MARIETTA - With four games scheduled against quality opponents in a span of just eight days, Marietta Tiger soccer coach Todd Morris had hoped his squad could build some momentum as the high school soccer season moves into the second half of play.
Three quarters of the way through, the orange and black have done exactly that after defeating the visiting Parkersburg South Patriots 1-0 Thursday evening at the Devola Soccer Complex.
The win comes on the heels of Tiger victories over Athens (5-2) last Saturday and an East Central Ohio League win over New Philadelphia (2-1) on Tuesday.
Junior Max Suckel converted his 12th goal of the season off of a great assist from Ryan Teer to provide MHS will all the offense they would need in the win over the Patriots.
With just under 20 minutes to go in the game Teer fought to keep the ball in play down the left corner before sending the ball to the middle where Suckel beat PSHS goal keeper Adam Colteryahn for the games lone goal.
Perhaps the best shot at a Patriot goal came with 13 minutes to play in the first half when Franklin Miller's shot was slightly off the mark after a nice send from Brad Emerick.
The Tigers missed on a couple of more scoring opportunities in the opening half when Suckel's shot with 11 minutes to play was blocked by Colteryahn while Teer's shot on goal with seven minutes to play sailed just over the goal.
Colteryahn would spend much of the second half protecting the net as the Tigers had at least five quality looks at the goal but each time the sophomore goalie rose to the occasion.
Colteryahn came up with 11 keeper saves in the game while Tiger senior keeper and captain Eric Pierce had seven.