ZANESVILLE - The Marietta High boys' soccer team bounced back from its setback to Warren last Thursday with a 1-0 triumph over host Zanesville in an East Central Ohio League match Tuesday night.
"We played much better tonight then we played in Vincent last Thursday night," said Tiger head coach Todd Morris. "I was worried how we would respond from that - but we kept everything positive and had the right focus to come in and beat a very good Zanesville team on their home field."
MHS improved to 8-2-1 on the season and moved one step closer to repeating as ECOL champions. With the win, the Tigers sit alone atop the conference with a 5-0-1 record.
Jacob Holdren scored the lone goal of the match when he knocked in a Skylar Miracle corner kick in the 15th minute of play.
Goalkeeper Eric Pierce came up huge again for the Tigers, recording 10 saves on the night, including a couple of diving saves in the first half to preserve the victory.
The second half was played in a torrential downpour, as both teams struggled with its touches and possession.
But the Tigers were strong defensively and held on for the win.
Marietta outshot Zanesville 14-10 on the night.
Marietta is at Parkerburg South Wednesday night with a 5 p.m. JV and 7 p.m. varsity start time. MHS returns home to host River View on Saturday night with a chance to wrap up its second consecutive ECOL Championship.