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Tiger boys blank Yellowjackets, 3-0

Photo by Josh Hughes Marietta's David Sarver (17) battles Williamstown's Gavin Bosgraf for the ball during a high school boys soccer match Tuesday at Jerry Brock Field in Devola.

DEVOLA -Brody McGregor used his head, and that’s a big part of what gave the Marietta Tigers the win.

In the second game of a Tuesday night Marietta-Williamstown doubleheader in Devola, it was Marietta getting the shutout win, 3-0. These teams were tight though the first ten minutes, as the physicality and defense took a front seat, early on. While McGregor scored twice off two hears for the Tigers (9-3-3), it was teammate David Sarver who kicked the scoring off in the 11th minute.

Cayden Wheeler lined up for a corner kick, and it was the first of nine on the night for the home team. When Wheeler spotted it up, he found Sarver just outside the middle of the box, who headed it in to give MHS 1-0 advantage. A couple minutes later that duo of Sarver and Wheeler tried the same play, but Sarver sailed it over the goal of WHS GK Austin Bosgraf.

Bosgraf was busy collecting 20 saves on the night, as Marietta made him work for every one of them. Having only taken five shots on goal, Williamstown didn’t have very many opportunities, because of defensive excellence from the Tigers. In the 31st minute, McGregor collected the first of his two headers. This shotglanced off the top of the bar and still made it in, as The Tigers doubled the lead. More action from McGregor happened a minute later when he was in front of the goal. A hard-charging Bosgraf scooped up the ball before McGregor could finish, and that pivotal save kept the match in reach. In talking about how his team attacked, head coach Todd Morris was content with his team, but he wanted them to finish more.

“Give Williamstown credit. They came out with a lot of energy, and once we played ourselves into the game we were able to get to the ball and get them pinned in,” Morris said. We were creating pretty good opportunities. We’ve just got to finish better. We moved Brody out to the wing about midway through the season. I think he had about two (scores) tonight. Mac (Threatt) playing up top. Then Dillon (Meagle) at the other winger is dangerous. He’s got a wicked left foot. We’re getting better, and the movement is getting better. The solid play is getting better, and the defense is getting more consistent.

Marietta travels on Saturday to Logan, and it’s a chance forr the team to build on momentum. For Williamstown (12-5), head coach Jason Hill is going back to the drawing board to right the ship for his Yellowjackets.

Marietta at their place is a playoff-quality game,” he said. “We’re going to play a team in the playoffs that’s probably better than us, in a few weeks. They looked good, they knew where everyone was. We had a lot of chanes off in the get-go, and I told the boys this wwas a game of chances. If we made some of those, maybe this game would have been different.”

The ‘Jackets look to get back on track Thursday at home against Wheeling Central.

Contact Josh Hughes at jhughes@newsandsentinel.com

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