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SOCCER: Trenton shuts out Carlson, stays atop DRL
Trenton's Natalie Righetti pushes past Carlson's Jenni Simmons during Wednesday's game in Trenton. Righetti scored in the first half of the contest to give the Trojans a lead they never let up. It was her 99th goal of her career. Photo: Dave Chapman
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The two met again on Wednesday night and it was the Trojans who had the upper had in a 2-0 win.
It was a hard fought game and both teams battled hard throughout the contest but a Trojan goal in each half gave Trenton the win to keep them atop the Downriver League standings.
With the loss, the Marauders moved to fourth place.
Trenton powerhouse Natalie Righetti got the scoring started with just under 27 minutes to go in the first half.
It was her 99th goal of her career.
The Trojans fired shot after shot on net but Carlson keeper Hannah Badura and the rest of the defense proved strong and kept the game close.
Trenton Coach Mike Hatfield said the very organized Carlson defense prevented his team from building goals.
“We didn’t get to build any goals big time,” Hatfield said. “We had building going but building inside the box we weren’t able to do.
“They (Carlson) were able to recover, they were able to shield. Their keeper was a good job coming off her line and winning it.
“Until my girls can extremely learn how to deal with teams that defend really well, we’re gonna be in all these games.”
Trenton added an insurance goal with 35 to go in the second half when Megan Benoist picked up a rebound and made it a 2-0 game.
The Marauders never gave up and fought right down to the final seconds in an attempt to add a goal of their own and had a few key scoring opportunities.
“They’ve got good enough athletes up top, they could have made it 2-1,” Hatfield said. “You make a game 2-1, energy starts to spark and all of the sudden we get a little down and they get a little up and the tide can turn.”
Overall, Hatfield was pleased with his team’s performance and said although they had their moments when they died down; they started off on the right foot.
“We usually start off very lethargic so to kind of get the pep going and to get that spark, I think that’s a good move for us as a team,” Hatfield said.
Carlson Coach Steve Briggs was disappointed with the loss but said it was still an intense game.
“They wanted it more than we wanted it this time,” Briggs said. “We didn’t do anything differently this time, except we came to play last time. We didn’t come to play this time (and) they did.
The Marauders knew the Trojans would come ready and it would be another intense battle.
“I knew they wanted revenge,” Briggs said. “They (my girls) knew they wanted revenge. They came in wanting to play hard and they didn’t.
“They didn’t play as hard as I know they can; they’re a much stronger team. Trenton’s a good team, I’m not taking anything away from Trenton whatsoever, but we were not on our game.”
Hatfield said it wasn’t so much revenge for his team, but rather looking at the overall picture.
“The girls were not happy losing to them last time,” Hatfield said. “They were more upset than I was to be fair.
“I think it’s good for teams to lose going into the tournament. It’s kind of a reality check.”
Hatfield said he told his girls before the game to apply mental pressure early.
“My basic talk was you have to really apply pressure,” he said. “Put them under mental pressure. (And) they didn’t turn the ball over and we scored, so they did a really good job of handing that.
“That was my pre-game speech. Apply pressure real quick. Leaders lead, everybody else follows. And they did that.”
Hatfield said the win was good for his team because it is momentum heading into the Downriver tournament and it was a special win for the seven seniors on senior night.
The Trojans have a big week coming up when they face Anderson and Monday and Woodhaven on Wednesday.
The Warriors are tied with Trenton for first place in the league and the last time the teams met, the Trojans handed Woodhaven their only league loss of the season.
“I’m not getting the girls amped up to play on Wednesday, even though it’s mentally there,” Hatfield said. “It’s gonna be very hard for me in the next four days to get them to not think about Wednesday.
“To get them to focus on Monday, one game at a time and get us keep moving and keep building.”
The Marauders will face Woodhaven on Monday after taking on Kennedy in a makeup game tomorrow.
Briggs expects the game against the Warriors to be exciting.
“Woodhaven’s at home,” he said. “My girls are tough at home.
“Nobody really comes into Carlson and doesn’t have a big old fight. I know they’ll come together. Four days will heal a lot of stuff (and) we’ll get there.”
Last Updated: 5/8/2013 11:24:58 PM EST