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SOCCER: Anderson begins quest for title repeat

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The Anderson boys’ soccer team has started off on the right foot on their quest to repeat as Downriver League champs.

The Titans are 3-0 on their season with three DRL wins.

On Wednesday, Anderson defeated Lincoln Park 8-2.

Sophomore Robbie Palazzolo got things started by scoring his first of the season just four minutes into the game.

Three minutes later Richard Hodnicki scored his first of two on a free kick, but the Rails received a penalty kick and cut the lead 2-1.

Five minutes later Lincoln Park netted a second goal for a 2-2 score at the half.

The Titans turned things around in the second half when they had five different players contribute to the scoring effort.

Hodnicki grabbed his brace and other goals came from Gio Manzella (two), Daisuke Jiminez, David Broschat and Palazzolo.

It was Manzella’s second straight two-goal game.

Assists went to Hodnicki (three), Daniel Schooner (two), Jiminez (two) and Jacob Bosley.

Anderson Coach Larry Lankford was pleased with his team for pulling ahead in the game.

“I think Lincoln Park got a little tired in the second half,” he said. “They had to play with a short bench, but that said I am very proud of our second half effort.

“After giving up the two quick goals in the first half, the team really kept its collective head together and put a very strong second half together.”

The Titans scored six goals in 38 minutes and played strong defense with keeper Ben Senior blocking a penalty kick.

“These guys really put the team ahead of individualism and it shows,” Lankford said. “Five different players scored tonight and seven players had a point in the game.

“(I’m) very happy with the effort.”

On Monday the Titans took on the Jags and defeated them 4-2.

The Jags took the first lead, scoring two goals in 20 minutes, but the Titans responded with four unanswered goals in 57 minutes for the win.

Manzella scored his two and Hodnicki and Jacob Meekins added goals of their own.

Assists went to Hodnicki (two) and Palazzolo.

Allen Park goals came from Zach Hill and Richard Paige. Both were assisted by Michael Beyst.

Lankford said he was proud of his team for the comeback win.

“You are never happy to start slow and get down, especially at home, but it was impressive that this young team did not give rattled or get down on themselves and eventually was able to gain momentum and pick up our second win,” he said.

Manzella had a strong game for the Titans, scoring both the first goal and the go-ahead goal with just under 17 minutes to play.

Meekins scored his first career goal on a free kick from 25 yards out to tie the game with less than 10 to go in the half.

In the Downriver League opener on Aug. 23, Melvindale took Anderson to overtime and the Titans were victorious 1-0.

Lankford said the game could be summed up in one word; defense.

Mike Smith, Justin Barnes, Jon Bennard, David Broschat and Schooner all played strong defense and keeper Ben Senior made three outstanding diving saves in the second half to keep the game scoreless.

“You get to just expect that from Ben,” Lankford said. “He is incredible in net.”

Six minutes into the overtime, Manzella made a run across the field and made his way to the goal. He crossed the ball to Jiminez, who slid it in for the win.

Lankford said it was just one of those games where both teams deserved to win.

“I was extremely happy with our effort tonight,” he said. “As with any young team, we certainly have some things to work on, but our boys really dug deep tonight and gritted out a very tough win.”

Before falling to Anderson, Lincoln Park had a 1-0 golden goal victory over Carlson on Aug. 23.

The goal came from Cesar Cuevas and Jose Salgado and Diego Palomino had the assists.

Coach Tommy Nuttall said his team worked hard and overcame adversity after having only two substitutes available for the first game of the year.

“Our goal keeper and defense did a great job with a shutout by keeper Dan Barraza,” Nuttall said. “Defensive leader Jose Altamiraro made many key stops on defense that saved possible goals and he even set up counter attacks.”

Carlson also fell to Trenton 3-1 on Aug. 26.

The Trojan goals came from Denny Szczechowski, Tad Davis and Brandon Gerwig.

Brendan Kozial had two assists.

On Wednesday, the Marauders got their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Kennedy.

Sophomore Lukas Todd got the scoring started four minutes into the first half and junior Shaun Kaminske capped the scoring 19 minutes into the second half.

Junior Ethan Livernois got the shutout in between the pipes and junior Damian Ovalle and sophomore Jacob Sarkody had a standout night.

Carlson also recently hosted its annual invite and played against Garden City and Chelsea.

Chelsea went home with the trophy and Carlson took second place.

Last Updated: 8/30/2013 1:51:42 PM EST