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  • It took over 100 minutes of soccer to decide a winner, but when the penalty kicks were over, it was Anderson who got the 4-3 win over Carlson Wednesday night. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT

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It was a great battle of two good soccer teams Wednesday night when Carlson traveled to Southgate to take on the Titans.

So great in fact, it took over 100 minutes of play to decide the winner.

When the 80 minutes of regulation, the two 10-minute overtimes and the penalty kick round was over, it was host Anderson who ended the day with the 4-3 win.

The Titans out shot Carlson 4-1 in the penalty kick round for the win.

Haley Pawlowski, Hallie Tingstad, Laekyn Jaciuk and Cynthia Konan all scored penalty kicks for the Titans.

Madison Brekke scored for the Marauders.

Early on it was Carlson that had the 2-0 lead, and the Marauders held it through the half.

The Marauders dominated the first 40 minutes and the hard worked paid off.

Almost 15 minutes into the first half, Madison Shivel got credit for a goal that deflected off an Anderson player to put the Marauders on board.

A minute later Anderson got a good chance but was just high and over the net.

With 22:24 to go, Jenni Simmons found the back of the net for the 2-0 Carlson lead.

Things started to turn around for the Titans almost seven minutes into the second half.

Laekyn Jaciuk cut the deficit in half and put the Titans on board, finding the back of the net for the first of four times during the contest.

Carlson quickly responded when Kristina Torres punched one in five minutes later and the Marauders held the lead for the next 12 minutes.

But the Titans were not giving up easily and started to take over control in the second half.

Jaciuk buried a rebound with 16:12 to play to make it another one-goal game.

The Titans picked up the pressure in the last five minutes it paid off when Jaciuk got her hat trick with 2:31 to play to tie the game and force overtime.

Anderson Coach Larry Lankford said his team needed to turn things around after the first half.

“It’s like they needed a kick in the butt,” he said. “I told them at halftime; I didn’t yell, I just said, hey, you guys are a better team than this.

“You either save your season now, or we have to just worry about districts. You can’t go 1-2 this early.”

Lankford said Jaciuk came up big for the team and hopes the come-from-behind win will help turn the season around.

“I hope this will turn our season back to how we started,” he said. “I know we’re a better team than that 7-1 game against Woodhaven.

Carlson was at a disadvantage with four starters on the bench and Coach Steve Briggs said the Titans simply tried harder in the second half.

“They capitalized on our mistakes,” he said. “We didn’t take it to them in the second half like wanted to as we did in the first.

“Southgate’s got some tough players. They wanted it a little bit more in the second half than we did.”

Briggs said the loss is a learning experience for his young team.

“It’s definitely a growing point,” he said. “They haven’t really been able to grow (and) I’m hoping this kick starts them and not puts them the other way.”

Briggs said although the loss stung, his is not overly concerned with still much of the season left to play.

The Marauders are at home for a Varsity Invite this weekend while the Titans travel to the Monroe tournament. Both will be back in DRL action on Monday.

Last Updated: 4/10/2014 12:22:06 PM EST