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MHS soccer has a Bayern Munich look about it

Marietta High kind of resembled Bayern Munich on the boys’ soccer pitch at Jerry Brock Field Tuesday night.

Seriously.

Bayern Munich is a powerhouse “futbol” team in Germany.

And, while the Todd Morris-coached Tigers obviously aren’t pros, they’re pretty darn good prep soccer players.

Just ask the previously unbeaten Coshocton Redskins (4-1-1 overall), who dropped an 11-0 decision to MHS on Tuesday evening. Coshocton didn’t know whether to throw in the towel or wind its watch.

Marietta, led by Ryan Mannix’s single-game school record 6 goals and Jake Craven’s 3 assists (and 1 goal), was that good with pinpoint passing and unselfish play (just like Bayern Munich).

Now, the undefeated Tigers (5-0) are scheduled to play cross-river rival Parkersburg High (1-2-1) at 7:30 p.m. tonight on the artificial surface at Stadium Field.

The Don Fosselman-led Big Reds are coming off a 2-0 triumph at Riverside, also on Tuesday night. The victory was the program’s milestone 500th. Caden Rogers and Ashton Farnsworth each had a goal for the winners. Keeper Caleb Thomas was credited with a clean sheet.

Against Riverside, PHS was down three starters and still prevailed.

Tonight’s match will be a good test for the Tigers, because over the years, they’ve held their own against perennial powerhouse PHS. In fact, in the all-time series, it’s pretty much even.

Probably no other school has given the Big Reds booters more fits on the pitch than MHS.

Last year at JBF in Devola, the two schools tied 2-2.

Even though PHS has the home pitch advantage and is playing on a very fast surface, it’ll be the underdog.

MHS is senior-oriented (11) and has just too many weapons in players like Sean Fournier, Ethan Feathers, Cayden Wheeler, Cade Gandor, Kamden Lankford, Dillon Meagle, David Sarver, Craven, and of course Mannix, who leads the team with 11 goals and 3 assists.

Parkersburg might shut down Mannix — but then, there are the “others.”

PHS was credited with no shots on goals in a 3-0 loss to defending W.Va. Class AAA champion George Washington earlier this season.

Wait until the Big Reds try to score against MHS.

Marietta’s formidable defensive unit includes Jantzen Gebzyck, Jackson Graham, Adam Coil, Justin LaBarre (keeper), and Fournier. Just how in the world is PHS going to put a ball in the back of the net against this group?

It might not.

Fosselman has coached some terrific Big Reds players over the years, and knows talent when he sees it, either on his side or the other. He might be very impressed with the Tigers 11.

Still, don’t ever, ever count a PHS team out.

But if — and if is the operative word — Marietta plays like Bayern Munich…well, the Big Reds could be in big trouble.

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com

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