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Marauders throttle Stallions in MAC Blue opener VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY

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It's safe to say that Warren-Mott goalkeeper Luke Brady has come a long way over his four years as a Marauder.

Warren-Mott coach Donovan Noocha said Brady has worked extremely hard over his first three seasons in high school, and on Wednesday afternoon against visiting Sterling Heights, he showed that he's a goalkeeper to be reckoned with, stopping 15 shots, including several breakaways, leading the Marauders to a 5-2 MAC Blue Division win over the Stallions.

"Luke has been a life saver for us all season so far," Noocha said. "He's unbelievable. He has a great attitude and the transition he's made from freshman year to senior year is unbelievable. He had trouble catching the ball as a freshman. He stopped four breakaways in the first half today and two in the second half. Nothing could get by him."

Brady's day didn't start out well as Sterling Heights' Yousuf Hanna scored off a crossing pass from Alex Sekosan, giving the Stallions a 1-0 lead with 31:34 left in the first half.

The Marauders tied the game when Sever Hirmiz scored on a penalty kick, tying the game 1-1 with 27:29 left before halftime.

Warren-Mott tacked on goals by Mario Bleebos and Logan Ross in the opening half, gaining a 3-1 lead at intermission.

"The first half we came out gunning," Noocha said. "They cut our field today, but the grass is still long. Our shooting and passing has to pick up better, but hopefully when we go to turf fields it will get better."

The game was the first this season for Sterling Heights and coach Jack LaTorre said he figured his young squad would come out with some jitters.

"The first half our nerves came into play," LaTorre said. "We have a lot of young players and they haven't played with each other much. Luck wasn't on our side today."

Sterling Heights closed its deficit to 3-2 when Yohan Hanna scored off an assist by Matt Kattula with 35:49 left in the match, before the Marauders sealed the win as Savio Shaba and Hirmiz scored second-half goals.

"(Hirmiz) is a very good striker," Noocha said. "When he gets the ball a lot of things happen. Logan Ross provides a lot of things for him."

The win improved the Marauders' record to 1-3-0 overall, 1-0-0 league. Noocha said his team needs to play better defense going forward.

"Defense is our biggest struggle right now," Noocha said. "Giving up that many opportunities can't happen. We have to fix that soon."

Sterling Heights goalkeeper Emir Boskailo made nine saves in the match as the Stallions fell to 0-1-0 overall and 0-1-0 league.

"Overall for our first game, you don't want to lose, but I wasn't overly disappointed," LaTorre said. "Our attention to detail wasn't there today. The key was missed opportunities. I knew there are things we still need to work on, but Mott's a strong, physical team."

Last Updated: 9/3/2014 10:12:49 PM EST

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