The Marshall soccer team placed third at the Albert Lea Invitational Saturday behind a strong offensive effort by senior Trevor Johnson.
The Tigers dropped their opening game to Section 2A power Fairmont 2-1. The Cardinals went on to win the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Albert Lea and have only dropped one match all season.
Johnson had the Tigers' lone goal in the loss, heading in a lead pass from Ethan Hart from about 18 yards out to give Marshall a 1-0 lead in the first half. Fairmont tied the score before half and went on to win thanks to a goal with 10 minutes left to play.
"It was a great game, both coaches said it could have gone either way," Marshall head coach Pat Johnson said. "Our defense showed good speed and really shut down a high-scoring offense."
The Tigers took on Schaeffer Academy of Rochester in the second match and won 3-1 thanks to a hat trick by Trevor Johnson. The two teams were knotted in a scoreless tie at halftime before Johnson broke through for three goals in the second half.
Marshall's first goal came when Megan Vogl stole the ball and placed a perfect lead pass to Johnson, who easily beat the goalkeeper. Schaeffer tied the match five minutes later, but Johnson scored two more goals on assists from Hart and Bilal Ali to give Marshall the win.
"Excellent progress for this stage of the season," Pat Johnson said. "Improved defensive coverage by our backs and midfielders, backed up by superb goalkeeping by Paul Citrowske (making his fourth appearance in goal).
"On the offensive end, we are getting better scoring chances for more players. Trevor continues to lead the way, and his hat trick was a milestone, as it's been quite a few years since Marshall soccer had one of those."
The Tigers return to action Tuesday against Saint Peter, then conclude a six-game road stretch Thursday in Worthington.