PREP SOCCER: Tigers end regular season with victory over Eagles

MARSHALL – The Marshall Tigers are starting to believe.

After an 0-6-1 start to the 2013 season, MHS has turned its season around during its last five regular season matches, including Tuesday’s win over Southwest Minnesota Christian 3-2 at The Schwan Regional Events Center.

Megan Vogl scored twice and Sam Duran netted the match-winner, helping Marshall to a 3-1-1 record in its last five contests.

“The last time we played Southwest Minnesota Christian, it was a 1-1 match at halftime, just like this one,” Tigers head coach Andrew Larson said. “At halftime, we talked about how we knew SWC is a strong second-half team and that it seems like we have lost matches in the second half. I told our players to stick with what we were doing, try their hardest and try to win as many 50/50 balls as they can. That is what we did.”

Vogl scored her first goal late in the first half after making a zig-zag move around an Eagles defender and shooting a line drive from the left side that landed into the top right side of the net.

“We moved the ball upfield and I ran to catch up to it before passing it off,” Vogl said. “Nestar (Pedroza) passed it back to me, I ran for it and, after making a move, I shot it from outside the penalty box.”

Vogl handed the Tigers a 2-1 lead early in the second half on a breakaway by re-directing a rebound off of SWG goalie Brent Gorter. Sam Duran took the initial shot that Gorter could not corral.

“I was really excited to score one goal, let alone score two,” Vogl said. “I’ve never scored two goals in a high school match before.”

Larsen said taking a 2-1 lead was a big factor for Marshall.

“It seems like were just not on our toes a lot in the second half unless we get something like that to happen,” Larson said. “That was a huge play for us to get that goal right away in the second half.”

The Eagles knotted the score at 2-all with about 7 minutes left. But Duran broke free on a breakaway in the final 2 minutes and beat Gorter in a one-on-one situation from short range.

“Soccer is a game of making a few plays,” Larson said. “We got a break on a breakaway and it worked out in our favor.”

Marshall is awaiting to learn its opponent for the MSHSL Section Tournament, which begins next week.