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Anderson captains lead by word, example

Laekyn Jaciuk leads her Anderson Titans both by word and example. She's a vocal leader on the field and is a key factor behind many of her team's wins each season.

Captains are given their position for their ability to lead the team both vocally and by example.

The Anderson girls’ soccer captains do just those things in their games and were key in the team’s season-opening win over Fordson on March 28.

The Titans traveled to Dearborn and came back to Southgate with the 3-1 win.

Laekyn Jaciuk, a junior captain, picked right back up where she left off last season as a sophomore. The power player scored two of the team’s three goals Friday afternoon, working her magic as she did all last season.

Through three games this season she has seven goals, including a hat trick in Wednesday’s mercy win over visiting Melvindale.

Senior captain Andrea Thornsberry capped the Titans’ scoring at Frodson with a goal of her own near the end of the second half.

She continued to put the great pres-sure on all evening and hit the post twice and Fordson’s goalie came up with a big save on a shot off Thornsberry’s foot.

Senior captain Cynthia Konan, along with teammate Hallie Tingstad took care of their spots on defense, holding Fordson scoreless until one was pulled up to play a higher posi-tion

“Hallie and Cynthia stopped all the shots,” Coach Larry Lankford said. “They’re gonna be brick walls back there.

“When they’re together, nobody gets a shot.”

Senior Jen Ibarra rounds out the Anderson captains in an executive way.

“Jen is like the team organizer,” Lankford said. “(She’s) the glue that keeps us together if you will.”

Lankford said he knows how im-portant his captains are to a team that has seven underclassmen.

“Laekyn and Cynthia are real leaders on the field,” he said. “They’re really vocal and it really helps the team.

“Andrea is a really quiet leader; she just does by example and she plays really hard.”

The captains led their team to a win over Cabrini on Monday and again Wednesday over Melvindale in the Downriver League opener.

Against Cabrini, Jaciuk scored twice and Thornsberry and Konan added single goals.

On Wednesday Laekyn scored a hat trick against Melvindale and Thornsberry added another to her season.

The team was scheduled to play Ann Arbor Huron on Friday and will face a tough Woodhaven team Monday.

Last Updated: 4/3/2014 6:57:48 PM EST

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