DEVOLA - It took a minute and 33 seconds into Tuesday evening's match for Dover to score against Marietta at the Devola Soccer Complex, when Alina Lauber got a shot past MHS goalkeeper Nora Gulick to put the Lady Tigers in an early 1-0 hole.
For the remaining 78 minutes of the match, however, Marietta did not let the Lady Tornadoes find the back of the net again. Beka Haught's goal in the 14th minute of the match tied it at 1-1, which is the way it would end as neither team could capitalize on multiple opportunities down the stretch.
Both teams remain winless on the season as Marietta is now 0-3-2 while Dover's record is 0-1-1.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Beka Haught (24) battles Dover’s Emma Harington(4) for the ball in an East Central Ohio League girls’ soccer match at the Devola Soccer Complex Tuesday night. The Tigers and Tornadoes tied 1-1.
"That was the best game we've played so far," said Marietta head coach Jeff Price. "The team is progressing and that's the biggest thing. I think each player is starting to contribute just a little bit more and that makes a big difference."
A defensive breakdown by the Tigers allowed Lauber to get into the open field early in the game. With no one between her and the net except Gulick, Lauber crossed a shot from the right side that appeared to glance off Gulick's hands and roll into the left side of the net.
Following the goal, Dover continued to press the issue but the Tigers' defense tightened. In the ninth minute, Peyton Frankovich got a shot off but this time Gulick was able to secure it for the save.
Marietta 1, Dover 1
Dover (0-1-1) 1 0 - 1
Marietta (0-3-2) 1 0 - 1
D - Alina Lauber goal, unassisted, 2nd minute
M - Beka Haught goal, unassisted, 14th minute
Shots: 15, M - 7
Keeper saves: D - 3 (Natalie Majewski), M - 6 (Nora Gulick)
Corner kicks: D - 5, M - 1
Next matches: Williamstown at Marietta at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Marietta 1, Dover 1
Marietta (1-1-1) 0 1 - 1
Dover (1-0-1) 0 1 - 1
M - Gage Herb goal, penalty kick, 42nd minute
D - Penlty kick, 76th minute
Shots: M - 5, D - 6
Keeper saves: M - 5 (Michael Ullman)
Next match: Cambridge at Marietta at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Then the momentum began to swing Marietta's way.
"(Marietta) responded well," said Dover head coach Toby Mathias. "They picked their energy level back up. We kind of let our's drop a little bit. They played better balls and we stopped playing our game a little bit."
The Tigers were able to possess the ball more and worked deep into Dover's side of the field. Eventually, Haught was able to get through and slip a shot past a charging Natalie Majewski (Dover's keeper) and just inside the left post to knot things up at 1-all.
Gulick came up with two more saves over the next 11 minutes to preserve the tie before the Lady Tigers began threatening again.
In the 25th minute, Tanner Moss escaped the defense and got a shot on goal but Majewski made the save.
Later, with just under six minutes left in the first half, Grace Crosby handled the ball up the right side and made a nice cross pass to Gabbi Latture near the goal but a Dover defender kicked it away for the denial.
Four minutes into the second half, Haught came inches away from her second goal of the match.
After coming up with a loose ball, Haught had a good look and took the shot but it caromed off the cross bar and Dover was able to clear it.
The Tornadoes took several shots throughout the second half with their best opportunity coming in the 68th minute when Kelly Galambos' shot deflected off the right post. Lauber was there for the rebound but her shot sailed over the goal to keep the score at 1-1.
While Dover seemingly controlled the ball the majority of the time down the stretch, Marietta was able to clear the ball with about two minutes left in the match. Moss out-ran two Dover players to get to the loose ball and set up a one-on-one situation with the keeper but could not get her shot past Majewski.
"That was huge," Mathias said. "We were pushing forward, throwing everything we've got trying to get the win and we gave up a transition. Our senior keeper came up big for us and made the nice save."
"We had our opportunities and they had their's," Price said. "I think, overall, we did a better job of winning the ball back and keeping the ball. Dover's a pretty good team. They had a plan and they knew what they wanted to do. Luckily we stopped them."
Neither team could find the back of the net the remainder of the contest to seal the tie. Marietta will try again for its first victory Thursday when it hosts Williamstown.
DOVER - The Marietta and Dover boys match wasn't much different as it also ended in a 1-1 draw.
Following a scoreless first half, the Tigers struck first in the 42nd minute when Gage Herb drilled a penalty kick that was set up when Jared Feathers drew a foul in the box.
The Tornadoes would answer with a penalty kick of their own with just 3:36 remaining in the match to steal a victory away from Marietta. Despite the disappointing finish, MHS head coach Todd Morris had some positive thoughts.
"We played well," he said. "We have really grown up in the first week of the season and are starting to establish ourself an identity. Tonight was a tough, physical game and I thought our guys responded well. Dover is a tough place to play and to get a draw on the road against a quality league opponent is a plus for us and something to build off of."
Dover out-shot Marietta 6-5 in the contest. Tigers keeper Michael Ullman saved five of Dover's six shots.
The Tigers (1-1-1) are back in action Tuesday when they host Cambridge.