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SOCCER: Jags come from behind, top Carlson in shootout

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It took two overtimes and a shootout but in the end Allen Park was able to outlast Carlson on Monday night, defeating them 2-1.

After a hard-fought, scoreless first half, Carlson senior Joe Williams set up junior Erick Serratos on an odd-man rush for the goal to break a scoreless tie at the 36:02 mark.

The Marauders’ 1-0 lead lasted for all of 12 minutes before Allen Park sophomore Riley Arble beat Carlson goaltender Ethan Livernois for a goal from the top of the box.

Squared up at one goal apiece, the game would head into overtime where the Jaguars weren’t without their share of scoring opportunities. Senior Richard Paige hit the side of the net on a corner kick and later freshman Michael Beyst was left all alone in front of the net but fanned on the ball.

The game would head into a second overtime where Jags’ senior Zach Hill narrowly missed a game-winning goal, as he bounced a header off the crossbar just a minute into the second OT.

Allen Park Coach Brian Trionfi said the missed chances in overtime were especially frustrating because the Jags were able to generate those opportunities without junior Trent Simms, who was ejected after receiving a red card in the first OT.

“It was really tough to be down a guy. We kind of had to regroup, change our strategy and play a little bit more defensive-minded,” Trionfi said. “So then to attack the way we did and come up short was tough but we were trying to at least force the shoot out. We didn’t quit, even down a guy, and that’s all I can ask for.”

In the shootout, Allen Park scored six goals to Carlson’s five, the sixth coming off the foot of senior defender Jonathan LePage.

Allen Park goalie Brandon Curren stopped seven of the eight shots he faced during regulation and the two overtime periods, and then made a big save against junior Adam Lizyness in the shootout which led to LePage’s game winning goal.

For the Marauders, Livernois stopped seven shots in regulation and overtime and registered one extra stop in the shootout.

Trionfi said he thought that both teams were so evenly matched all night that it could have easily gone either way.

“Both teams played really hard, it was a battle back and forth,” he said. “Both teams had their opportunities and it ended up having to be decided with penalty kicks, which isn’t always the best, but we were just fortunate in the end.”

Allen Park, now 2-6, will visit Truman on Wednesday. Following the red card, Simms will miss the game and Trionfi said the team will figure out a way to discipline him in the coming days.

Carlson Coach Mario Parody said his team did not take Allen Park lightly, and he gave them credit for the win.

“I told my guys that even though Allen Park is below us in the standings, that they better not take them lightly. We play everyone as if they’re a first place team,” Parody said.

“I have to give credit to Allen Park for staying with it. They gave us a good battle. They even held their ground with a man down, we didn’t take advantage of that.”

Carlson is also now 2-6 and will take on Lincoln Park on Wednesday, a team that beat them earlier in the year.

“We have to redeem ourselves against Lincoln Park, they beat us 1-0 in overtime last time,” he said of the game. “That one was an even match, nicely fought, we just have to try to come out on top this time.”

Last Updated: 9/16/2013 11:57:08 PM EST