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SOCCER: Trojans bounce back, shut out Jags
Trenton's Natalie Righetti (4) pushes past Allen Park's Annie Hayes on Monday night in Trenton. Righetti dominated the offense with one goal and an assist in the Trojans' 5-0 win over the Jags. Photo Credit: Dave Chapman
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Determined to avoid another letdown, the Trojans (7-3-3, 6-1) came out strong Monday night against Allen Park and crushed the visiting Jaguars (2-5, 2-4) by a score of 5-0.
Leading the way for Trenton was Natalie Righetti, who finished the contest with three goals and one assist.
From the start Trenton was in control as players stole passes, out-maneuvered defenders and fired several shots at Jags’ goalkeeper Monica Fraser. The Trojans got on the board quick, when Righetti scored her first goal of the evening less than three minutes into the contest.
Trenton coach Mike Hatfield said coming out aggressive was the team’s plan of attack on Monday night.
“We were very lethargic in the beginning of the Carlson game and we paid for it,” Hatfield said. “The whole point was to jump out early (on Monday), just come out and press them, put them under pressure, create the momentum, create the rhythm of the game and then go from there.”
Despite the constant pressure, the first half ended with the Trojans leading only 1-0, as Fraser played strong in goal. She also benefited from some luck, as the Trojans hit the post five times in the half.
Allen Park coach Patrick Danz said he has been impressed with Fraser so far this season, and was happy with her play Monday night, despite allowing five goals.
“She works very hard and she’s really turned herself into an excellent keeper,” Danz said. “We just need to give her some help. You get bombarded with that many shots, eventually a couple are going to go in.
“She’s great. She works so hard and she’s got such a great attitude.”
About five minutes into the second half Righetti netted her second goal of the night, which was assisted by Shelby Kohler. Approximately four minutes later the pair switched roles when Kohler scored and Righetti assisted.
Righetti said her team was able to make some key adjustments in the second half, which ultimately led to the outburst of goals.
“I think it was our composure and just waiting for the right time to pass the ball,” Righetti said. “…I think that we were a little bit eager in the first half and we kind of settled down (in) the second half and just played our game.”
With about 15 minutes left in the game Righetti made it 4-0 with her third goal of the night. Kelsey Walker got the assist.
Capping the scoring for the night was Trenton’s Kayla Czarnik, who found the back of the net with about 12 minutes left in the contest and gave her squad a commanding 5-0 lead.
For the Trojans, goalkeeper Laura Bacso earned the shutout in the game, facing only four shots from the Jags.
Trenton hosts Waterford Mott in a non-league contest on Friday while the Jags host Garden City in non-league play.
Last Updated: 4/30/2013 12:30:30 AM EST