On Tuesday, October 22nd, the Marlington boys’ soccer team, seed 1 for the district, lost 2-1 in the semi-finals hosted at Marlington against Saint Vincent-Saint mary, seed 5 for the district.
Marlington has been to districts for the last 12 years and this year was looking good for the boys’ soccer team. Their record ended with a 10-2-6 for the season.
As the game commenced, Marlington and Saint Vincent-Saint Mary stayed even with a defensive and offensive battle for both teams.
Marlington took many shots on Saint Vincent-Saint Mary’s goalie but none made it into the net.
Marlington’s luck turned around when Cole Redd scored against Saint Vincent-Saint Mary with fifteen minutes left in the half.
As Marlington took the lead, the intensity also rose between the players. The game got rough for the boys as each team was given yellow cards and penalty kicks.
Saint Vincent-Saint Mary tied the score with Marlington off a penalty kick with ten minutes left in the game after Redd dived in the box.
With adrenaline rising within the players, Marlington took control during the second half.
Marlington rose to the challenges Saint Vincent-Saint Mary set and made many strives for a goal but were always just short of the shot.
The boys had earned a penalty kick but the shot was stopped by Saint Vincent-Saint Mary’s goalie.
Marlington’s own goalie, Levi Rodgers, had stopped a total of 12 advances towards the goal by Saint Vincent-Saint Mary.
The game stayed tied for most of the second half until Saint Vincent-Saint Mary scored with three minutes left on the clock.
The game ended 2-1 with Saint Vincent-Saint Mary going on to the finals against Orrville, seed 3 for the district, and Marlington’s season finishing.