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SOCCER: Carlson tops Edsel Ford (PHOTO)

Photo by Dave Chapman.

With rain coming down and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Friday night, the Gibraltar Carlson girls’ soccer team knocked off visiting Edsel Ford 2-0 in a non-league match.

Added to the miserable weather mix were strong winds, which made it feel about 10 degrees colder.

For the Marauders (3-2), however, braving such elements is nothing new, as Carlson coach Steve Briggs has held every team practice outdoors so far this year.

“This has been our season since day one,” said Briggs of Friday’s weather conditions. “A lot of teams have been inside practicing. Every day we’ve been outside. We have never been inside. I believe we may have had the benefit (tonight)…I think we were more acclimated.”

The Marauders and Thunderbirds (3-2-1) played to a scoreless tie in the first half, with neither team getting many good scoring opportunities.

Edsel Ford was awarded a penalty kick late in the first half, which was taken by Kinsey Burnett. Unfortunately for the T-Birds, the junior’s attempt sailed over the net.

For much of the contest, Edsel Ford did seem to have the upper hand when it came to controlling the ball, but was unable to cash in when it counted most.

“We just couldn’t finish our chances, plain and simple,” said Edsel Ford coach Lee Hunt. “We had a ton of opportunities; we just didn’t put the ball away.”

Action picked up in the second half, as Carlson began adding more pressure in the Edsel Ford zone.

The scoreless tie was finally broken at the 21:49 mark of the second half, as Carlson’s Chelsea Stefanic got one by T-Birds’ goalkeeper Marisa Suave.

Kristina Torres quickly added to the Marauders’ lead scoring at the 19:09 mark and put her team up 2-0.

Torres said that Carlson benefited when the teams switched sides in the second half, as having the wind at its back made a big difference. She also said the advantage of the strong gusts was something the opposition could have capitalized upon in the first half, but didn’t.

“I think it was mostly the wind for us, but then again they had the wind the first half and they didn’t get anything out of it. I think we wanted it more.”

With time winding down, the T-Birds were unable to get on the scoreboard. Strong play by Carlson goalkeeper Hannah Badura, along with tough defense by the Marauders, preserved the shutout.

The Marauders play again Saturday morning, on their home field, as part of a tournament being hosted at the school. Edsel Ford will be in action again Monday with a 6 p.m. home game against Garden City High School.

Last Updated: 4/20/2013 11:48:03 AM EST

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