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SOCCER: Titans work in first half leads to victory over Flat Rock

Anderson's Sarah Kircos held the visiting Rams to just one goal in Friday night's contest. Kircos made 11 saves on the night, en route to the Titans' 5-1 victory.

The Southgate Anderson girls’ soccer team did all of its scoring in the first half of Friday night’s game against Flat Rock and cruised to a 5-1 victory in a non-league match.

For the host Titans (9-5-4, 6-3), the five-goal attack was accomplished without leading scorer Laekyn Jaciuk, who was out with an injury. She is expected to return to the lineup next week, however.

Anderson Coach Larry Lankford, who used four freshmen and four sophomores in the game, said the Titans executed well together, as a team, and deserved the big victory.

“In the first half we passed the ball around; moved it really well, Lankford said. “I thought we looked fantastic. They earned it. They really earned this one.”

Haley Pawlowski got things started for the Titans on Friday, as she put her team up 1-0 with a goal early in the first half.

The Rams briefly tied the game with a goal by Sarah Wrase, but Anderson’s Jennifer Ibarra answered soon after and reclaimed the one-goal advantage.

At the 24:50 mark of the half, Anderson freshman Samantha Darrell found the back of the net, which extended the team’s lead to 3-1.

Before the half was over, Anderson’s Andrea Thornsberry added two more goals, which gave the squad a commanding 5-1 advantage. The junior scored her first goal at the 15:33 mark and netted the second with about three minutes left in the half.

Thornsberry said the Titans set out to take control of the game early in hopes of giving more players a chance to rotate in later in the contest.

“We just wanted to get a lead so we could play some of our other girls and just have a good time,” she said.

Flat Rock came out with more intensity in the second half, as the Rams succeeded more often in keeping the ball away from the Titans.

The Rams were able to create more scoring chances in the final 40 minutes; however, Titan goalkeeper Sarah Kircos turned everything away in what was nearly her eighth shutout of the 2013 campaign.

Flat Rock Coach Mike Wagner said the difference in his team’s play between the first and second half was somewhat indicative of how the squad’s season has gone so far.

“The problem is that we’re kind of inconsistent,” Wagner said. “Some games we play really well, like we did in the second half here. Some games we come out and don’t really show up for it.”

The next chance for a Rams victory will be Wednesday when they travel to Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central for a Huron League battle.

Up next for Anderson is a home game Monday against Downriver League heavyweight Trenton.









Last Updated: 5/11/2013 8:10:21 PM EST

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