One of these days, the Marietta High boys' and girls' soccer teams will play a home match on the Devola pitch.
That's a given.
Right now, though, the main field there is still not ready for play due to the summer drought.
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Marietta High’s Colin Jordan, right, battles Warren’s Jacob Pearson, left, for the ball during prep soccer action at the Devola Soccer Complex last season. MHS will be hosting the Warriors at Don Drumm Stadium Thursday night, because the main pitch at the Devola Soccer Complex is not ready for play due to the summer drought.
The MHS lady booters' tentative target date for a match at the Devola Soccer Complex is Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. against visiting Coshocton, an East Central Ohio League opponent.
For the orange and black boys, they are expected to entertain New Philadelphia in an ECOL tilt Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Actually, the Marietta boys (1-0-1) will be "hosting" a home match against arch-rival Warren on the artificial surface at Don Drumm Stadium Thursday at 7:45 p.m. The last time that the Tigers played there was in the 2011 sectional final, a 2-1 setback to Waverly.
In the meantime, it's been a season of mostly road games for the two soccer teams.
This upcoming week, the Jeff Price-coached MHS girls (1-2) are scheduled to host Cambridge at Don Drumm Stadium tonight at 7:45 p.m. and then play at Warren Thursday at 7 p.m.
Marietta is currently being paced offensively by Swedish foreign exchange student Molly Josefson, who scored all six goals in a 6-3 season opening triumph at Dover. Josefson also had Marietta's lone score in a 5-1 setback at Johnstown-Monroe on Saturday.
Other probable Lady Tiger starters may be Alyssa Hill, Anna Carpenter, Ashley Streski, Amelia Gulick, Katie Miller, Beka Haught, Gabi Latture, Mo Robinson, Lucinda Ryder, Sammy Koons, and keeper Nora Gulick or Robinson.
The undefeated Warren girls (3-0), who will be hosting MHS Thursday, are off to a great start, and are led by Melissa Dickerson, Mckenzie Ullman, and freshman sensation Raeli Barnes.
Warren is expected to start Lara Eksi, Halee McPherson, Emma Yabs, Janelle Barth or Kayla Maze (keeper), Raelyn Gardner, Natalie O'Dell, Addie Barnes, Jordanna Rauch, Raeli Barnes, Ullman, and Dickerson.
The Warren girls are slated to host Ripley at 6 p.m. tonight.
In the boys' match vs. Warren, also on Thursday, Todd Morris-led Marietta is expected to start keeper Eric Pierce, Andrew Roberts, Holden Weihl, Owen LaBarre, Tanner Rake, Colin Jordan, Grant Gandor, Jacob Holdren, Brent Huck, Skylar Miracle and Brennan Uhrig.
The Andrew Johnson-coached Warriors will probably counter with keeper Cody Stanley, Greyson Cantley, Sam Goodman, Ben Koch, Wyatt Lynch, Aaron Mazurkiewicz, Nathan Robinson, Nick Robinson, Nick Koch, Ty Kroner and Evan Yabs.
Before the Warren match, Marietta was scheduled to host Cambridge Tuesday but will now play the host Bobcats at 5 p.m. on the same day. The MHS boys got their first win of the season last Saturday at Athens, winning a 1-0 decision on a goal by Miracle.