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SOCCER: Third place Titans shut out Rails (PHOTO AND VIDEO)

Sophomore Laekyn Jaciuk scored her 13th and 14th goals of the season on Wednesday night when the Titans shut out Lincoln Park.

Despite being shorthanded Wednesday night, the Southgate girls’ soccer team coasted to an easy 5-0 victory at home against Lincoln Park.

The Titans were without senior starters Bailey Fast and Kayla Smith, which left Southgate coach Larry Lankford to rely heavily on underclassmen. For most of the game, Lankford had three freshman and four sophomores on the field against the Railsplitters (4-7, 3-5).

“I was really happy they were able to put this effort in,” Lankford said. “If the team can compete like this when we have our starters missing, that’s a good step in the right direction for the program.”

From the outset on Wednesday, the Titans took control and quickly dominated both sides of the field.

Sophomore Laekyn Jaciuk gave Southgate an early lead, scoring about 14 minutes into the game. Approximately seven minutes later she found the back of the net again and put her squad up 2-0.

Jaciuk said that charging out of the gate at full speed was exactly what Southgate had planned.

“We’ve been struggling lately, getting off to slow starts, so to get a fast start today was definitely important to us,” she said.

At the 12:41 mark of the first half, Southgate’s Andrea Thornsberry made it 3-0 when she buried a kick into the top left corner of the net.

The Titans’ second-half goals came from Jennifer Ibarra and Mary Logsdon.

Getting the ball past Rails’ goalkeeper Olivia McKinney on Wednesday was not an easy task, however.

McKinney made several dazzling saves, including two first-half stops in which she dove far to her right to grab the ball and keep it from crossing the line.

One other bright spot for Lincoln Park was that it held the Titans scoreless for nearly 30 minutes in the second half of the game. Unfortunately for the Rails, they didn’t generate any quality scoring chances during that time.

Lincoln Park coach Marge Scripter said her team has the ability to play much better than it did Wednesday evening. To start winning games, she said a more unified effort is needed from the Rails.

“There is a lot of talent on this squad,” Scripter said. “You have to come together. If you don’t come together, you’re not going to get very far. This is definitely a squad that can turn it around and come back and finish strong, I believe in that.”

For the Rails, the next chance for a victory will be Friday at Monroe. Next up for Southgate is a trip to Temperance Bedford on Saturday.











Last Updated: 5/2/2013 1:05:47 AM EST

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