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SOCCER: Jags three game win streak alive after victory over T-Birds

Allen Park's Sarah Templin (#8) scored the lone goal of Thursday night's non-league game against Dearborn Edsel Ford.

The Allen Park girls’ soccer team knocked off a tough Dearborn Edsel Ford squad Thursday night 1-0 in a non-league match at home.

Sarah Templin of the Jaguars (6-5, 5-4) scored the only goal of the game, which came at the 25:28 mark of the first half and put her team up 1-0 over the Thunderbirds (8-3-1).

With a clean breakaway inside the Edsel Ford zone, Templin charged in on the T-Birds’ net and then buried the ball behind goalkeeper Marisa Sauve.

Scoring chances were limited otherwise, as Templin said the Edsel Ford defenders made it difficult to accomplish much else in their zone.

“It was tough,” Templin said. “Mostly speed got me to get past them, but they were really good ball-handling wise, so they were able to (quickly) kick it if it got away from me,” Templin said.

Although the Jags were held to just one goal, T-Birds’ Coach Lee Hunt said he was extremely frustrated with what he said was a lackluster performance from his team Thursday night.

“We played very poorly today,” Hunt said. “We played with zero patience, zero composure and it’s like we didn’t care about playing today. That’s the bottom line, it looked like we didn’t care and that’s the result, we lose to a team that we should beat.”

For Allen Park, the recipe for success was a much more defensive style of soccer than it has typically played this season, said Jags’ Coach Patrick Danz. With more girls playing back, it opened up opportunities for short, quick passes, which ultimately helped his team get the ball back to the middle of the field.

Overall, Danz was pleased with how well his team kept control of the ball throughout the contest, as he said the Jags had been plagued by turnover problems quite a bit this season.

“We possessed the ball a lot better than we have in the past,” Danz said. “That’s been one of our Achilles’ heels this year, is not keeping possession for long enough, so I thought that was a really big deal for us today.”

The T-Birds were able to manage a few good shots on Allen Park goalkeeper Monica Fraser during the game, but she turned them away each time. One of her best saves came with about 19 minutes left in the contest, as she dove far to her right to knock away what was almost a game-tying goal.

As the final minutes ticked away, Edsel Ford applied some pressure, but was unable to mount a serious threat against the Jags before time ran out.

Up next for Allen Park is another non-league home game, as the Jags will welcome Divine Child tomorrow. On Monday, the T-Birds travel to Deaborn Heights Crestwood for a league battle with the Chargers.







Last Updated: 5/10/2013 1:44:56 AM EST

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