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Marshall soccer struggles in 3-1 loss to CMCS

September 7, 2012
Marshall Independent

Facing the 0-3 Central Minnesota Christian soccer team Thursday in Prinsburg, the Marshall Tigers felt they had a good shot of winning their first match of the season.

Those positive thoughts took a big hit just three minutes into the match, as senior goalkeeper Sathira Wijesekara twisted his knee playing a ball out of the box and had to be taken out of the game.

The Tigers went on to lose 3-1 to drop to 0-4 on the season.

Marshall used freshman Sam Duran in goal after Wijesekara went down. Marshall head coach Pat Johnson said the injury to Wijesekara's knee could be serious and the Tigers may be relying on a backup goalkeeper for a while.

Trevor Johnson scored the lone goal for the Tigers on a penalty shot in the first half and the Bluejays went into halftime up 2-1. Johnson also scored the team's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Worthington on Tuesday.

Pat Johnson said the Tigers had plenty of possession, but struggled with accuracy on their shots.

"We had a lot of chances, we just weren't getting them on frame," he said. "Their goalie made some good saves too.

"But give them credit. We got their defense to bend, but it wouldn't break."

Marshall will try again for its first win of the season on Saturday when the Tigers host Chanhassen at 10 a.m. at Mattke Field.



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