After going a disappointing 0-3 in the Branson Tournament April 20-21, the Marshfield High School girls soccer team had three consecutive shutout victories Monday, April 23, against New Covenant Academy (postponed from March 27, Tuesday, April 24, against Aurora and Thursday, April 26, against McDonald County.
“We’ve had a long week and are pretty worn. But defensively, we try to work together as a team and talk,” junior Kennedy Deckard said. “We kind of had a rough weekend, but we’re trying to work with what we have and do what we can.”
The Lady Jays scored two goals in the first half and defeated the Aurora Lady Houn’ Dawgs 2-0 at home last Tuesday. That win followed a 1-0 verdict on the road over New Covenant the previous evening.
“We had opportunities in front of the goal and were able to put the two in that made the difference,” Lady Jays coach Paul Lewis said. “The effort is there and they’re finding a way to win. I think their confidence level came back.”
Junior Leiken Barton scored in the first half to give the Lady Jays a 1-0 lead. With two minutes left in the half, junior Mayci Huff received the ball on a cross and snuck it past Aurora’s keeper to give Marshfield a 2-0 lead.
“The coaches teach us to come in from the outside and be ready for the cross, and I was out there waiting for it,” Huff said.
In a back-and-forth second half, the Lady Jays defense held strong and were able to limit the Lady Houn’ Dawgs’ chances at the goal. With both teams unable to find the back of the net in the half, Marshfield played the clock out for the 2-0 win.
“We played pretty well and worked together well,” Marshfield junior Maddie Gardner said. “We talk well and everybody knows how to cover each other. We work well as a unit and we’re going to keep working hard.”
The busy schedule continued for the Lady Jays, along with the success, as they won a home match against McDonald County Thursday night in another shutout, 3-0. The win improves the Lay Jays' record on the season to 10-9. Following a Tuesday match with Logan-Rogersville, the Marshfield girls will finish up their regular-season schedule with another match, this time at home, against New Covenant Academy next Tuesday, May 8.
“We’ve had a long two weeks and have played a lot of soccer. The girls are playing hard and building some confidence and finding ways to win,” Lewis said. “We’ve got a couple of games to build up to playing our best soccer. We’ve got to get better everyday.”
Brackets for the Class 3 District 10 tournament have not been settled yet, but it is scheduled for May 14-16 and will be hosted by Springfield’s Parkview High School.