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It didn’t take long for the Titans to get into their midseason form in their Downriver League opener last week.

Just 28 seconds into the Downriver League opener for both Anderson and Melvindale, Titan senior Jen Ibarra found the back of the net and Anderson cruised to the 8-0 mercy win. It was the first of Ibarra’s two goals in the night.

Melvindale keeper, junior Stephanie Madrigal kept her team in the game and made some spectacular saves throughout the game, but could only do so much.

The Cardinals kept with the Titans in the early going, but as the clock kept ticking, the Titans kept up their pressure.

Junior Laekyn Juciuk scored a hat trick, with two goals in the first half, and the final one to end the game with a mercy for the Titans.

“I was really happy, everybody got to play,” said Anderson Coach Larry Lankford. “(It’s the) first time in a long time we started 3-0. We have Woodhaven, Carlson, and Trenton coming up, all in the next two weeks. We need to work on our passing. It’s there, but we need to tighten up our passing.”

Also scoring for the Titans were sophomore Brooke Konwinski, senior Andrea Thornsberry, and junior Hallie Tingstad.

Melvindale Coach James Bradley said he was proud of his team despite the loss.

“We played well," he said. "Last year it was 8-0 after the first 20-30 minutes. We’re improving. By the fifth or sixth game, we should have it down.”

Anderson has two more wins and a loss on the young season.

In the season opener the Titans traveled to Dearborn to take on Fordson and came home with the 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,” 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.

Overall, Lankford was happy with his team’s defensive efforts .

“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.”

The Titans started last week with a 4-1 non-league win over Allen Park Cabrini.

Jaciuk scored twice and Cynthia Konan and Andrea Thornsberry (two assists) each added goals of their own in the win.

Last Friday the Titans fell 5-1 to visiting Ann Arbor Huron.

The Trenton soccer team has yet to open the Downriver League season because of weather issues, but has still managed to play five games.

The season opened March 27 with a 1-0 loss to Ann Arbor Pioneer in Ann Arbor.

On March 29, the Trojans were at the Ladywood Invitational where they finished with a loss and two ties.

They fell 1-0 to Frasier and played to a scoreless tie with Dearborn.

Against Grosse Pointe North they tied 1-1 after a goal from Meghan Mahoney with an assist to Maddie Menna.

Last weekend the Trojasn fell 5-0 to Notre Dame Prep at home.

They were slotted to open league play on Monday at home against Kennedy.

Last Updated: 4/8/2014 4:25:48 PM EST