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The Woodhaven girls’ soccer team scored early and often on Wednesday afternoon, triggering the mercy rule against the visiting Allen Park Jaguars and crushing them 8-0.

“It seemed like any (ball) that was in the air or anything that was debatable, we took care of,” said Woodhaven Coach Scott Howe. “Our counter attacks today were fabulous. There were a couple times where (Allen Park) came down our zone and as soon as we turned the ball back away from them we were able to come back on – aggressive - pretty fast.”

Abbey Lorenz and Allison Manning each netted hat tricks on the afternoon.

Lorenz’s three goals all came in the first half.

“Allison’s a senior, she’s very seasoned and very competitive,” Howe said. “She knows when to hold the play and when to push the play. Allison and Abbey are both huge competitors.”

Katlyn Varney and Manning scored the other two goals of the first half.

Miranda Ratusznik found the back of the next in the second half and Manning notched two more goals in the second as well. Her hat trick-clinching score made it 8-0, ending the game with over 25 minutes left on the clock.

Allen Park’s first-year coach Justin Hunter said his team made too many mental mistakes early on.

“I told the girls to work hard, to not dive in defensively and to just try to poke away at the ball,” Hunter said. “But we dove at them all first half and it made a very simple task very difficult just by all the defensive mistakes they were making.”

The Jags managed only three shots on goal in the game.

Allen Park (0-2) travels to Southgate on Monday in search of its first win.

Woodhaven (3-0 DRL, 6-0-2 overall) will play Riverview at home on Saturday morning.



The Woodhaven girls’ soccer team had three big opponents it knew it had to get through this season.

The Warriors took care of the first one last Friday when they knocked off Carlson. The next one came Monday evening with a big win over visiting Anderson.

Woodhaven jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first five minutes and cruised to the 7-1 victory.

It was another rainy outing but that did not stop the Warrior offense from getting to work.

A strong first 20 minutes of play translated to a 4-0 halftime lead.

The second half started just as quick when Abbey Lorenz scored her first of two on the night with just over six gone by. She capped the scoring with 40.7 seconds left and the win was in the bag.

Other Woodhaven scoring came from Kendra Cook, Jenna Drumm, Cassidy Murray and Katlyn Varney (two goals). Anderson made it a 5-1 game when Laekyn Jaciuk sent an arching shot to the back of the net with 27:23 to play.

Woodhaven Coach Scott Hoye was extremely pleased with his team’s performance, especially with the weather.

“It was definitely a rough day for both teams as far as elements go, but I thought the girls controlled the ball well,” he said. “Our keepers overall were good for us.

“We need to pick corners a little better on our shot selection sometimes … but 7-1, we’ll take it.”

Anderson Coach Larry Lankford said his team simple did not come to play against the strong opponent.

“Clearly they were the better team,” he said. “I said at the beginning of the season this was the team to beat. This is probably the best team in this area.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they went deep into the regional. I’m really impressed with them. They’re well-coached, they stayed organized and they beat us flat out.”

Moving forward, the Titans will turn right around to take on another tough opponent in Carlson on Wednesday.

“I think we need to be a little bit more organized on defense,” Lankford said. “We should be strong up the middle; if we can iron out the outside defense spots, I think we’re gonna be okay.”

Woodhaven’s next bit game on the list will be next Monday at Trenton.

“We knew we had to be ready for Carlson and that went well and we had to be ready for Southgate and that went well,” Hoye said. “We’ve got Trenton coming up as well and we’ve got Allen Park in the middle which we can’t take for granted.”

Moving forward, Hoye says if his team can play consistently as they did early on on Monday, things will be okay.

“The first 20 minutes are the ones we need to make into 80,” he said. “If we can make that 20 become 80, then we’re the team we need to be.”



The Taylor Truman girls’ soccer team continued its hot start improving to 4-0 Wednesday night by dominating Lincoln Park 5-0 at home in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate.

Truman outshot the Rail splitters 35-1 and used its superior speed and ball movement to keep the ball in the Lincoln Park end for what seemed like the entire game.

“We had pretty good ball control and seemed to pass the ball well,” said Truman Coach Franco Antonnicola. “I wouldn’t want to compare this team to last years. We lost a lot of good players from last year, but we got two new ones coming in this year so I think we’ll be ok moving forward.”

The Cougars played unselfish soccer in the first half, using crisp passes to find the open player as three different players scored.

Tiffany Kitching got the party started by launching a rebound past Lincoln Park keeper Olivia McKinney just over 13 minutes in.

Savannah Novakowski scored seven minutes later and Anna Ciarlino used her speed to break away from the Rail splitter defenders and deposit the third Truman goal with 11:22 left in the first half.

The second half was more of the same for Truman.

The Cougars kept the game at their pace and Claire Ciarlino scored twice on free kicks, one corner kick and direct kick, to cap the Truman scoring in the win.

McKinney made some spectacular saves to even keep the game close for Lincoln Park, but in the end Lincoln Park remains winless on the year.





Trenton started the DRL season off on the right foot with some big shutout wins.

The week started with a dominating 10-0 win over Kennedy that only took 40 minutes.

Maddie Menna scored a hat trick, Haley Osbourne scored twice and Brooke Teska, Nadia Kurtzhals, Marla Cobetta, Cierra Herring and Mallory Miller all found the back of the net as well.

Assists went to Kurtzhals (two), Menna, Mahoney, Elyssa Moody, Alexandria Hoffman, Jordan Fields, Miller, Megan Baker and Samantha Vandenburg.

On Wednesday, it took just over 40 minutes; 46:08 to be exact to get the 8-0 mercy win over Melvindale.

Mahoney was the start of the show, scoring four goals and recording an assist as well in the win.

Kurtzhals scored two of her own and other scoring came from Caroline Hatty and Maddie Mena.

Other assists went to Menna, Kurtzhals, Elyssa Moody, Madeline Olszewski, Brooke Teska, Kayle Czarnik and Alexia Moody.





Last Updated: 4/11/2014 2:46:33 PM EST

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