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Woodhaven blanks Gibraltar Carlson in 1st game of Downriver League season PHOTO GALLERY

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Junior Nikki May scored two first-half goals and junior Samantha Clinton had a hat trick as the Woodhaven Warriors took command early and coasted to a 6-0 win Monday evening over visiting Gibraltar Carlson in an early Downriver League showdown.

The Warriors are coming off a second-place finish in the league last year and a district title and Woodhaven Coach Scott Hoye has another talented roster to work with in 2017.

“We didn’t play very well but it could be the result of tired legs,” Hoye said. “We played three games on Saturday and also played last Wednesday. With all the games we haven’t had very much practice time which makes it hard to work on things.”

Hoye expects more continuity as the season moves along for the 3-1-1 Warriors.

“We have a lot of work to do but it’s early in the season,” he said. “Defensively, we are OK. We have to now fine tune some things and play more as a team and get ready for Melvindale on Wednesday.”

Carlson Coach Steve Briggs is looking to replace 11 seniors off last year’s team. The Marauders lost all three of their games over the weekend during their tournament.

“I invited some tougher teams to our tournament for us to get some experience,” Briggs said. “We came in here with four players out with injuries and thought we played much better in the second half. But it’s always a tough battle playing Woodhaven especially here.”

Despite being young and inexperienced, the Marauders do have some talent.

“We have a lot of sophomores on this team so we have something to build on and we have some very good players,” Briggs said. “We just have to take this talent and use together as a team.”

Carlson hosts Kennedy on Wednesday.

Clinton got the hosts on the board early on in the first half. She took a cross from Natalia Milanowski and headed it into the Carlson goal 35:08 into the game to make it 1-0.

At 25:18, the Warriors doubled their lead. May scored her first of two first-half goals at 25:18 off a corner kick to make it 2-0.

May scored again off a rebound following another corner to make it 3-0 at 13:13.

Woodhaven led 3-0 at halftime.

Clinton scored her second of the game at 14:17 of the second half with an assist from Caitlin Brown.

With 5:58 left in the game, Brown scored with an assist from May to push the lead to 5-0.

Clinton completed the hat trick with a goal in the final minutes off an assist from Brown.

Kerstyn Williams, who earned a D1 All-State Honorable Mention last spring, picked up the shutout for Woodhaven.

Last Updated: 3/28/2017 7:14:45 PM EST

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