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It was a tale of two different games in the district soccer games at Livonia Ladywood High School on Thursday afternoon. Allen Park faced off against Redford Thurston in the first game, while Melvindale played host Ladywood.

The Jaguars took the first game 2-0 over Thurston, thanks in part to two, Rachel Caswell goals. The Cardinals fell easily to the Blazers 12-0 in a mercy in just one half of play.

“We dominated the game, the score could’ve been a lot higher, but they defended well,” said Allen Park Coach Justin Hunter. “We missed a couple of opportunities. Overall I’m pretty happy with the way that we moved the ball.”

Caswell got the scoring started early within the first 10 minutes, and it’s all the Jaguars really needed in the 2-0 win.

“Rachel passed the ball down the line, Natasha got in the corner, laid it off to Rachel who was at the top of the 18, Rachel hit it, one timed it, just smashed it into the net. I don’t think the goalie saw too much of it,” said Hunter.

Caswell’s second goal came off a penalty kick after freshman Natalie Lovasz was tripped going for the goal. Caswell shot it top right corner and that sealed the deal.

Thurston had their chances, but keeper Felicia Bozman had a great game stopping what came to her.

“Felicia had another shutout, this is only her third game she started all year. Her second one was against Truman. She’s been playing very well,” said Hunter.

As for Thurston, the few chances they had came at a premium, but coach Matt Bishop was happy with the performance of his team.

“For the most part, I felt like it was a fairly back and forth game. They just capitalized on their moments and we didn’t,” said Bishop. “We had a good game out of a few girls; Gabby van Well, she was all conference for us this year, she had a fantastic year. Savannah Thomas, Maria Garcia, two of our seniors, Maria was one of our captains. Makayla Ogden is another one.”

In the second game, it was a complete flip-flop of the first game. The Blazers came out fast, and it was over just a few minutes in. The Blazers had four goals in the first five minutes, and hit the seven-goal mark by the nine-minute mark.

Taylor Bullard had three goals for the Blazers, while the rest were scored by other players. It was a tough loss to take considering the draw the Cardinals had, but coach James Bradley was upbeat about the season, and looking toward next year.

“We would’ve been way more competitive with a team like Romulus or Thurston or Allen Park or Truman. Bad draw for us, effort wise was there,” said Bradley. “Skill wise they’re two totally different teams. Earth and Moon, not even close.

This is the best season we’ve had in the three years I’ve been here. It’s still looking better because it’s a young team, we only have 4 seniors.”

The Blazers will now face the Jaguars on Saturday for the district championship, and the Blazers aren’t backing down from the tough Jags squad.

“I know their coach pretty well, he’s passionate about what he does. We’re excited for the challenge and we’ll see how it goes,” said Ladywood Coach Kelly Capoccia.

“That team will be ready to roll. We have to make sure that we’re organized and ready.”

Last Updated: 5/30/2014 1:03:03 AM EST

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