Tough setback: Tiger booters fall to Coshocton, 4-2

DEVOLA – In a crucial East Central Ohio League showdown between Marietta and Coshocton at Devola Soccer Complex Tuesday evening, it was the Redskins who prevailed by a score of 4-2.

Coshocton jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first half, but a pair of goals by Max Suckel tied it up with nine minutes left to go in the first half. Four minutes later, the ‘Skins recaptured the lead on a goal by Colton Jordan, which was all they needed for the victory.

Late in the second half, Corbin Coffman connected on an insurance goal to make it a 4-2 game and all but seal the Tigers’ fate.

Coshocton remained undefeated with the win at 7-0-1, while Marietta fell to 4-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the ECOL.

“That’s probably the best team we’ve played this year,” said MHS head coach Todd Morris. “I can’t fault our effort. The effort was there. We didn’t execute that well at times.”

Morris thought his squad got off to a solid start but was unable to sustain the momentum.

“I thought the first 15 minutes of the game we dominated,” he said. “(Coshocton) couldn’t figure out what we were doing, and we kind of let them off the hook by not cashing in on those opportunities. Then we found ourselves down a quick two.”

In the 22nd minute, Coshocton’s Colton Jordan dribbled up the right side of the field and got by a Marietta defender. He drew Marietta keeper Eric Pierce to the right side of the net before dishing the rock to Ian Hartley in the middle of the field. Hartley got the shot off past a diving Pierce to put Coshocton up 1-0.

Exactly five minutes later the Redskins struck again. A shot by a Coshocton player was blocked by Pierce, but Coshocton’s Stuart Dunlap came in and cleaned up the deflection for the team’s second score of the game, putting the Tigers in a 2-0 hole.

That’s when Suckel went to work.

In the 30th minute, Suckel charged up the middle of the field. Marietta’s Jacob Holdren fed him a nice pass and Suckel dribbled toward Redskin keeper Marc Smith before firing a shot just over his fingertips to put Marietta on the board.

Just over a minute-and-a-half later, Suckel connected on a penalty kick goal to knot things up at 2-all.

Four minutes later, Jordan nailed what ended up being the game-winner for the Redskins.

“Giving up that one before the half was disappointing,” Morris said.

The win was a big one for Coshocton head coach Brian Dunlap and his players.

“That was one that we felt like we were really shooting for all year,” Dunlap said.

“We knew it was gonna be a good match and it didn’t disappoint. Marietta’s a very quality team, but I thought my boys came through.”

The orange and black had a chance to tie it early in the second half, as Suckel had another penalty kick opportunity.

This time, though, Smith came up with the save to preserve the lead for Coshocton.

As a team, Marietta attempted 15 shots on goal while Coshocton had 13. Pierce saved five shots while Smith saved eight for the ‘Skins.

Marietta will look to rebound Saturday when it hosts Athens High in a rematch from last season’s sectional tournament game, which the Tigers won 2-1.

“There’s still a long way to go in the season,” Morris said. “We’ve got to keep working.”

Coshocton 2, Marietta 0

COSHOCTON – The Marietta girls soccer team fell to 2-6 on the season after getting blanked by host Coshocton 2-0 in ECOL action Tuesday night.