The Marshall girls’ soccer team won their fourth straight district championship Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Jackson Lumen Christi Titans.
With the win, the Redhawks advance to Tuesday’s Division 3 regional semifinal match against Williamston.
Marshall (13-6-1) has four senior captains who have been members of the varsity squad for each of the four district titles in Kelsey Postema, Tierra Orban, Sydney Reichenbaugh and Lauren Feasel.
“It’s been a great run,” said Marshall head coach Adrian Harkey. “The four senior captains have just been awesome. They’ve been the foundation of this group.”
In each of their previous three seasons, the Redhawks have been knocked out of the playoffs in their regional semifinal contest, so this year they will be looking to break that streak.
“The girls really want more this year,” said Harkey. “They’re happy, but they’re not satisfied.”
Less than six minutes into the game, senior captain Reichenbaugh scored an unassisted goal to give the Redhawks an early advantage.
“It was a really good feeling (to score early in the game),” said Reichenbaugh. “We get so much more energy as soon as we score, so I knew we’d pick up a lot of our energy.”
Midway through the first half, a ball kicked by junior Anyah Preston deflected off of the Titan’s goalkeeper and into the net, resulting in a 2-0 lead for Marshall. Junior Shannon Hicks picked up the assist on Preston’s goal.
The score remained 2-0 until there were just six minutes remaining in the contest, when Hicks made a perfect pass in front of the net for sophomore Audrey Myers, who guided the ball into the net for the Redhawks’ third and final goal of the afternoon.
Marshall goalkeeper Postema, who is committed to play at Oakland University, posted the shutout in her return to the net after missing the last four games with an ankle injury.
“We felt really confident (coming into this game),” said Harkey. “We had a really tough schedule down the stretch on purpose, and it really prepared us and got us ready.
“I knew if we played well today, we’d have a great chance to win, and we played very well. (Jackson Lumen Christi) always has a great program…so it’s a nice win for us.”
At Middleville Thornapple Kellogg
Gull Lake 3, Thornapple Kellogg 0: Defending Division 2 state champion and second-ranked Gull Lake captured another district title behind goals from Riley Wisser, Hannah Phommavongsa and Amanda Pavletic. Also for the Blue Devils (20-1-1), Wisser and Sydney Nikitas had an assist apiece, while Maggie Harma made nine saves to earn the shutout. Gull Lake advances to host the regional on Wednesday against Stevensville-Lakeshore.
Quincy 4, Jonesville 2: Quincy advances to the regional semifinal at Kalamazoo College on Tuesday, where it will take on third-ranked Kalamazoo Christian.
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