False MI Prep Zone: Strong second half pushes Marauders to district semifinals PHOTO GALLERY
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Strong second half pushes Marauders to district semifinals PHOTO GALLERY

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Soccer - Girls - 5/27/2014 5:00 p.m.

New Boston Huron 2
Gibraltar Carlson 4

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It took a little bit for the Marauders to find their groove, but once they got into that Carlson soccer mode, things gelled and the team advanced to the second round of districts.

The Marauders knocked off host Huron 4-2 on a surprisingly sunny and warm afternoon in New Boston.

It was the hosts who took the first lead of the game when Sydney Toth crossed the ball to freshman Allissa Wight. Wight, who was just brought up from JV, booted it in for her first varsity goal and a 1-0 Huron lead.

The Marauders had a few opportunities with a header and a kick just to the right of the net and capitalized 13 minutes later with 10:22 left in the game.

Chelsea Stefanic sent a long shot that went sailing towards the Huron net and dropped in for a tied game.

Carlson made some adjustments at the half and things improved from there.

“This field was not as wide as our field,” Carlson Coach Steve Briggs said. “I realized that into the game and had to make an adjustment at the halftime, which we did.”

Four and a half minutes into the second half, Carlson’s Kristina Torres gave the Marauders their first lead of the game.

Jenni Simmons fired a shot that missed, but she got the rebound back to Torres who fired it straight to the Huron goalkeeper. The goalkeeper bobbled the ball and the Marauders were up 2-1.

It was short-lived however as the Huron offense pulled Athena Grias far out of the net just 20 seconds later and Toth got her second of the night with a shot to the back of the net.

The last 30 minutes belonged to the Marauders.

The team added two more goals and the energy seemed to grow with each passing minute.

“They communicated much better,” Briggs said about the second half. “The seniors stepped up and said I’m not playing one game. They have some unfinished business and they’re focused on getting to Saturday.”

With 29:22 to play, Lauren Poslaiko took a free kick and found freshman Mackenzie King who booted it in for the game-winning goal.

With 4:41 to play, Simmons added an insurance goal and the Marauders advanced to Thursday’s district semifinals.

Briggs was pleased with the efforts of the team and the win.

“Chelsea did some of the things that I told her to do,” he said. “And the first two things I told Kenzie to do were use your body … and kick the ball and she got a goal.

“Her first varsity goal; that was exciting.”

Huron Coach Dan Rossow said he knew the game could be a close one.

“We knew it was gonna be an even game and whoever made the most mistakes wasn’t going to be out on top,” he said. “Unfortunately they made fewer mistakes than we did.”

Rossow knew Toth would be the Chiefs’ highlight.

“She’s our goal scorer,” he said. “She’s kinda been forced into that role.

“She’s normally a defender, but she’s our true person that can finish and she’s done a good job with it. She’s pretty dangerous up there too.”

The Chiefs finished the season 8-8-1 and Rossow is optimistic about the future.

“Our JV squad did extremely well this year,” he said. “We have a lot of youth. Today we started four freshman and a sophomore and my other sophomore played quite a bit.”

Briggs and his Marauders will now advance to Thursday’s district semifinal.

“Our goal is one game at a time,” he said. “We got a one game season and now we’ve got another one game season.

“I think we just have to build on what we did in the last 40 minutes. We have to go into it using our strengths.”

The Marauders will face Riverview at 5:00 on Thursday in Trenton.

Last Updated: 5/29/2014 12:10:50 PM EST