Prep girls soccer: Marietta High girls fall 2-1 to Newark on the pitch

DEVOLA – Marietta High got a solid performance between the pipes from Shae Hutchison.

But Newark’s attack was relentless, and in the second half, the Lady Wildcat booters were able to rally to defeat the Lady Tigers 2-1 in a non-conference match at the Devola Soccer Complex Thursday night.

“I did my best,” said Hutchison, who was making her first varsity start at keeper.

Hutchison, a sophomore, was filling in for injured starter Nora Gulick. She finished with 10 saves in the contest.

“Shae did a good job,” said MHS head coach Jeff Price, whose Lady Tigers fell to 2-7 on the season. “She tracked the ball well.”

Marietta’s goal was scored by Audrey May in the 15th minute of play. Mo Robinson was credited with an assist on the net-bender.

“Audrey has about three or four goals for us this season,” Price said. “Overall as a team, I thought we passed better against Coshocton than we did tonight.”

Newark (3-6) outshot Marietta, 14-2, and got goals from Meghan Roche and Rachel Billman. The Wildcats also hit the crossbar three times during the match.

“Newark doesn’t have a very good record, but they’re not a bad team,” Price said. “They play a lot of schools, like Pickerington North and teams like that in the Columbus area.”

Amanda Smith and Mileena Bricker shared the Newark goalkeeping duties.

The Lady Tigers led 1-0 at the break.

“At halftime, we were searching for what it takes when the chips were down,” said Newark coach Vance Bennett. “I mean, you either want it or you don’t.”

Newark got the equalizer in the 54th minute when Roche’s shot deflected off an MHS player and into the goal.

With 2:58 remaining in the game, Billman drilled a bullet that Hutchison never had a chance to stop to make it 2-1.

Marietta senior captain Katie Miller nearly tied the game with time running out. But her offensive surge and hard, angled shot was grabbed by Bricker.

“We’ll use this game to continue to improve,” Price said.

Marietta is scheduled to host New Philadelphia in an East Central Ohio League match Tuesday at 7 p.m.