Marshals hold off Vikings in 2-1 win

Marshals Eric Hicks (13), Caleb Nicholls (5) and Jonathan Roberts (14) collapse in on St. Mary’s Keaton Elliott (13) in the Marshals 2-1 win Tuesday over the Vikings.

Two goals in the first half were enough for the Marshals to hold off a St. Mary team that battled until the end. On another hot and humid night at Colburn Stadium, the Marshals first goal came at 17:45 from junior Pratik Patel and it remained 1-0 until two minutes before the half, a goal from sophomore Collin Riley made it a 2-0 game.

Midway through the first half, Bryson Penn – the Marshals leading scoring last season, left the game with an injury and didn’t return.

St. Mary got on the board at the midway point of the second half when a direct kick by Joey Eggemeyer made it through the Marshall wall and kicked off the post into the net. Eggemeyer had another nice look to tie the game a few minutes later, but the ball sailed just wide.

A defensive effort from the Marshals and goalkeeper Ben Burkeen, kept St. Mary out of the net in the closing minutes to secure the 2-1 win and improve to 2-0. St. Mary keeper, Jack Bell, held the Marshals goal total down with at least a dozen nice saves.

The Marshals have never lost to St. Mary and over the past 20 years, the Vikings have never had a winning record but came close in 2011 when they finished 11-11-1 and tied the Marshals 3-3 that year. That trend looks to change this season, under the direction of Head Coach Blaine Skeen, former stand-out player for Marshall County, who in his second season at St. Mary is moving the program forward quickly.

Thursday, the Marshals will play a district double-header at Mayfield, taking the field around 7:00 following the Lady Marshals game.

Senior Sean Janiec, pursued by St. Mary players Michael Lurtz (3) and Isaac Labarge (10), will be a veteran force among the Marshals defenders this season.
Senior Jarrett Wiles (21) chases down St. Mary’s Jack Roof (8) in the first half of the Marshals win Tuesday at Colburn Stadium.