Marietta High enjoyed another banner boys' soccer season in the East Central Ohio League.
The Tigers have now notched two championships in their two years in the league, going unbeaten at 5-0-2 this past fall. Last season, they were 6-0-1.
"We had another nice run through the league, and one of our goals was to repeat as conference champions, which we were able to accomplish," said MHS boss Todd Morris, who was named the 2012 ECOL Coach of the Year.
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Marietta High’s Brennan Uhrig (9) questions the ref during last month’s sectional boys soccer final action against host Warren. Uhrig and Tiger teammate Brent Huck (5) were recently selected as All-East Central Ohio League honorees. Marietta’s Holden Weihl (3) observes.
Another Marietta goal was to win the sectional, but the orange and black booters came up short there, dropping a 2-1 overtime setback to arch-rival Warren in Vincent.
During regular-season play, the Tigers split with the Warriors, winning 1-0 and losing 5-2.
MHS finished the campaign with an 11-4-3 overall mark.
In ECOL play, Marietta was the team to beat with players like Brent Huck, Eric Pierce, Brennan Uhrig, Jacob Holdren, Tanner Rake, and Skylar Miracle all earning league honors.
Huck was the Tigers' top offensive player with nine goals and three assists. A gritty performer, the junior captain and midfielder competed in the sectional tournament after having suffered a knee injury in the last regular-season match.
He was first team All-ECOL.
"Brent is a hard worker, who plays hard all the time," Morris said.
Pierce, also a first-teamer and team captain, was a solid goal-keeper between the pipes, recording 113 saves and being credited with seven clean sheets.
"Eric made some clutch saves for us during the season to keep us in games and to preserve some wins," Morris said.
Uhrig and Holdren also were first team All-ECOL.
Uhrig, a versatile player on the pitch at several positions, finished with five goals and one assist. He also played a lot on defense. "He was a great captain and all-around player," Morris said. "He was willing to play anywhere on the field."
Holdren, a junior midfield playmaker, had six scores and a team-leading seven assists.
"Jacob sees the field well and is good with the ball at his feet," Morris said.
Rounding out the All-ECOL squad for Marietta, Rake, a junior defender with two goals and one assist, made the second team, and Miracle, a junior mid with three scores and four assists, was honorable mention.
"Tanner's a solid defender," Morris said. "And Skylar scored some big, key goals for us this season."
All six of Marietta's All-ECOL honorees are expected to return next season.
Notes: River View keeper Matthew Pryor was named the ECOL Player of the Year...The 2012 All-ECOL girls' soccer team was not available at press time.