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PREP BOYS SOCCER: Trio of goals in first half lifts Worthington to victory over Marshall

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Elijah Bader defends Worthington’s Santos Orellana Vargas during their game on Monday. Marshall fell to Worthington 3-0.

MARSHALL — The Marshall boys soccer team looked to maintain its red-hot play when it faced Worthington Monday. But Worthington had other ideas, and commanded the pace to the tune of three first-half goals and held Marshall at bay for a 3-0 victory on a rainy evening at Mattke Field.

Marshall coach Roberto Esparza said despite the tough result, he was pleased with his team’s overall effort and felt they did a good job of improving as the game went on.

“For me, it was a good effort by our kids and I know that we’re going to learn something from this, we always learn something whether it’s a win or a loss,” coach Esparza said. “I thought we did a good job, especially the second half.”

Worthington jumped out to a quick lead, scoring within the first minute to take a 1-0 advantage. Worthington would keep up the offensive pressure throughout the next several minutes, and were rewarded with a goal with 26:34 left in the first half to make it 2-0. Marshall then saw some chances of its own, but weren’t able to capitalize, and Worthington answered with 10:42 to go in the frame with its third goal of the half.

The three-goal advantage for Worthington would remain intact the rest of the way, as both sides had some scoring chances in the early minutes of the second half, but neither side was able to find the back of the net en route to the 3-0 final.

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Marshall (4-3) will face St. Peter on the road today at 6:45 p.m.

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