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In the opening round of the Downriver League playoffs, the Southgate Anderson girls’ soccer team gave Woodhaven all they could handle for the better part of 80 minutes.



But just as they have been all season long, the well-coached Warriors were too much to overcome.



Woodhaven edged Anderson 3-0 on Wednesday night, scoring all three of its goals during the final 24 minutes of the contest.



“They were winning 50/50 balls and getting pressure on us early on, so hats off to Larry (Lankford). He really coached them up tonight,” Woodhaven Coach Scott Hoye said. “The storm delay actually helped us get our bearings back. Then the offense really got in a rhythm late in the game.”



Allison Manning broke the 55-minute scoreless tie when she scored a goal in which Titans’ keeper Anna Mehall got a piece of but couldn’t quite corral and keep out of the net.



Woodhaven kept pounding away after getting on the board, to the tune of two more scores.



Abby Lorenz and Katlyn Varney each found the back of the net for Woodhaven in the game’s final three minutes and change, but Coach Lankford thought Mehall and the rest of his Titans played spectacularly regardless.



“I can’t say enough about the girls; they played the best team Downriver as tough as you could play them,” he said. “It was a one-goal game for 77 minutes! I’m just so proud of them. Anna really stood on her head for us, too, and she has all season long.”



The win makes Woodhaven 13-0-2 (9-0 in the DRL) on the year. The Titans fall back to 9-5.

The Warriors will now match up with Carlson on Monday before battling Trenton on Wednesday. Anderson takes on Trenton Monday and Carlson Wednesday.

Last Updated: 5/7/2014 11:45:33 PM EST

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