Unbeaten Tigers cruise past Chieftains, 5-0
DEVOLA — Marietta High scored on its first shot attempt in the opening minute of the match.
After that quickie goal, the Tigers never looked back en route to a 5-0 triumph over Logan High Tuesday night at Jerry Brock Field.
MHS, No. 8-ranked in the Division II OSSCA State Poll with a 13-0-1 overall record, featured five different goal scorers against the Chieftains (4-9).
Cade Gandor, Jake Craven, Ethan Feathers, Sean Fournier, and Ryan Mannix each found the back of the net for the repeat East Central Ohio League champion Tigers.
“We have a ton of talent up top,” said Mannix, whose second-half score made him Marietta’s all-time single-season leading goal-scorer with 29. Jeremy Albrecht held the previous mark of 28, set in 1997.
Feathers and Fournier also had one assist apiece. And, Tigers keeper Justin LaBarre finished with two saves and was credited with his sixth clean sheet of the campaign.
Logan goalie Tegan Myers had eight saves. Offensively, LHS never seriously threatened to score.
Thirty seconds into the contest, Gandor headed home Feathers’ right-wing cross for a 1-0 advantage.
“That was actually the best goal of the night that we scored,” said MHS head coach Todd Morris.
Marietta then dominated play but did not score again until Craven beat Myers with a hard shot with 3:06 remaining before the half.
At the intermission, the Tigers owned a 2-0 lead.
After the break, Feathers swerved a free kick from the left wing into the back of the net during the 49th minute to make it 3-0.
Then, in the 51st minute, Fournier got an unassisted goal to stretch the Tiger advantage to 4-0.
During the 53rd minute, MHS was awarded a penalty kick, but Mannix’s boot to the left was saved by Myers.
“I was going to go to the right,” Mannix said. “But I saw him (Myers) shift to the right, so I went left. I shouldn’t have done that. I should’ve gone down the middle. I was thinking too much, but I’ll make the next one.”
Mannix redeemed himself a couple of minutes later with his 29th goal of the season. Fournier got the assist.
“It’s sweet but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates passing me the ball,” said Mannix of the record.
Morris said that he sent Albrecht a text “to let him know.”
“Good for Ryan,” Morris continued. “He’s worked really hard, and he deserves it. He’s played well.”
Marietta is scheduled to host Warren at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Tigers blanked the Warriors, 4-0, earlier in the season in Vincent.
“That should be fun,” Morris said. “This could the the last Warren game our (11) seniors play depending on how the tournament plays out.”
Marietta is top-seeded in next week’s sectional tournament and gets a bye in the opening round. The Tigers are slated to play Oct. 17.
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Marietta 5, Logan 0
Logan (4-9) 0 0 — 0
MHS (13-0-1) 2 3 — 5
M: Cade Gandor (10), assist Ethan Feathers (3), 1st minute, 1stH
M: Jake Craven (11), unassisted, 1stH
M: Feathers (11), direct kick, 2ndH
M: Sean Fournier (9), unassisted, 2ndH
M: Ryan Mannix (29), assist Fournier (8), 2ndH
shots: L 2, M 25
keeper saves: L (Tegan Myers) 8, M (Justin LaBarre) 2
corner kicks: L 2, M 4
next match: Warren at MHS Thursday at 7 p.m.