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As usual, the Woodhaven girls’ soccer team played a game similar to that of a champion boxer against Carlson on Tuesday night. They felt their opponent out for a while before zoning in late and lowering the boom. The Marauders went into halftime trailing only 1-0 before Downriver League champion Woodhaven opened the floodgates, scoring four second-half goals to win the game 5-0. With the victory, the Warriors wrapped up DRL play with a 16-0-2 record. Senior Allison Manning delivered the knockout blow, netting four goals in the game, all of which came in the second half. “The whole team has been phenomenal,” Woodhaven Coach Scott Hoye said. “Allison is just a heady player. She knows when to push, when to hold..special player. We’ll bring up a few girls who will be able to play like her, but it’ll be hard to replace her next year.” Carlson played Woodhaven very tough in the first half, allowing only one goal - scored by Cassidy Murray - but according to Marauders Coach Steve Briggs, they didn’t play nearly as competitive in the second half. “Second half we were totally out of it,” Briggs said. “Out of sync, chased the ball, couldn’t put passes together and we had a couple of chances, just couldn’t make anything happen.” Carlson is now 10-9-2. They’ll meet with Huron in the first round of districts next week. As Briggs and the Marauders attempt to shake the loss off and head into districts, he notes that his team is no longer the young squad they were a couple months back when the season started. “Early on I told the team ‘we’re young,’ well, we’re not young anymore,” he said. “We’re 20 or so games and two tournaments in, and so I think it’s all a matter of growing up. And with that comes everything else; the ball control, the communication, the support. These are things we’ll look to keep improving on against Huron.” Woodhaven has two more stops on the road to districts; a game at Gabriel Richard Ann Arbor on Wednesday and another at home versus Garden City on Friday.
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Second-half outburst guides Woodhaven over Carlson PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO
Manning nets all four second-half goals
Soccer - Girls - 5/20/2014 7:00 p.m.
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