The Marshall varsity soccer team went head-to-head with Worthington in a South Central Conference rivalry match Thursday.
Despite aggressive play by MHS in the second half, the Trojans defeated the Tigers 2-1 at The Schwan Regional Event Center
"The first time we played them we lost 6-1," Marshall head coach Andrew Larson said. "But this week has been great for us." The Tigers claimed their first victory this season, beating Fairmont 4-1 on Tuesday.
"I thought Marshall has improved since the last time we played them," Worthington head coach Smitty Ektnitphong said. "This is the kind of game that could spark a rivalry, but I thought both teams played well."
The Trojans set the momentum for the match with an early goal from Jesus Ordaz in the fifth minute. Worthington added to its lead with an unassisted goal by Victor Meza late in the first half to seal a 2-0 lead before intermission.
The Tigers came out strong in the second half with multiple shots on-goal. Worthington goalie Kody Honius held off the Tigers by making 11 saves.
Marshall's Sam Duran broke up Worthington's shutout with a goal in the 75th minute. The Tigers battled hard until the final buzzer, but were unable to tie the match.
"(Willmar and Worthington) are the top teams in our section and we are doing really well against them. It's exciting to watch our kids battle them," Larson said.
The Tigers return to action Monday when they travel to New Ulm.
Worthington 2 0 - 2
Marshall 0 1 - 1
W - Jesus Ordaz (unassisted) 5th minute
W - Victor Meza (unassisted) 32th minute
M - Sam Duran (unassisted) 75th minute
Shots on-goal: Worthington 6; Marshall 11
Saves: Worthington - Kody Honius 10; Marshall - Jackson Luther 4.