PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Tigers break out offense in 7-1 win over Trojans

Photo by Lacey Barke Marshall’s Marissa Talamantes tries to get around a Worthington defender during their game on Thursday. The Tigers defeated the Trojans 7-1.

MARSHALL– The Marshall girls soccer team scored an early goal in their game, and they never stopped attacking the goal from then on as the Tigers won 7-1 on Thursday evening over Worthington.

Sophomore Lenei Estrada recorded the first of many goals that the Tigers would score in their game against the Trojans, and she scored it early on with a hefty 30 minutes left to go in the first half. Marshall’s offensive players were quick on their feet as they outmaneuvered the slower defenders of the Worthington team easily. More points for Marshall came from goals scored by Genesis Hernandez and Estrada just four minutes apart, moving the Tigers’ lead at the end of the first half to 3-0.

Marshall girls head coach Jesus Hernandez was impressed with the hustle his players put in. “The scoreboard reflected how our offense worked really well today,” he said. “The girls always work really hard, but this was a slower defense, and I think that’s why we were able to score the points. There’s been some games where the older team’s defenders and players are faster and stronger, and we maybe don’t look as good. But today, overall, the team worked really well today.”

The second half scoring was started by Marshall when two shots from Danya Estrada connected with the goal, effectively advancing the Tiger’s lead from 3-0 to 5-0. Marshall’s goalie Raini Grams got a workout and a handful of saves from the Trojans shots on the goal, holding off Worthington’s scoring to one goal with ten minutes left in the game. In return, Marshall responded with two goals, one coming from Estrada and the other from Ally Quist. This boosted Marshall’s score 7-1 and put a close to the second half.

Hernandez said this Thursday’s win showcased the Tiger’s improvements they have made throughout the season. “The assistant coach (Shayna Smith) and I were talking about how much hard work the team did about two weeks before the start of the season,” he said. “We worked really hard on physical conditioning and ball work. I think we see it now. In the beginning it was a little rusty, but we see it now where the girls keep pace throughout the game. There are some girls who never got subbed out because we were short girls today, but yeah I think that that’s part of the improvement that we have seen.”