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Energy, ball possession lifts Marauders over Titans

Kristina Torres had an assist in Carlson's 3-1 Downriver League win over visiting Anderson on Wednesday night. Photo by Samantha Elliott





When the Marauders traveled to Anderson earlier this season, a 2-0 lead turned into a loss in the penalty kick round.

A month later, and on home turf, the team wasn’t going to let that happen again and early energetic play translated to a 3-1 Downriver League win over the Titans on Wednesday evening.

Carlson came out ready to fight and found themselves with a 1-0 halftime lead after good possession and ball control through the first 40 minutes.

Brittany Wenzel broke the scoreless tie with just over 23 minutes to play with a shot to the upper left corner for the only scoring of the half.

The first half energy and possession didn’t slow down in the second half and the Marauders capitalized almost immediately.

Jenni Simmons found the back of the net just two and a half minutes in and Carlson had a 2-0 lead.

Laekyn Jaciuk put the Titans on board with 26:06 to play, working her way around the Carlson goalie and sending the ball to the back of the net.

The goal sparked some energy in the Titans, but the Marauders were not going to let their guard down.

With 10:32 to go, Chelsea Stefanic put in the insurance goal with a shot that just went under the crossbar and into the net.

“I’m super proud that we finally played 80 minutes of soccer; one of the few games we did,” Carlson Coach Steve Briggs said.

Briggs said it was an all around team effort with all the girls playing their rolls well and taking the shots.

“Chelsea finally started shooting, Jessica Dillon finally started shooting,” he said. “Allie Kaminske fell into the defensive mid role really well. I don’t think today would have happened without her in that spot. Katie Oeffinger has risen to great heights this season in defense.

“Those are some of the keys that continued to play full 80 minutes today and without those girls, nothing would have happened.

“Every subs off the bench, there wasn’t really a hiccup anywhere.”

Anderson Coach Larry Lankford was displeased with his team’s lack of effort.

“We had no effort in the first half,” he said. “They played better than we did; it was that simple.

“I’m very disappointed with the effort we gave in the first 60 minutes. I told them you can’t keep digging 2-0 holes against these teams and come back every time.”

Lankford said he knew it could be a tough game coming in with the results of previous meetings this season.

“You can’t divide these teams,” he said. “We beat them the first time, but it was technically a tie and then in Bedford (tournament) it was a tie.”

Briggs said he was indeed worried when Jaciuk put the Titans on board, knowing the situation earlier in the season.

“Yeah, when she put them on the board I was very worried,” he said. “The two-goal lead is something that I’m okay with. The one-goal lead, I’m not.”

Both teams are back in action next week.

Carlson is back on home turf Monday when it hosts non-league Flat Rock, while Anderson will travel to Trenton Friday afternoon.

“We’ll have to see what happens,” Lankford said. “We have to beat Trenton and hopefully go on from there.”

Briggs said he expects a different outcome than the previous meeting with the Warriors.

“We play 80 minutes and we’ll certainly have a different outcome,” he said. “And I mean it won’t be a three-goal deficit.

“I know Woodhaven’s tough. They’re solid and I can’t take anything away from them, but obviously we are too.

“We can play with the best of them when we decide to play with the best of them.”







Last Updated: 5/16/2014 1:23:23 AM EST

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