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The game was called for lightning just moments into the second half, but the work in the first half ensured the Anderson soccer team a spot in the district semifinals.

Two players accounted for the night’s five goals in Anderson’s 5-0 win over visiting Lincoln Park.

Laekyn Jaciuk scored a hat trick and Andrea Thornsberry added two of her own en route to the victory.

“Those two are just awesome,” Coach Larry Lankford said. “They work very well together and it shows when we play well.”

Jaciuk now has 35 goals on the season, while Thornsberry has 15 goals and 19 assists.

“I was happy with the way the team worked,” Lankford said. “They played well and passed the ball around and that’s what we wanted.

“We’ve been off for seven days, so I was a little nervous that we were going to come out flat and we didn’t. I’m happy, but it only gets tougher from here.”

With the win the Titans advance to Thursday’s district semifinal against Fordson.

The Allen Park and Truman girls’ soccer teams had quite the year in head to head competition.

The Jags won the first meeting, sending the Cougars to the bottom half of the league standings before Truman bounced back and won the second time the two met.

In Tuesday’s opening round of district play, it took over 100 minutes of soccer to decide the winner.

When all was said and done, it was Allen Park who advanced to Thursday’s district semifinal after a round of penalty kicks.

Allen Park took the first lead of the game when freshman Natalie Lovas played a corner to Rachel Caswell who headed the ball into the net, breaking a scoreless tie 10 minutes into the second half.

Truman tied things up and two 10-minute overtimes passed before a penalty kick round.

Caswell, Lovas, Allie Cayo and Natasha Sanchez all scored in the penalty kick round.

Casey Bowdell saved two penalty kicks and Feliciz Bozman played keeper in regulation and overtime.

Coach Justin Hunter was pleased with his team for finishing with the win, despite some struggles early on.

“The ability to pull it together and play as a team really worked in our favor,” he said. “I can’t give enough credit to my girls for not exactly being on their A game, but still pulling out a big win.”

Hunter was pleased with the efforts of many individual players during the night.

“Felicia played lights out in net,” he said. “Casey was clutch in the shoot out, Rachel worked her tail off, as did Joslyn Miller and Natasha put home the game-winning PK.”

The Jags now advance to Thursday’s district semifinals back at Ladywood Livonia.

Last Updated: 5/28/2014 12:56:50 PM EST