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Anderson knocks off host Fordson in season-opener

  • Laekyn Jaciuk scored two of her team's three goals in Friday's win over Fordson. The Titans knocked off host Fordson 3-1.

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In a season opener teams get a feel for what they need to work on and what they are pretty satisfied with to start the year.

That was the case for the Anderson and Fordson soccer teams who squared off on Friday.

The cold weather returned to the afternoon air, but both teams battled through and Anderson left Dearborn with a 3-1 win.

The Titans took a 3-0 lead before Fordson got on board in the second half.

Laekyn Jaciuk got things started with a goal early in the first. She added a second goal with 13:28 to go and Andrea Thornsberry punched one in with 1:55 to go in the first half for a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes.

“I was really impressed with how we worked the ball around the first half,” Anderson Coach Larry Lankford said. “The defense played phenomenal.”

Anderson lost a few players in the second half but still held on for the win.

“With the three starters that had to leave at halftime today, it changed the flow of the game, but I still think our defense did well,” Lankford said. “I think we held them to two shots.

“I’m still happy we got the win. I’m looking forward to seeing the team progress together and having everyone on the field in the next game.”

Fordson came out a bit stronger in the second half and scored almost seven minutes into the game with an arching shot into the net.

Coach Wedad Budop said she encouraged her team to get past Anderson’s size and start playing their own game.

“We started off pretty slow,” she said. “We really didn’t use any team chemistry (and) we didn’t pass the ball.

“As soon as we started playing our game and using each other and passing the ball and communication, we did to a lot better.”

Budop said the game helped her team realize what they need to work on both offensively and defensively this season.

“Mentally we had a little breakdown, and that’s something that as the season goes on, we’ll work on,” she said. “As soon as we started playing our game, we realized, okay, we have just as much skill as they have (and) we did start playing more of our Fordson soccer game.”

On the other side of the field, Lankford was pleased with his team’s defense.

“We’ve gotta work on our offense a little bit, but I think our defense is really strong,” he said. “I think that’s gonna help us a lot this year.”

Last Updated: 3/28/2014 7:51:10 PM EST