September 3, 2013
Marathon nips Afton for crown
MARATHON — Cienna Morrison scored a pair of goals and that was good enough for Marathon Central to claim the championship game of its own season-opening tournament Saturday
Morrison scored once in each half as the Olympians took the title game 2-1 over long-time Section 4 rival Afton. Marathon is now 2-0 on the season, Afton falls to 1-1.
Morrison scored an unassisted goal with 16:44 left in the first half to give the home team the lead. The senior netted her second goal with 8:30 left in the contest. Eryn Griep picked up the assist on the penalty-corner set for a 2-0 Olympian cushion.
Afton made things interesting with under five minutes to play. That would be the only goal the Crimson Knights could muster as Marathon really controlled play for the most part.
“We made a number of switches once we were up 2-0 to see how different players would do in certain positions,” Marathon coach Karen Funk said. “Marissa Harris, Alyx Kirchner, Shalind Hall and Caroline Chaffinch did not allow a ball in the circle during the first half and did another great job defensively. Afton scoring late made the girls refocus and that was good to see.”
The Olympians took 16 shots while Marathon goalkeeper Alison Eaton stopped two of the three shots she faced.
Marathon does not play again until Sept. 10 , traveling to Spencer-Van Etten for a 4:15 p.m. contest.
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