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Soccer - Girls - 4/30/2014 7:00 p.m.

Truman 2
Anderson 1

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The Truman girls’ soccer team had to overcome the rain and Anderson's second-half surge on Wednesday night to get the win, and that’s exactly what they did.

The Cougars took a 2-0 lead midway through the second half and then proceeded to hold the Titans down for the remainder of the game on their way to a 2-1 victory.

At the 21:07 point of the first half, Savannah Novakowski outran an Anderson defender to get a clear break and a good look at the net. She capitalized on the opportunity and booted home a goal to put Truman up 1-0.

The Cougars took a 1-0 lead into halftime but Cougars Coach Franco Antonnicola thought Anderson’s deficit should have been even steeper.

“We should have been up two, three-nothing,” Antonnicola said. “We hit the post, missed on a penalty shot and also a free kick; every team misses on those but we had really good looks and missed. We took too much time at points.”

Truman took a 2-0 lead on a Lydia Lakowski goal midway through the second and then had to hold off a desperate Anderson team.

Jen Ibarra cut Truman’s lead in half when she scored on a rebound goal with under ten minutes to go, but the Cougars found that the best defense was a good offense as they managed to apply pressure and reel off a couple more shots down the stretch, which killed the clock and sealed the win.

Titans Coach Larry Lankford said his team has played sloppy soccer for some time now.

“We didn’t come to play in the first half. They had all the possession the first half,” Lankford said. “For the last two weeks it’s been like this. We dig a hole and try to get ourselves out of it. You can’t keep spotting solid teams a two-goal lead and we’ve done it consistently.”

The win pushed Truman up in the league standings. The Cougars now sit in third place with 12 points while the Titans dropped to fifth.

The Cougars (6-2) play Carlson on Friday. The Titans (7-5 overall, 3-3 Downriver League) host Kennedy the same night.

Last Updated: 4/30/2014 10:24:50 PM EST