MARSHALL — Marshall’s Phil Delapas and Garrett Surls each scored goals as the Redhawks took down the visiting Eaton Rapids Greyhounds 2-1 in the first round of Division 2 district play on Tuesday night at Marshall High School.
“It was a strange game,” said Marshall assistant coach Glenn Cashman. “We stuck to our plan. They had chances and we missed some chances, but we won and we’re happy. Our guys played hard.”
Some of the strange things that coach Cashman alluded to included an injured referee who ran into a spectator while running along the sideline, a yellow card given to Eaton Rapids’ head coach, as well as three other yellow cards handed out to Eaton Rapids players.
“Those things usually don’t happen,” said Cashman. “I just think with districts everything is more elevated.”
As for the actual gameplay, Marshall started off the game with several scoring opportunities. Delapas thought he had the game’s first goal with about 26 minutes remaining in the first half, but was called for an offside penalty. Seconds later he had another chance at the net, but hit the crossbar.
However, with 8:26 left in the half, Delapas kicked a ball that snuck just under the diving Greyhound goalkeeper and into the net to give Marshall a 1-0 lead. Andrew Shippell picked up the assist on the goal.
Five minutes into the second half, Delapas found himself with the ball again, this time on a two-on-one breakaway. As he neared the goal and drew the goalkeeper out of the net, Delapas passed the ball to his teammate Surls, who guided the ball into the goal for an easy score, increasing the Redhawks’ lead to 2-0.
The lead wasn’t safe yet, though. With 29-minute left in the game, Eaton Rapids scored off of a direct free kick following a Marshall penalty. Chase Coss kicked the ball from well beyond the 18-yard line and it slipped passed all defenders and into the net, closing the gap to 2-1.
The final 20 minutes of the game produced three yellow cards for Eaton Rapids, including one to their coach and one to their goalkeeper. Amidst all of that, though, the Greyhounds did manage to have several shots on goal in an attempt to tie the game, but came up short as the final buzzer sounded with Marshall ahead 2-1.
Kurt Kraushaar had nine saves in goal for the Redhawks.
With the victory, the Redhawks advance to take on Charlotte at Mason High School at 5 p.m. on Thursday. During the regular season, Marshall defeated Charlotte in a 2-1 game.
Charlotte advanced to the second round of districts via an overtime win against Parma Western on Tuesday.
“(Charlotte is) ready to play so we’ve gotta be prepared, 100 percent,” Cashman said.