Matching up with Willmar, a Section 2A finalist from last year, was a tough task for the Marshall soccer team.
And with two players out sick and the roster limited to just 10 players, things became more of an uphill battle for the Tigers, who fell 4-0 on Tuesday in Willmar.
"They went to the section finals last year and they have a lot of players back," said Marshall head soccer coach Pat Johnson. "Just like St. Peter (Marshall's opponent last Saturday), they were real big, fast, physical, and they loved to shoot the ball. There wasn't a shot they didn't like."
The Cardinals punched in a goal in the first minute, and led 2-0 after the first 40 minutes.
While Johnson liked the effort he saw from his players on Tuesday, being short-handed hampered the Tigers' chances to stay with Willmar.
"We knew it'd be tough with a full lineup," Johnson said, "but with only ten of our players, it was going to be a situation where we needed to play perfect ball."
Marshall (0-2 overall) will have a week to get healthy for its next game, as the Tigers open Southwest Conference play next Tuesday, hosting Worthington.