With a scoreless draw taking shape at halftime, the Marshall Tigers boys soccer team was ready to show St. Peter just how far it had come in three weeks.
The Saints had other plans, however, and turned that nil-nil draw into a 2-0 loss for the Tigers.
"The St. Peter coach told me after the game that he couldn't believe we were the same team," Marshall head coach Pat Johnson said.
The Tigers, who fell to St. Peter 3-0 on Aug. 25, had more success against the high-line defense of the Saints on Tuesday, but were still unable to find the netting.
"We had six or eight really good chances," Johnson said. " St. Peter has a good goalie and he played the game of his life."
With the game tied 0-0 after half time and the Tigers unable to score, St. Peter's Melic Thomas broke the tie after a scramble in front of the net. The Saints would add their second goal on a direct-kick free kick to take a 2-0 lead, which they would hold through full time.
Marshall refused to go away quietly, maintaining pressure on St. Peter's keeper.
"Our kids played their hearts out," Johnson said, "They just didn't finish their chances."
The Tigers (2-8 overall, 1-3 South Central Conference) travel to Worthington on Thursday looking to avenge a 3-1 loss to the Trojans from earlier in the season.