DRAFFENVILLE — Just three days after topping Graves County on penalty kicks in Mayfield, it was Marshall County that jumped in the driver’s seat of the Second District, as the Lady Marshals topped the Lady Eagles 2-0 at Colburn Field on Thursday night.
“I told them that as great as Monday night was, if we don’t win tonight, it’s almost lost because Graves would’ve been the first seed,” noted Marshall County skipper Michael Boone. “We were playing for that.”
This time around, it was Kallen Fuller who stamped her feet on the contest.
Tied 0-all after 42 minutes, the Lady Marshals’ freshman forward/midfielder bent a corner kick from the right side just through the hands of Graves County’s freshman keeper Hannah McAdoo for what wound up being the winning goal.
Fuller would come through again in the 71st minute, when her drop pass from the right side found an open Hope Howard in the middle, and she one-timed it for the insurance.
It was her 10th goal and 11th assist of the year, second only to senior Carmen Gunn in total scoring.
“Maybe not quietly, but somewhat quietly, Kallen’s kind of stepped into that role,” Boone added. “I’d kind of like for her to be more aggressive, because I think she’s got more in the tank speed-wise and ability-wise.
“Hopefully, she’ll have it these next two weeks.”
The Lady Eagles aren’t out of the race just yet, as the Lady Marshals and Calloway County face off on Sept. 26 in Murray. A Lady Lakers victory brings about a three-way tie for the district’s top seed, and would result in head-to-head and goal differential breakdowns to sort the quagmire.
But there’s no question Thursday’s defeat – coupled with Monday’s tight loss – was tough. McAdoo was admirable in the goal, stopping six shots, and the Lady Eagles equaled the Lady Marshals in attempts, 11-11.
Defensively, however, Marshall County was able to muster its 11th shutout of the year, and 10th for career shutouts leader and senior keeper Carlen Whirley (seven saves).
“We have to finish those chances that we have,” said Graves County skipper Gerardo “Chile” Herrera. “We had a couple in the first half and a couple in the second half, and we have to put them away. These kind of games are going to be close, so whoever can put it in the back of the net is going to win the game. There’s going to be just a few chances for both teams.”
First Half – none.
Second Half – 43’ MC Kallen Fuller (corner kick), 71’ MC Hope Howard (Kallen Fuller assists).
Shots: MC 11, GC 11. Saves: MC Carlen Whirley 7, GC Hannah McAdoo 6. Corners: MC 3, GC 3.
Marshall 10-2-4 (5-1), Graves 8-3 (4-2).
Marshall drubs Graves
He’s not 100%, but Marshall County’s electric forward Bryson Penn is close.
Thursday night against the Eagles, he exploded with four goals and an assist, as the Marshals downed an exhausted Graves County squad 10-0 in 74 minutes.
“It was supposed to be a 6-to-10-week injury, but I made it a five-week injury and out here doing what I can trying to get back,” Penn said after the win. “Therapy went really well. I was working really hard to get back.
“I’m not going to say I’m 100%, as the knee feels a little unstable still. But I think I did what I could, and by next week, I think I’ll be there.”
Marshals’ Kiefer Court and Logan Davis each had braces in the victory, as Marshall County remained undefeated in First Region action for 2019.
First Half – 5’ MC Bryson Penn (Collin Riley assist), 10’ MC Bryson Penn (unassisted), 34’ Kiefer Court (unassisted), 40’+ MC own goal.
Second Half – 47’ MC Bryson Penn (unassisted), 52’ MC William Lynch (Bryson Penn assists), 59’ MC Bryson Penn (unassisted), 66’ MC Kiefer Court (Jonathan Roberts assists), 70’ MC Logan Davis (Nate Garland assists), 74’ MC Logan Davis (unassisted).
Shots: MC 25; GC 2. Saves: MC Ben Burkeen 1, GC Juan Garcia 10. Corners: MC 4, GC 0.
Marshall 13-2-3 (6-0); Graves 5-8-1 (2-4).