The third time was the charm for both Tullahoma and Marshall County on Monday, as the pair of teams had their last two matches postponed due to weather.
Jose Leyva-Solorio dominated for the Wildcats, netting four scores at home for Tullahoma, including a first-half hat trick. An early goal in the second period allowed Marshall County to avoid the shutout, but Tullahoma secured the 4-1 victory.
Less than three minutes into Monday’s matchup, Leyva-Solorio put the Wildcats in front with an early score. After getting the ball on the left side of the field, he was able to fire off a shot that hit off the Tigers’ goalkeeper’s hands and into the back of the net with 37:15 left in the first half.
Nearly four minutes later, Leyva-Solorio added Tullahoma’s second goal of the game. This time, he received the ball in transition, breaking away from Marshall County’s defense, easily scoring with 33:40 remaining in the opening period.
After being held scoreless for nearly 30 minutes, Leyva-Solorio completed his hat trick with 4:09 left in the first half. After receiving a pass near the goal, Leyva-Solorio was able to slide kick the ball into the back of the net, giving his team a 3-0 halftime advantage.
Tullahoma had an early scoring opportunity in the second half. However, the ball was deflected out of goal by Marshall County goalkeeper Alfredo Granados.
The Tigers took quick advantage, marching quickly downfield. Erick Granados received the pass on the right side of the field, firing off a shot that found the left side of the net, cutting Marshall County’s deficit to 3-1 with 35:53 remaining in the match.
After dominating possession the remainder of the period, Tullahoma added one final score with 6:19 left in the contest. Leyva-Solorio got possession on the right side of the field and worked his way closer and closer to the goal. From there, he was able to find the bottom left corner of the net, putting the Wildcats in front 4-1.
The entire night, Tullahoma dominated ball possession, firing off 15 shots in the match, 11 of which were on target. Eight of those shots for the Wildcats took place in the second half, with six of those being on frame.
Marshall County saw its touches limited in the loss, firing off just five shots, three of which were on target.
On Tuesday, Tullahoma (7-4-1, 3-2) was scheduled to head to Page for a district matchup. However, as of press time, the result of that contest was unavailable.
On Friday, Tullahoma is slated to host Spring Hill for a 6 p.m. contest. That match is also senior night, as the team will honor its senior players at halftime.