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Marietta’s Brody McGregor, 8, moves with the ball during Thursday’s soccer match against Dover at Jerry Bullock Field. Marietta won his 4-1 victory. (Photo by Jordan Holland)

DEVOLA — Marietta Boys’ soccer team’s Dillon Meagle and his teammates were still in high spirits after Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Athens in the season opener.

The Tornados felt the Tigers’ fury in Thursday’s home opener against Dover. Marietta scored behind Meagle’s hat-trick as he won 4–1. The Tigers, who are 1-1 in the season, will face Ripley on Tuesday.

Marietta put together an undefeated regular season last year, so dropping the first game of the 2022 campaign is a big blow to the team.

“The loss to Athens definitely set us on fire.” Senior Captain Meagle said. “We were undefeated last year and we were very lucky.

Meagle scored the first goal at 15:40 in the first half. He added two more in the second half.

“Dillon, he had a bit of a tough time on Tuesday night.” MHS Head Coach Todd Morris said: “We really took him into space, but he was more creative with his running. You can just finish. Hats off to Dillon.

Morris was thrilled to see his team bounce back so well from the season opener.

“To have the first win under our belt is really big for us.” He said. “I thought it was a great performance.

“Athens is always really high quality. It can be difficult to play. There are bumps along the way. Tonight I thought we were leading from the start. I thought we were in control of the possession. was there.”

Marietta had six corner kicks and eight shots on goal in the first half as the Tornados struggled to stop the Tigers offense. Orange and black finally broke through at the 25:13 mark when Maxlet scored on a penalty kick. It tied the score after Dover’s Joshua Smith found the back of the net seven minutes from a direct ball.

“Our men, to their credit, did not panic.” Morris said. “We got one back and kept playing the add-on. For a young team, I thought this was such a big step for us.”

Threat then assisted Meagle on his first goal of the night to put the Tigers up 2-1. This was the score at halftime. Without an impressive performance from Dover keeper Joey Jones, MHS’ advantage might have extended further at the break.

“It was just a question. Can we take advantage of the opportunity?” Morris said. “Their keeper played a great game. Give him credit. He was phenomenal.”

Jones finished with 10 saves in the match. Marietta’s keeper Caden Gebczyk scored his four goals.

Meagle’s two second-half goals were both assists from Nate Ketchum.

“Nate Ketchum was absolutely amazing tonight” Morris said. “His two assists against Dillon were great. He was all over midfield. He covers so many areas.”

Morris admitted that the Tigers don’t have as much depth this season as they have in years past, but their conditioning should keep it from becoming a big problem.

“We work hard in the offseason.” Meagle said. “We don’t take a break. is big

Thursday was just one victory, but it was a huge boost of confidence for the still-young Marietta team. If the Tigers can keep pushing forward all fall, the ceiling is high.

“If you click, this team can definitely win the district.” Meagle said. “We have potential. If we play the way we can, we will be a very scary team.”

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On the women’s side, Marietta played Dover on Thursday and won 2-0.

Alyssa Baker scored the first goal of the match thanks to an assist from Millie Becker, who added her own goal to complete the scoring.

Visiting Parkersburg South at 1pm on Saturday, the Tigers improved to 2-0. Dover fell 3-1.

Jordan Holland can be reached at jholland@mariettatimes.com.

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