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It looked like it could very well go to overtime, but sometimes one quick second can change a game.

That was the case for the Trenton and Carlson soccer teams in the first game of the Downriver League positioning round.

It was a scoreless affair with just over 10 minutes to go, but when the final buzzer went off, Trenton had the 2-0 win to remain in second place in the league.

The game-winner came with 10:09 to go in the second half.

The Trojans were scrambling in front of the Marauder net and Carlson’s Lauren Poslaiko was called for a handball inside the box, giving Trenton a penalty kick.

Maddie Menna took the kick and put it away, breaking the scoreless tie and giving Trenton a 1-0 lead.

Three and a half minutes later, the Trojans struck again after a corner kick and Jordan Fields gave Trenton an insurance goal that would cap the scoring.

Early on, Trenton had an abundance of chances and Carlson’s Athena Grias had to stop 15 shots in the first half.

Trenton Coach Mike Hatfield said he knew his team had the chances, but said a young front line sometimes has trouble scoring.

“Carlson; they’re a good team and they’re athletic and they’re physical,” he said. “They get glimmers of hope and they’re gonna come out and they got a little bit on us and then individuals get frustrated on our team.”

Hatfield told his team they had to keep putting the pressure on if they wanted things to happen.

“I just told them if we can’t create goals, if we can’t get those things going, sometimes you just gotta keep putting those things in the box,” he said. “You’ve gotta go kamikaze and be dangerous.

“If it takes 100 chances to shoot to score, then we need to get 100. Just keep pounding.”

Carlson Coach Steve Briggs said his team let the Trojans have the first half, similar to the last match up between the teams.

“After that, we didn’t play solid, individual play,” he said. “We couldn’t connect passes and it turned into a mental game. It is what it is; they definitely played better.”

Briggs said to turn things around, it was just a matter of getting back to what his team does.

“In the second half, we had some bursts of energy, but we just couldn’t put it in there,” he said. “We just couldn’t get passed them.”

Briggs said it was an unfortunate loss after a big DRL win last Friday.

“We played so well against Truman and then to come back less than a week later, and show up like we did,” he said. “(But) hat’s off to Trenton. They won the 50-50 balls we didn’t win; they controlled the middle that we didn’t control.

“Out defense played solid, but it was too much. We had some very difficult times getting out of our end in the first half with the wind. We did better with the wind in the second half, but by the time it all came down, it was Trenton’s game.”

Both teams head forward in the season with big games on the schedule.

Carlson will be at a tournament this weekend where the team will take on Bedford, Southgate and Crestwood. On Monday they’ll be back in DRL action against league-leading Woodhaven. Trenton will take on Anderson the same night.





Last Updated: 5/8/2014 1:00:37 AM EST

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