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It was a game of halves for each team in the always exciting Trenton-Carlson girls’ soccer showdown Wednesday evening.

Trenton won the first half, while the Marauders took the second. But the Trojans handled the Carlson comeback attempt and took the DRL matchup by a final score of 2-1.

“The first half (was) very good,” Trenton Coach Mike Hatfield said. “The second half, you could tell that we didn’t have much of a bench.”

Trenton took care of things in the first 40 minutes, carrying a 2-0 lead to the halftime break.

Freshman Marla Cobetto took care of the night’s scoring with back to back goals in the first half.

She got the scoring started with 24:04 to go in the first half, sending a long shot to the back of the net.

Minutes later, she made it a 2-0 game to cap the Trojans’ scoring for the night.

Carlson cut its deficit in half late in the second half. Jessica Dillon booted one in with 12:47 to go, assisted by Jenni Simmons, but the Marauders were unable to complete the comeback.

“We showed up at halftime,” Carlson Coach Steve Briggs said. “That’s pretty much it. We had too many mental mistakes and we tried to do too much rather than making it a simple game.”

Hatfield said the game slowed down in the second half, something he was okay with given the score.

“I thought the game got really slow, which was fine because we were winning,” he said. “They (Carlson) in the last eight minutes got a little spurt of energy and they picked up the pace.”

Briggs credited Trenton with the win.

“Give it to Trenton,” he said. “Trenton played really well the whole 80 minutes. We played 40 minutes.”

Hatfield was pleased with the offensive efforts of his team.

“For a team that’s having a hard time scoring, I was impressed with the two quick goals,” he said. “It kind of took some pressure off my backline.”

Moving forward, Hatfield said his team will continue to improve the offense.

“We’re trying to find a more fluent way to score goals,” he said. “Right now we’re just hanging on by the skin of our teeth.

“Not because of our backline. There’s too many good teams and too many individual players; you can’t defend for 80 minutes and pray on a shutout; somebody’s gonna score somewhere.”

The teams are both back in action Friday night. Trenton will take on Allen Park Friday night while Carlson will be in a big game against Truman.

Truman is in third in the league after a big win over Anderson Wednesday and Carlson currently sits in fourth place.

Carlson and Truman will kick off at 6:00 Friday and Trenton and Allen Park will start at 7:00.



Last Updated: 5/1/2014 1:47:08 AM EST

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