Tigers 4-0 after win vs. Alexander

JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times Marietta High’s Courtney Schuck (23) battles Alexander’s Jenelle Fauber (4) for the ball during a high school girls soccer match Thursday at Jerry Brock Field in Devola.

DEVOLA — Through four games this season, the Marietta High girls still haven’t allowed a goal.

Thursday, the Tigers handed visiting Alexander a 5-0 setback at Jerry Brock Field to improve to 4-0 overall.

“Defensively, we’re picking up,” said MHS head coach Jeff Price. “We’re not quite where we were at the end of last year. We’ve got some new people in there so we’re working that out.”

Alexander attempted just three shots on goal in the contest, and all three were denied by MHS keeper Brooke Heiss. Of course, you can’t win without scoring, and the Tigers got plenty of firepower early in the match.

In the eighth minute, Lexie Mullen took a pass from teammate Kennedy Schuck and booted it into the back of the net to give Marietta a 1-0 lead. Mullen also scored three minutes into the second half and assisted on two other goals. She was honored after the game for taking over the program’s all-time scoring record with 77 goals. The previous record was 71 by Allison Fouss.

“That’s what she’s good at — scoring goals,” Price said of Mullen. “It’s always good having someone like that. I hope she has another year like last year.”

Up 1-0, Courtney Schuck helped Marietta build on its advantage with an unassisted goal at the 30:11 mark and then another at 27:27 mark to make it 3-0. Schuck’s second goal was assisted by Mullen.

About 20 seconds later, Mullen set up Jessica Smith for the Tigers’ fourth goal.

“It was nice to get up on top,” Price said. “There’s some things we need to do a little better. We had some open people that we didn’t see. Then, when we started making a lot of subs and people went to areas they weren’t quite familiar with as much, the game got a little confusing. But, a win’s a win, so that’s a good thing.”

The Spartans had an opportunity to get on the board with 15:25 remaining in the first half. On a corner kick, Amora Albano’s right-footed shot sailed just over the goalpost. That would be Alexander’s best scoring chance, as Marietta’s defense held the solid offensive club in check.

“They have a nice group of four or five girls up front,” Price said of the Tom Fauber-coached Spartans. “We had to take care of them. They’re good. They’re fast, they pass well and I think they’re well coached.”

Mullen’s goal at the 37:26 mark in the second half capped the scoring. The Tigers pounded 11 shots on goal, five of which were stopped by Alexander keeper Marlee Grinstead.

The Tigers are off until Monday as a challenging week awaits them.

“We have a tough game Monday against Wooster (at River View),” Price said. “That’s going to show us where we’re at. We come back (Tuesday against Coshocton) and then Thursday we play Warren, and that should be another good test for us.”