Cardinals' season ends in shutout loss to Marshall

JOSEPH "PEE WEE" PETTY/The Mayfield Messenger

Cardinal Jesus Carmona (20) fights a Marshal for possession in Mayfield's 6-0 loss to Marshall County on Tuesday night.

The Mayfield Cardinals season came to an end on Tuesday night after a hard fought 6-0 loss to the Marshall County Marshals in the semi finals of the boys' Second District Tournament.

On a night where positives were few and far between, Mayfield goalkeeper Diego Juarez churned out a stellar performance, recording 18 saves despite allowing 6 goals.

Marshall County came out firing early, taking multiple shots on the net despite coming up empty through the first 10 minutes of action.

Shortly after two missed scoring chances, the Marshals connected on their first goal, a difficult strike by Bryson Penn put Marshall County up 1-0 in the 20th minute.

The Cardinals attempted to tighten their defense before the end of the half but succumbed to another goal before the break as Penn connected once again.

Faced with a 2-0 deficit at the half, the Cardinals regrouped looking for their chance to cut the lead in half coming out of the break.

Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned.

Just 3 minutes into the second half of play Marshall County midfielder Collin Riley extended the Marshal's lead to 3-0.

11 minutes later, Penn netted his third of the day, completing the hat trick, and extending the Marshal's lead to 4-0.

In the end, Marshall County would score two more goals in route to a 6-0 win over Mayfield.

Cardinal head coach Luis Fabian was proud of his team's effort despite the loss.

"We knew Marshall was not going to be easy," Fabian said. "A lot of people thought we would play one game in districts like last year but we fought and just came up short to Marshall, they're always the team to beat."

The Cardinals finish the season with a 6-9-3 record overall and will look to rebuild during the off-season as they graduate just four seniors.