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Freshman Marisa Shigio had her breakout game of the season in Lamar on Friday afternoon. With six shots on goal leading to three goals, her performance set the standard as the Pirates scored 11 on the Savages. One of Marisa's goals was a wonderful follow-up header as she charged the keeper and volleyed in the rebound off her forehead. With six freshmen making significant progress in this game as contributors and teammates, Marisa was the most valuable of those contributors.
With two goals, two assists and five shots on goal, Marisa had a highlight reel of a game. Though the team shared the scoring load with 10 goals and 8 assists, Marisa's anticipation off the ball and movement with the ball displayed a high level of skill and effort. She was an integral part of the attractive soccer being played by the Pirates in their seventh win in the last eight games.
Running the midfield with flair, then working out on the wing, Marisa had a confident and composed game. Recording the Pirates' second goal, she also had two shots on goal. Playing strong and deep minutes in regulation, she was a rock in all 30 minutes of overtime and double overtime.
Marisa has been selected to the CHSAA/MaxPreps All-State Honorable Mention - CHSAA/MaxPreps All-State Honorable Mention. Congratulations Marisa!
Marisa had the breakout game against the #7 ranked Salida Spartans. With the assist on the initial goal, Marisa doubled the goal tally with the Pirates second goal late in the second half. Playing strongly on and off the ball, Marisa played offense well, defended stoutly and was a leading play maker in the game. She certainly played well but, more importantly, made her teammates play better as the game progressed through the second half.
Notwithstanding her two highlight reel goals, Marisa had as complete a game as a Pirate has had this season. She constantly attacked on offense. She pressed and then tracked back to defend. And most importantly, she was the consummate play maker, contributing to passing sequences, putting the ball into advantageous positions for her teammates and generally controlling the tempo of the game. Her second goal was worthy of being seen on Sports Center. She came flying through on a corner kick and directed the ball directly through traffic into the far side netting.
The best players have big-time games in big moments and Marisa did not disappoint her teammates or the the Pirates' fans in the first round of the state tournament. At times playing under harsh physical challenges, Marisa scored two goals in a tough 3-2 loss. Both goals came off clinical finishes from assists by fellow forward Mary Brummel.
After being harshly fouled on a breakaway earlier in the contest, Marisa also provided the highlight reel moment of the match. Trailing 3-1, she finished a picture perfect goal with less than a minute remaining in the first half. And, still, she was not done for the afternoon. With St. Mary's controlling play, possession and tempo in the second half, her header over the goalkeeper was barely cleared off the goal line by a defender in the last minute of regulation. Marisa played arguably the best game of her young high school career at a critical time for the Pirates.
With a goal and an assist, as well as three shots on goal, Marisa shouldered the load for the Pirates today. Her exciting slalom run to score the fourth goal of the game was a beauty. Whether working back to help defend, or moving up to orchestrate the offense, Marisa looked like a true box to box midfielder.
Playing the orchestra conductor by leading in skills displayed and energy expended, Marisa had the most well-rounded game of any Pirate so far this season. She was a constant threat offensively, she came back and defended valiantly and was the leading play-maker for 80 minutes. Her ability to not only separate opponents from the ball when defending was complemented by her willingness to take on defenders when dribbling. It was a memorable 2-1 victory that would not have happened without Marisa on the pitch.
After statistically leading the Pirates through the first five games, Marisa did not record a goal or an assist in her player of the game performance tonight. She did, however, orchestrate a dominant central midfield performance . Along with Faith Heery, Julia Creech and Cassidy Sorensen, St. Mary's dictated tempo and pace and clearly possessed the ball the majority of both halves. Her masterful passing, adept dribbling and all around decision making made her a lock as our Player of the Game.