DEVOLA - Warren never trailed and Marietta never led as the two high schools battled to a 2-2 tie in girls' soccer action at the Devola Soccer Complex Thursday night.
Melissa Dickerson and Emma Yabs each had a goal for the Lady Warriors (8-1-2) while Mo Robinson and Molly Josefson scored one goal apiece for the Lady Tigers (4-5-1).
MHS freshman keeper Nora Gulick, who didn't play in the first meeting in Vincent due to a concussion, made a game-saving save on a Warren shot as time was winding down.
"It's not a loss, but it feels like a loss," said Warren head coach Ekrem Eksi, whose Warren team beat MHS, 4-1, on Sept. 6 in Vincent. "We played very bad, and I'm not happy. We had so many shots, but not very good ones. Twice, we got ahead...the other team (Marietta) played hard."
Jeff Price was pleased with the outcome.
"It's not a loss," the Marietta coach said. "But it's a win for us.
Warren 2, Marietta 2
at Devola Soccer Complex
Warren (8-1-2) 1 1 - 2
Marietta (4-5-1) 1 1 - 2
W: Melissa Dickerson (13), assist Raeli Barners (6), 21st minute
M: Mo Robinson, assist Molly Josefson, 40th minute
W: Emma Yabs (1), assist Dickerson (13), corner kick, 54th minute
M: Josefson, unassisted, 71nd minute
Shots: W 13, M 8
Keeper saves: W (Janelle Barth/ Rachel Grogg) 4, M (Nora Gulick) 4
Corner kicks: W 3, M 2
Next match: Zanesville at Warren at 2 p.m. Saturday; Marietta at John Glenn at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Warren 5, Marietta 2
Marietta (7-2-1) 2 0 - 2
Warren (6-2-3) 3 2 - 5
WAR-Goals: Eli Duff 3, Alex Miller, Aaron Mazurkiewicz; Assists-Nick Koch 2, Miller 1, Ty Kroner
Saves: Cody Stanley 4
MAR-Goals; Brent Huck, Brennan Uhrig
Next match: Gallia at Warren at 7 p.m. Monday; Marietta at Zanesville at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.
"Our defense made a major step forward, and played with more confidence. And our midfielders picked it up."
Warren staked itself to a 1-0 advantage in the 21st minute of play on Melissa Dickerson's 13th goal of the season. Raeli Barnes was credited with an assist.
In the first meeting between the two schools, Dickerson, a second-team All-State honoree as a junior last season, notched a hat trick.
It looked liked Warren might have a one-goal edge at the break until with 25 seconds remaining, Robinson put the finishing touch on a Josefson pass to even the score at 1-1.
"That goal was a big confidence-builder and just what we needed," Price said.
In the second half, the action was back and forth. Early on, Warren got unlucky when Mackenzie Ullman's direct kick caromed off the right post.
But in the 54th minute, Warren regained the lead when Yabs headed home Dickerson's right-side corner kick to make it 2-1. For Yabs, it was her first Lady Warrior varsity score.
The assist was Dickerson's 13th of the campaign.
Marietta, however, battled back, and and got a score from Josefson when Warren's defenders were unable to clear the ball out.
In the closing minute of play, Warren went on the attack, and nearly got the go-ahead and potential game-winner on a point blank shot by Natalie O'Dell. But Gulick was perfectly positioned to knock the ball down and away.
"That was a great save by Nora," Price said. "She's improving as we go along."
VINCENT - Eli Duff had the scoring touch, notching a hat trick in a 5-2 triumph over visiting Marietta in boys' soccer action Thursday night.
Alex Miller and Aaron Mazurkiewicz added one score apiece for the Warriors (6-2-3), who avenged a 1-0 setback to the Tigers at Don Drumm Stadium earlier this month.
Nick Koch had two assists, and Ty Kroner and Miller one apiece for the winners.
Warren keeper Cody Stanley was credited with four saves.
"We played really well tonight," said second-year Warren head coach Andrew Johnson. "We had a good week of practice and finally showed up to play a good game."
Warren staked itself to a 3-0 advantage on a goal by Miller and two scores by Duff.
But Todd Morris-coached Marietta rallied and tallied two scores, one by Brent Huck and another by Brennan Uhrig, to trail 3-2 at the intermission.
Duff and Mazurkiewicz each had a second-half goal as the Warriors won going away.