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Eagles rally to top Tiger soccer

September 14, 2012
Marshall Independent

In control for much of the match, the Marshall soccer team surrendered a one-goal lead to Southwest Minnesota Christian late in regulation and gave up another goal late in overtime to fall 2-1 Thursday in Edgerton.

Ethan Hart gave the Tigers an early lead in the first half when he put away a kick on a scramble in front of the Eagles' net off a corner kick.

The Tigers held a 1-0 lead at the half and kept it through much of the second half. The Eagles broke through in the 69th minute on a defensive lapse by the Tigers. Then in the 10-minute overtime, Marshall gave up a goal on a direct kick with four minutes remaining after another breakdown by the defense.

"I thought we played well enough to win," Marshall head coach Pat Johnson said, "we just had a couple of defensive lapses and that was the difference.

"We looked pretty tired there at the end and they looked like the team with more energy. We just couldn't clear a couple of balls and they capitalized on their chances."

Paul Citrowske, the team's third-string goalie, played in goal for the second straight match. Johnson said Citrowske did well in net and he couldn't have done anything about either goal.

Another strong point for the Tigers, Johnson said, was the play of Ayub Awale on defense.

The Tigers had been hoping for back-to-back victories after getting their first win of the season Tuesday against New Ulm. Instead, they drop to 1-6 overall with the loss, while the Eagles improve to 5-3 after their second straight overtime win.

Marshall will play two matches at the Albert Lea Invitational on Saturday. The Tigers' first game will be against Fairmont.



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