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Troy Athens blanks Troy for win WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • The Troy and Troy Athens soccer teams came together to raise money for the Rose Cancer foundation this week. (Photo contributed)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Troy Athens defeats cross town Troy 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Athens High School Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)

TROY – The Troy Athens Red Hawks scored early then battled through to gain a 1-0 victory over their crosstown rivals, the Troy Colts, in girls soccer action Thursday evening.

Athens scored just 12:08 into the game when Jordyn Rauser fired a cross to the top of the penalty area that found Skyla Gebauer, and Gebauer ripped a hard low shot into the bottom left corner.

That was the only goal for either side.

The game evolved into a clash of styles as Troy attempted to possess the ball in midfield and create openings with its passing game, while Athens looked to pick off those passes and strike on the counter-attack. Both teams were able to create a few chances doing what they wanted.

Athens was most dangerous when it intercepted passes and broke quickly.

“They (Troy) pride themselves on their possession, and we spend a lot of time on transition. So what are you going to do when you pick off a pass. We had a lot of chances going forward picking off their possession late,” Athens head coach Todd Heugh said. “Our counterattack was pretty good when were able to effectively pick off their possession at midfield. When it wasn’t, then we struggled a little bit.”

Meanwhile, Troy began winning more and more 50-50 balls as the game went on. And that translated into more possession and more ability to get the ball into the middle of the field.

“We just need to finish when we’re inside the 18 (yard box) and it’s a different game,” Colts head coach Dan Troccoli said. “We were able to win the ball. That’s one of the things we talked about at halftime is we need to win 50-50 balls. We turned that around in the second half, and we were winning 50-50 balls. And it allowed us to go at them. As soon as we started to go at them, the game changed dramatically in our favor.”

But neither team was able to generate many high-quality shots as the defenses for both teams consistently stepped up to challenge the shooters and the resulting shots rarely tested either goalkeeper.

In the end, both coaches were happy with how their teams played in this rivalry game in the OAA Red.

“I thought it was a great game,” Troccoli said. “Both teams played really well, and it was intense.” He added that, “It was an incredible team effort. I think everyone played very well.”

Meanwhile, Heugh was happy to see his team close out a tight game with some solid defense.

“I’m excited for the fact that we were able to grind out a game. We haven’t grinded out a game this year, so we ground out a close game today,” Heugh said. “I’m proud of the way we defended late. I’m proud of the way we hung in there late, and it always feels good to beat your rival.”

With the win, Troy Athens improves to 8-5-1 overall and evens its division record at 2-2. The Red Hawks head north on Saturday for a non-league match up against Traverse City West.

Troy (4-5-2, 2-2 OAA Red) is also in action on Saturday when they host Grosse Pointe South.

Last Updated: 5/11/2017 10:45:49 PM EST


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