False MI Prep Zone: Downriver League soccer roundup two
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Despite the crazy weather, the Woodhaven girls’ soccer team has managed to get six games under its belt and the start wasn’t too shabby.

The Warriors are 4-0-2 on the young season and Coach Scott Hoye is proud of the work thus far.

“The weather has been miserable for the most part, however these young ladies have trained and worked extremely well since March 10 outside,” he said. “The results are evidence for their dedication to our school and each other. They are a very close group of friends and teammates.”

The Downriver League season opened up Friday with a 4-1 victory over host Carlson.

The conditions weren’t ideal; it was cold, windy and rainy, but the Woodhaven defense was hot in the team’s first DRL win of the year.

The Warrior defense took a 2-0 lead into the half, not letting the Marauders threaten much through the first 40 minutes.

“For the first league game for us, it was very competitive,” first year Hoye said. “It was a good defensive performance for us, I thought.

“We had a couple of breakdowns we had to fix, but otherwise we controlled pretty good considering all the factors.”

Woodhaven put the pressure on early and got a scoring chance with just over 10 minutes gone by but the ball just barely hit the lower corner of the net and bounced right.

Eight minutes later, the Warriors capitalized when freshman Katlyn Varney shot one to the upper right corner of the net.

With 15:01 left to play, sophomore Abbey Lorenz found the back of the net and the 2-0 score held through the half.

Senior Allison Manning accounted for all the Woodhaven scoring in the second half.

With just under 10 gone by she gave the Warriors a 3-0 lead and capped the scoring with a penalty kick just to the left of the Carlson keeper with 11:50 to play.

Carlson got on board with 21:18 to go when Madison Shivel got one in on a weird bounce.

Hoye was please with his team’s first DRL outing but knows there is still a long season ahead to stay at the top of the league.

“We know we’ve got a lot of talent,” he said. “We’re a very special team with the talent we have and skill level. We’ve got a real tight group of girls; it could be a special year.

“Ball possession’s our main thing right now. I think we’re doing pretty well in ball possession considering the elements like today.”

Both teams were scheduled to be back in action Monday when Woodhaven hosts a strong Anderson team and Carlson travels to Melvindale.

Two days before opening the DRL, the Warriors traveled out to Dexter and came home with a 5-2 win.

The first half started shaky, but the team settled into their normal possession game and controlled the play better from there.

Lorenz finished the day with a hat trick, scoring once in the first half and twice in the second.

She started with a penalty kick score in the first half to put the Warriors on board.

The team got its second goal from a good combination play by Miranda Ratusznik and Jeanna Drumm in the corner and it resulted in a pass across to Kendra Cook who found the back of the net.

Woodhaven controlled much better in the second half and added three more goals. Cassidy Murray scored once and Lorenz finished her hat trick.

Keri Kilgore and Kerstyn Williams split time in net.

The weekend of March 29, the Warriors played in the Ladywood Tournament at Livonia Stevenson.

Lorenz scored the only goal of the Warriors’ 1-0 win over Fraser in the first game.

The goal was assisted by Allie May on a direct kick in the first half.

Strong defensive efforts came from Anja Plaumann, Sydney Lemelin, Kaylen Ruddell, Christina Cobetto and Erin Colce.

Hoye said May stood out in the game with great hustle and control of the game.

Williams go the shutout in net.

The second game was a 1-1 die with Dearborn Divine Child.

Woodhaven controlled the ball for 80 percent of the second half but only managed three shots on goal.

The third game was another tie, a 0-0 score with Grosse Pointe North.

“Both teams played strong, however by this time of the day the cold temps and playing three games took a toll on both teams,” Hoye said.

Williams was in goal for each game and gave up just one goal, earning two shutouts along the way.

“Strong performance by our freshman keeper in her first regular season of work,” Hoye said.

To start the season, Williams helped the team to a 5-1 victory over Riverview Gabriel Richard.

Goals in the game came from Christina Cobetto, Jenna Drumm, Lorenz, Manning and Ratusznik.

Assists went to May, Varney and Cassidy Murray.

In their DRL opener earlier in the week, It took almost 39 minutes for the Carlson girls’ to find their offensive rhythm, but once it did the squad had no problem keeping it, as five second-half goals lead to an easy 6-0 victory over visiting Lincoln Park on April 2.

The Marauders were dominate in the game out shooting Lincoln Park 33-0, but didn’t find the back of the net until Kristina Torres scored with less than two minutes remaining in the first half.

“The first half they weren’t playing together,” said Carlson Coach Steve Briggs. “They were passing the ball wherever and it was just randomness. I told them at half time that we’ve got three games that are going to be tough for us so no matter who we play we have to get better. We started to get better in the second 40 minutes.”

The second half featured a much more focused and sharp Marauders offensive.

Sophomore Jordyn Francis scored two minutes into the second half to get the scoring to open the flood gates.

Torres scored her second of the night with 22:44 left. Jenni Simmons and Brittany Wenzel followed suit shortly thereafter to put Carlson up 5-0 and the game really out of reach for Lincoln Park.

Chelsea Stefanic scored the sixth goal and added two assists on the night for Carlson.

Last Updated: 4/8/2014 4:27:32 PM EST