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Teams were playing for more than a win in Carlson’s fourth annual Kick for a Cure Cancer Awareness game, but when all was said and done, there had to be a winner.

It came down to the final 30 seconds, but when the final buzzer went off it was host Carlson with the 2-1 win.

Or, if you were looking at the scorebook, it was Kristina Torres with the win.

The senior captain accounted for all of Carlson’s scoring on the night.

The game was tied 1-1 until there was just 25.2 left on the clock.

Allen Park got called inside the box for a penalty to Jordyn Francis and Coach Steve Briggs sent Toress in to take the penalty kick.

“I gave Kristina the kick because she’s probably the calmest, coolest kid I’ve got,” he said. “Nothing rattles her.”

The senior put the ball away and the team celebrated as the final seconds wound down.

Torres scored the first goal with 15:32 left in the first half with help from Jenni Simmons and Francis.

Briggs said it was Torres who pumped the team up all evening.

“I could hear her from the sideline,” he said. “She was telling her team to pull it together.

“And it takes a captain to do that. I can say it all the time, all day long, but it needs to come from that leadership.”

The 1-0 lead held through the halftime buzzer and the Marauders wrapped up a successful first half where they held most of the play.

The second half belonged to Allen Park as the Jags turned things around, scored almost mid way in the second half and took over control of the game.

With 23:32 left to play, Rachel Caswell tied things up and the scored held for the next 23 minutes.

While happy with the win, Briggs was disappointed with the efforts in the second half.

“My biggest thing was we didn’t play to what I would consider our potential in the second half,” he said. “The first half I think we took it to them, we just couldn’t get it in the net.

“The second half we were completely on our heels. They took it to us; they wanted it. We didn’t’ and it showed.”

Allen Park Coach Justin Hunter was happy with his team’s performance and said the loss came on an unfortunate penalty call.

“It’s as easy as that,” he said. “We dominated; we controlled especially the entire second half.”

Despite the loss, Hunter is pleased with the way his team is coming along, being so many games behind their opponents.

“A lot of other teams are sitting seven games in and we’re only four,” he said. “We’re just now starting to get it together, which is unfortunate because we had a very front heavy season.

“Normally we would be hitting mid strike, where we’re just not starting to strike and we’re playing teams that are in their prime, so being competitive was just huge and I think we were.”

Hunter was most pleased with the play of keeper Hannah Mancina.

“That was by far the best game she’s ever played in,” he said. “For her to come up big here; she stopped the breakaway and she almost stopped the penalty kick there at the end.

“She had a lot of big saves and I’ve never seen her play that well.”

Both teams are now off until after spring break.



Last Updated: 4/17/2014 1:19:08 PM EST

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