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Trojans win lightning-shortened district game PHOTO GALERY

  • Sophomore Megan Mahoney celebrates with her goalkeeper before Trenton's opening round of districts. The Trojans routed Airport 7-0 in a weather-called game. Photo gallery by Ricky Lindsay.

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With ominous clouds swirling about, Trenton routed Airport 7-0 in a weather-shorted game to open up district play. Megan Mahoney led the Trojans with a hat trick. Marla Cobetto added two goals.

Coach Mike Hatfield wasn't thrilled with his team's effort on Tuesday. But as the game progressed and was ultimately sealed, the Trojans' bright spots beamed through the darkness over the field.

"They were picking up the intensity and you could tell at the end that we were trying to get it done before the storm hit," Hatfield said.

Cobetto rocketed the Trojans' first goal 49 seconds into the game.

Lying in front of Airport's net amongst a scrum of players following a play, Mahoney began her quest for a hat trick. The ball ricocheted off her head, sliding gently past Airport's keeper.

Sputtering offensively midway through the first half, the Trojans were looking for a breakthrough.

Brooke Teska provided one at the 26:07 mark, launching a kick that sailed above the field goal post and into the net.

Just over two minutes later, Mahoney solidified Trenton's lead heading into the half with her second goal.

Trenton waltzed into halftime with a stout 4-0 lead. But with the level of competition only to increase with each advancement, Hatfield realizes his team needs to pounce on early scoring chances.

"We need to score quicker," he said. "It's been our thing all year."

Hatfield wasn't thrilled with his team's performance in the first half. Facets began piecing together in a weather-shortened second half.

"We picked it up a lot as far as the movement," Hatfield said. "I had a little speech with them, kind of got a little energy kicking."

Cobetto netted her second goal three minutes into the second half. Mahoney completed the hat trick at the 6:51 mark.

Kayla Czarnik scored Trenton's final goal with 28:23 remaining.

With 25:22 remaining in the game and ominous weather inching closer to Farrer Field, the referees issued a lightning delay. In an MHSAA tournament game, 60 minutes must be played or a team must hold an eight goal lead. Trenton was one goal shy of doing so before the delay was officially declared.

Facing a 7-0 deficit, Airport Coach Chris Krug pleaded with Hatfield and the referees to cancel the remainder of the game, a decision eventually upheld.

Trenton hosts Summit in the district semifinals on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.. Hatfield knows little about Summit, but he hopes history won't repeat itself.

"I'm not a coach to take anyone lightly," he said. "I got bit in the butt with that five years ago with Gabriel Richard. So we'll come out and we'll play them like it's Marian and Ladywood."

Trenton breezed past Airport on Tuesday, but Hatfield realizes his team has to improve as the tournament rolls on. But there's one thing fueling the Trojans in their quest for a fourth straight district championship: not making forgettable history.

"My team needs to find a level of intensity that they have not found yet," Hatfield said. "I think the only thing to make them find that is for them to get scared. The school has now won several districts in a row and that's one thing that these girls are priding themselves on is trying to continue it. They don't want to be known as the team that didn't get it."

Last Updated: 5/28/2014 9:48:19 PM EST