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  • Carlson came back from a two-goal deficit on Thursday and advanced to the district final by beating Riverview 6-5 in an overtime shootout. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
After 100 minutes of play Thursday evening in Trenton, it still had not been decided whether Carlson or Riverview would move on to the Division 2, District 22 final.

With the score tied 2-2, and two overtime periods already in the books without a goal, the teams had to face off in a shootout to determine which team would move on and which would see its season come to an end.

Ultimately it was the Marauders who came out on top, as they netted four goals in the shootout and won the game 6-5 against the Pirates.

Saturday’s district championship will be played back at Trenton, against the host Trojans, and the game is scheduled to get started at 10 a.m. Trenton coasted to an easy 8-0 victory against Summit in the other semifinal game of the day.

To kick things off on Thursday, it was Riverview that struck first, as the squad got a pair of first-half goals from standout Kirsten Chambers. She first found the back of the net less than two minutes into the game and again with about 25 minutes left in the first half.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, Chambers was later hampered by an ankle injury and at the same time the Bucs ran into a much-more focused group of Marauders as time went on.

About 15 minutes into the second period, Carlson cut the 2-0 deficit in half when Jenni Simmons drilled one into the left side of the net.

With about nine minutes left in regulation, Carlson was awarded a penalty kick and Kristina Torres took full advantage by shooting it past Riverview goalkeeper Miranda Cobbs to make it a 2-2 game.

“The difference (from) the first half is we weren’t ready,” said Marauders Coach Steve Briggs. “I told them to be prepared and they weren’t. They came out almost scared. We were out of position, keeper was out of position, defense was out of position, we didn’t step; nothing happened. “Second half we started to take it to them. The last 20 minutes was completely ours.”

Carlson appeared to score early on in the first 10-minute overtime, but the officials ruled that a player was offsides and the goal didn’t count.

In the eventual shootout, Torres scored first for Carlson and was followed by a goal from teammates Chelsea Stefanic, Allie Kaminske and Brittany Wenzel. For the Bucs, Chelsey Warlick scored, as did Chambers and Kaeley Coleman.

To win it for the Marauders, goaltender Athena Grias finished the shootout by stopping Riverview’s, Emma Lilje.

The winner of Saturday’s district title between Carlson and Trenton will move on to Division 2 regionals and play Tuesday night in Chelsea.

Last Updated: 5/30/2014 1:51:22 AM EST

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