Owls split pair of non-conference matches
Defending NCMC boys' soccer champion Marshall have out-scored two league opponents 14-1, but non-conference foes have been more of a problem this season.
The Owls picked up a hard-fought 3-2 win Wednesday at Warrensburg, but were blanked at home the next day by Smith-Cotton, 6-0.
Marshall got on the scoreboard four minutes into the road match against the Tigers, junior Ramon Santos heading in a corner kick from junior Isaac Salmeron. That margin held up almost 40 minutes, when senior Tyler Adams leveled the contest for Warrensburg (2-2).
The teams traded goals the rest of the way, with sophomore Omar Torres feeding junior Hector Garcia for a blast into the net to put the Owls in front -- only to see senior Ryan Russell get the equalizer with two minutes of the match.
Marshall emerged with the win when senior Steve Escalante connected from the outside during the closing seconds. Junior Alex Vasquez made six saves for the Owls -- who took 22 total shots, but only put four within the frame.
They surely would have liked some of those attacks Thursday against Smith-Cotton, which allowed only three shots on goal -- all handled by junior Wesley Morrison.
The Tigers got four goals from junior Jacob Ideran, two during the first half. Along with junior Austyn Wenner's score, Smith-Cotton (5-1) took a 3-0 lead into the break. Ideran made the first two goals of the second period and sophomore Sam Cash capped the scoring.
Marshall (3-3) has dropped four straight matches against the Tigers, having last beat them in the 2016 season opener. The Owls host NCMC rival Fulton on Tuesday.
Girls' Tennis: Lady Owls win two
The Marshall girls' tennis team was bound to give up a set this season, and the string of four 9-0 matches ended Wednesday at home against one of mid-Missouri's big schools.
The Lady Owls still won, but had their toughest test to-date during the 6-3 contest. They lost for the first time at No. 1 doubles, where senior Carlie Aldredge was paired for the first time with junior Maricela Cruz and fell 10-6 to sophomore Mirra Manolov and junior Christina Hua.
Manolov would beat Aldredge at No. 1 singles, too, 10-1, and the Kewpies (4-4) would also win at No. 3 singles, where senior Jamie Barta nipped senior K.K. Elfrink, 10-8.
Another close contest was at No. 2 singles, with senior Hannah Pomerenke getting an 11-10 (8-6) decision for Marshall over Hua. Pomerenke and Elfrink paired up at No. 2 doubles for a 10-4 victory.
Sophomore Karsyn King and junior Lakeshia Thomas got through the match unscathed, winning a 10-3 doubles tilt. King (10-3) and Thomas (10-4) didn't have any issues in singles.
The Lady Owls were back in the whitewash business Thursday with a 9-0 non-conference win over visiting Boonville.
Marshall went back to its regular doubles line-up to sweep behind Aldredge-Pomerenke (10-3), Elfrink-Cruz (10-2) and King-Thomas (10-2). Aldredge had the hardest match in singles, beating senior Abigail Grizzle of the Lady Pirates (3-2) by a 10-3 count. Pomerenke and King had 10-0 victories and Elfrink, Cruz and Thomas were 10-1 winners.
The Lady Owls (6-0) get their first taste of bracket play, against the strongest opposition they've seen, Friday in the Barstow Tournament at Kansas City.
Softball: Smith-Cotton 15, Marshall 7
Defenses were kept busy on the Marshall softball field Thursday, with Smith-Cotton out-slugging the Lady Owls, 15-7, during a non-conference game.
The Lady Tigers set the tone with the first batter as senior Taylor Ditzfeld homered. An error, walk, single by freshman Paris Hammer and senior Karlee Schlup's double produced three more runs.
The Lady Owls picked up a run on senior Jaidyn Townsend's second-inning single, but senior Calyssa Plymell stroked a two-run homer and Hammer doubled and scored in the third for a 7-1 Smith-Cotton lead.
Junior Raziyah Thomas walked and scored on a wild pitch in the Marshall third. Sophomore Paige Klinge and junior Kailei Allen singled, both scoring on a double by junior Abbie Marshall -- who came in on a sacrifice fly to close the margin to two runs.
It didn't remain that tight for long, the Lady Tigers (3-6) putting up seven runs in the fourth -- getting RBI hits from Plymell, Hammer, Schlup and Ditzfeld. They only managed one more run the rest of the game, but Marshall couldn't catch up. Marshall tripled and came in on a grounder in the fifth and Klinge singled in a run in the sixth for the Lady Owls.
Marshall (2-4) plays Saturday in the New Franklin Tournament.
Boys' Swimming: Owls open season
SEDALIA -- The Marshall boys' swim team only has three members this season, but it out-scored one of six opponents Tuesday while debuting at the Smith-Cotton Duals.
The Owls edged Battle, 34-32, but were no match for Rock Bridge (186-16) -- which was 6-0 to take first place -- Smith-Cotton (196-20), Warrensburg (154-17), Hickman (131-14) and Missouri Military Academy (88-19).
All three Marshall entries competed in the 50-yard freestyle, with sophomore Jack Chamberlin -- the only returning letterman -- slicing 3.08 seconds off his personal best while placing 21st (31.30 seconds). Freshmen Charlie Guthrey (31.66) and freshman Nick Shireman (34.35) were 23rd and 26th respectively.
Guthrey (1:14.88) was 23rd and Chamberlin (1:31.49) 29th in the 100 free, while Shireman placed 15th in the 100 backstroke (1:34.69).
The Owls head to Independence on Saturday to take part in the Truman Invitational.
Volleyball: Marshall 2, Mexico 0
The Marshall volleyball team won its third straight-set match in a row Thursday with a 25-21, 25-13 NCMC home decision over Mexico.
Junior Emma Schulte had six kills, two blocked shots and a pair of aces for the Lady Owls, who had a .196 attack percentage. Marshall had 10 aces against the Lady Bulldogs (1-3, 0-2 NCMC), three by junior Lilli Summers to go along with her seven digs. Junior Allie Schulte knocked down five shots and pulled up five, senior Eliza Hare and junior Brook Borchers combined for 13 digs and junior Kate Donnell had 15 assists.
The Lady Owls (3-1, 2-1) host Hannibal on Saturday.
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