Marietta High is scheduled to play its alumni boys' soccer match at 6 p.m. Saturday - and not 7 p.m. as originally posted.
The contest will also be on the practice pitch and not the main field at the Devola Soccer Complex.
The Todd Morris-coached Tiger booters have enjoyed a productive preseason, going 2-0 with wins against West Muskingum on Aug. 11 and Philo this past Tuesday.
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Marietta High’s Brennan Uhrig (1) dribbles upfield during a match against Chillicothe at Columbus Crew Stadium last season. Uhrig is expected to be one of the Tigers’ top players this season.
The scrimmage at Circleville on Aug. 9 was cancelled due to the weather.
"We've been running a lot to get in shape," said MHS junior Brennan Uhrig on Aug. 6, the first official day of practice. "I played club (soccer) through the season. We're pretty well prepared, I think."
Last season, Uhrig was second to 2012 MHS graduate Tim Grosel in goals scored with 10. He also had five assists.
If the preseason matches are any indicator, MHS - the defending East Central Ohio League champion -will be featuring a balanced offensive attack. Skylar Miracle scored both of the orange and black goals in a 2-0 triumph at West Muskingum.
At Philo, the Tigers won 6-3, getting two goals apiece from Colin Jordan and Uhrig and one each from Brent Huck and Jacob Holdren.
Last year, Huck notched eight goals and had three assists. He also place-kicked - which he's not doing this season - for the Marietta football team.
"I just want to focus on soccer," Huck said. "I played club soccer and I put a lot of time into it."
The 2012 MHS roster has four seniors on it in Matt Chalfant, Bresdon Treadway, Holden Weihl, and Jordan (2 goals, 1 assist).
Along with Ulrig and Huck, the returnees are Tanner Rake (2 goals, 2 assists), defender Andrew Roberts, keeper Eric Pierce - who is expected to start between the pipes - Miracle (2 goals), and Holdren (1 goal).
Morris said he's "still trying to figure out a few spots" on the pitch.
"The pieces are there," the fifth-year MHS boys' head coach said. "We as coaches just need to figure out where they best fit."
During Marietta's storied 27 seasons on the boys' soccer pitch, the Tigers have claimed 16 league championships (one ECOL and 15 SEOAL) and eight district titles.
Last season, its first as a member of the ECOL, MHS posted an 11-4-2 overall record and 6-0-1 league mark.
The Tigers bowed out after dropping a 2-1 decision to Waverly in a sectional final at Don Drumm Stadium.
Another highlight from 2011 was the orange and black booters defeating Chillicothe at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Marietta is slated to kick off its 28th campaign at Dover in an ECOL lidlifter at 7 p.m. Aug. 28.
The Tigers' first home match will be against Athens in a non-conference showdown at 7 p.m. Sept. 1.
"We will be competitive, no doubt," Morris said. "The goal never changes - come together as a team, compete as a team and be better in October/November than we are now.
"Obviously internally, we have other goals - repeat as ECOL champions and get back to where we feel we need to be at the district level."