By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD – Alex Babinski scored twice and assisted on another goal, lifting the Marshfield boys soccer team to a 6-1 win over Merrill on Thursday at Griese Park.
Marshfield dominated from the start, with Babinski scoring 5:06 into the game and Thomas Kruger adding a goal at the 29:17 mark.
Marshfield scored four times in the second half after Merrill had its only score 59 seconds in.
Babinski, Jake Limmex, Leo Steiner and Luke McCann scored for the Tigers, and Nick Okon added an assist on McCann’s goal that came with 1 second remaining in the game.
Marshfield outshot Merrill 38-7 – 16-4 on goal.
Kruger had two saves and Trevyn Tham added one for the Tigers (9-7-2, 4-4-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference).
Merrill is now 1-10-2 and 0-8 in the conference.
The Tigers play at second-place D.C. Everest on Tuesday.
Tigers 6, Bluejays 1
Merrill 0 1 – 1
Marshfield 2 4 – 6
First half: 1. MAR, Alex Babinski, 5:06; 2. MAR, Thomas Kruger (Babinski), 29:17.
Second half: 3. MER, Brian Root, 45:59; 4. MAR, Babinski (Hunter McManus), 64:19; 5. MAR, Jake Limmex (penalty kick), 74:03; 6. MAR, Leo Steiner, 85:42; 7. MAR, Luke McCann (Nick Okon), 89:59.
Shots on goal: Merrill 4; Marshfield 16.
Saves: MER, Ben Medley 10. MAR, Trevyn Tham 1, Kruger 2.
Records: Merrill 1-10-2, 0-8 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 9-7-2, 4-4-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).