

The Lady Hornets (1-2, 1-0 NCMC) tied the contest in the bottom of the first with two-out singles from senior Hannah Sparks and sophomore Meadow Lungstrum. Sophomore Hayden Trowbridge gave Fulton the lead in the second, tripling in a run and scoring on junior Emma Abbott's single.

Sparks scored on a squeeze bunt in the third, with sophomore Hannah Marshall tossing three shutout innings to close the game for Marshall.

The Lady Owls threatened in the top of the seventh, with singles by junior Rileigh Massey, Crawford and senior Tiara Tindell to begin the frame. However, a runner was thrown out at the plate and the next two batters couldn't push the ball past the rubber.

Marshall (2-3, 0-2) will head to Hannibal for a league clash Saturday.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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