Marietta-Dover match to be completed tonight

Lady Tigers own 2-0 lead

Photo by Ron Johnston Marietta High’s Jessica Smith, right, is thwarted on a scoring attempt by Dover keeper Emma Smith, left. Dover defender Haylee Kai (21) looks on. The Tigers led 2-0 when the match was halted due to thunder and lightning. The contest is tentatively scheduled to resume at 6 p.m. today.

DEVOLA — Marietta High’s girls’ soccer team almost completed a first half Tuesday night at Jerry Brock Field.

With 7:22 remaining and the Tigers (0-0) leading visiting Dover High, 2-0, in their season, home, and league opener, the match was halted and then later suspended due to thunder and lightning.

The East Central Ohio League contest is tentatively scheduled to resume at 6 p.m. tonight as the Angie Pinion-coached Tornadoes (1-0) have agreed to return to Marietta.

MHS nearly got on the scoreboard in the second minute of play when junior midfielder Courtney Schuck drilled a shot off the left post.

During the 14th minute of action, the Tigers did stake themselves to a 1-0 advantage when sophomore mid Chloe Chen headed home Schuck’s left-side corner kick.

“We’ve been working on that,” said Marietta head coach Jeff Price of the CK set piece.

Continuing to apply pressure, the Tigers stretched their lead to 2-0 in the 24th minute when junior mid Piper Halliday lofted a shot outside of the penalty box over the head of Dover junior keeper Emma Smith.

“Typically, we don’t start passing until the second half,” Price said. “But the girls started off moving the ball, and it was nice looking.”

Marietta’s passing attack featured senior co-captain Maria Pfaff, sophomore mid Claire Schenkel, freshman mid Kristen Pfaff, sophomore striker Ava Limegrover, junior striker Jessica Smith , sophomore mid Harmony Huges, Chen, Halliday, and Schuck.

Dover, a 6-0 winner against West Holmes in its season opener Saturday, was stymied by the Tiger defensive unit of sophomore keeper Jocelyn Rings, senior defender and co-cap Sam Zumwalde, sophomore stopper Payton Mullen, junior sweeper Gretchen Lankford, senior right marking back Macy Kendall and freshman left marking back Katie Mannix.

The Tornadoes had one scoring threat nullified by an offsides.

Ron Johnston can be reached at rjohnston@mariettatimes.com