For nearly 60 minutes — three quarters of the match — the Marshfield High School soccer team held Springfield Catholic, a perennial power in the region, scoreless in their match on Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Marshfield. In fact, with 21:01 left in the match, the Blue Jays held a 1-0 lead.

A second later, the bubble burst. The Fighting Irish, after beating at the door for most of the match, finally found the back of the net against the stubborn Blue Jay defense. Then they found it two more times in the following few minutes, giving the match a much less impressive 3-1 final score.

But the outcome didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Blue Jay head coach Thomas Searson when it came to praising his team’s effort in the contest — particularly that of the defense and goalkeeper Noah Haberer.

“He had an amazing game,” said Searson. “He was focused the whole time ... so many point-blank shots ... even the Catholic coaches remarked after the game on what a great performance he had. He had a great night and we know he’s capable of that. So we expect to see more of that.”

The nearly 60 minutes of shutout defense was particularly remarkable in that Catholic had the ball in its attack zone the vast majority of the game, with Marshfield’s lone goal coming on a breakaway off the foot of Jarrett Meyer.

COMING UP

The Blue Jays’ scheduled Thursday match at Aurora was postponed until Sept. 21.

After a Tuesday contest in Bolivar, the next action for the Marshfield boys will be this Friday and Saturday in the Parkview Tournament. The Blue Jays will be back home Monday to face Camdenton.

Scott Kerber, editor/GM of The Marshfield Mail, is a transplanted Chicagoan/Tennessean/Nebraskan who loves the friendly atmosphere in southwest Missouri.

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