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Cabrini's Domenic Fusco scored a goal for the Monarchs Thursday afternoon in his squad's 3-1 win against Truman. Photo by Dave Chapman

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SOCCER: Cabrini bounces Truman in non-league action (PHOTO)

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Cabrini welcomed Truman Thursday afternoon for a non-league battle and knocked off the visiting Cougars 3-1.

For the Monarchs (5-4, 4-2 CHSL Tri-Sectional) Matt Bartnicki scored about 10 minutes into the game to give his team a 1-0 lead against Truman (4-5, 4-4 Downriver League)

However, neither squad was able to generate much of an offensive attack throughout the rest of the first half.

About two minutes into the second half, Ramiro Sauceda netted a goal for the Cougars to tie it up 1-1.

Cabrini countered later in the half with two unanswered goals, as Domenic Fusco and Steven Banghart both found the back of the net and the home team walked off with the 3-1 victory.

Heading into the contest, Cabrini had been in a bit of slump, with recent losses to Shrine and Belleville among its struggles.

Bartnicki said that grabbing the early lead, with his first-half goal, was a factor in getting the Monarchs back on track this season, especially against what was a tough Cougars team on Thursday.

“I think that did get us on a little bit of a roll, (which) we’ve been lacking the last couple of games,” he said. “It was a hard-fought battle. (Truman) always plays hard.”

Cabrini Coach Frank Mlodzik said he was pleased with the victory, but he had still hoped to see a better overall effort from his squad for a full 80 minutes.

“It was nice to get the three goals and to get the win, although I thought we were a little lackluster starting out of the gate,” he said. “In the end it’s nice to get the 3-1 win, but I kind of wish we would’ve played a little bit better.”

On other side, Truman had come into the game on the heels of some recent success, which included shutouts against Kennedy, Anderson and Allen Park in DRL play.

Cougars Coach Gary Glitz said his team didn’t play at the same high level Thursday as it had in those recent contests.

“It wasn’t our best game, that’s for sure,” he said. “We were very uninspired today. The effort really wasn’t there for us.

“I didn’t see the same team I’ve seen the last three games. These guys, they knew it at the end of the game that they hadn’t played as well as they can.”

Up next for the Monarchs is another home game, as they’ll welcome Detroit Cristo Rey on Saturday afternoon for a league battle. Next on the schedule for Truman is a trip to Woodhaven on Wednesday to take on the DRL powerhouse Warriors.

Last Updated: 9/19/2013 9:53:26 PM EST