VINCENT - In the first game since its match against Parkersburg High was postponed due to weather last week, the Warren soccer team was able to claw for a 1-0 victory over Athens Tuesday.
It was a hard fought battle all throughout the game, and both teams were stingy defensively.
"I really liked our defense," said Warren head coach Andrew Johnson. "Aaron Mazurkiewicz especially at sweeper. He played really well, and took over as a leader back there."
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Warren’s Nick Koch (7) foot dribbles by an Athens player during prep boys soccer action in Vincent Tuesday night. Koch scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Bulldogs.
It took 32 minutes and four seconds into the second period, but the scoreless tie finally ended when Nick Koch booted one into the left side of the net. Alex Miller had an assist on the play.
Miller dribbled up the left side of the field and set Koch up with a nice opportunity.
"Offensively, I think we're coming along a little bit," Johnson said. "Alex and Nick played good together."
Warren had control of the ball the majority of the game. The Warriors outshot the Bulldogs 15-5. Keeper Cody Stanley had all five saves for Warren.
"It's good to get a W," Johnson said. "We still have a long way to go. There is a lot to work on, but I'm happy we got a win. The defense looked good. We had a good game. Athens is always pretty strong."
Happy about the win, Johnson noted that there is room for improvement.
"We need to work on finishing," Johnson said. "In the middle, we're kind of hit or miss. If we're all in the middle, we're on. Every once in awhile we just kind of disappear, and that can't happen in a game."
The Warren junior varsity team was also victorious by a score of 2-0. Jacob Riffle scored both goals for the Warriors.
The Warriors improved to 1-0 on the season and are back in action Thursday when they host Chillicothe.
Marietta 0, Dover 0
DOVER - In ECOL action, the Marietta Tigers finished with a scoreless tie against Dover in their season opener.
"For the opening game, on the road, we'll take the result," said Marietta head coach Todd Morris. "Obviously a lot to work on but we saw a lot of positives that we can build on tonight."
Dover outshot the Tigers 11-10. Eric Pierce had all 11 saves for Marietta, while Matt Pleshinger had eight of the 10 saves for Dover.
"Solid effort defensively for us," Morris said. "Eric Pierce had an outstanding game in goal. Best game I have seen Eric play. He kept us in the game and made a couple of saves that saved the game for us."
Marietta is now 0-0-1 both overall and in league play.
"Tough, tough game to open our season on the road in a conference game in a hostile environment," Morris said. "Very proud of the effort that we gave tonight."
The Tigers are back in action Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. road match against Athens.
Marietta 6, Dover 3
DOVER - Molly Joseffson scored six goals in her debut as a Marietta High girls' soccer player as the Lady Tigers posted a 6-3 triumph over host Dover Tuesday night.
The foreign exchange student from Sweden had three scores apiece in each half.
Alyssa Hill was credited with two assists, and Katie Miller and Maddie Myers each had one for the orange and black booters.
MHS keeper Nora Gullick recorded seven saves.
The Lady Tigers are scheduled to play the Parkersburg Big Reds at PHS Stadium Field at 6 p.m. tonight.
This contest was originally slated to be played at the Devola Soccer Complex but the field there is not ready for play.
Marietta 6, Dover 3
Marietta (1-0) 3 3 - 6
Dover (n/a) 0 3 - 3
M: Molly Joseffson, unasisted
Assists: Alyssa Hill 2, Katie Miller 1, Maddie Myers 1.
MHS keeper: Nora Gullick 7
Next game: Marietta at PHS at 6 p.m. today.