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Anderson falls to Garden City in district finals PHOTO GALLERY

After a tough first half, the Southgate Anderson girls' soccer team scored its first goal early in the second half to cut Garden City's lead to 2-1 in a district final Friday at Dearborn Heights Crestwood.

But instead of it firing up the Titans, the Cougars were the ones who responded.

Ten minutes later, Garden City regained a two-goal advantage and then scored three times in less than 2 minutes to break the game open. Anderson would score in the final seconds but it was far too late as the Cougars advanced to the regionals with a 6-2 win over the Titans.

Despite the final score, Anderson was in this game until midway through the second half.

"I'm proud of our team," said Anderson Coach Larry Lankford. "When we scored to make it 2-1 I thought that would turn things around. But they got that one goal that I still don't know if it was a goal or not. Then they had a direct kick and scored again. It's a lot easier coming back from a 2-1 deficit than 4-1.

"But give Garden City credit. They played hard and were the better team today. But not four goals better."

The Titans finished the season 13-8-3.

"I thought we had a good year," Lankford said. "We have 11 sophomores and a freshman on the roster so we were pretty young."

While the Titans will return many players, the seniors will not be easy to replace, especially Andrea Thornsberry. The senior forward scored both goals for the Titans on Friday and finished the season with 17 goals and 20 assists.

Laekyn Jaciuk, who played her heart out on Friday, will be back. The junior had 37 goals this season and has 89 goals in her incredible Southgate career.

After some close calls, the Cougars got on the board at 26:58 of the first half on a goal by Lindsay Yankasky. The Titans looked a bit confused on defense and the Cougars finally turned an opportunity into a goal.

At 15:27, Garden City's Gabby Castillo made it 2-0. Anderson's Anna Mehall, playing her first year of soccer, made a great save on a tough shot but the ball slipped through her fingers and it bounced past the goal line.

It was a tough break after a nice play to keep the ball out of the net.

In the second half, the Titans came out a little more aggressive. At 34:43, Thornsberry used her speed to get past the defense and pushed a perfect shot past a charging Garden City goalie to put the Titans on the board.

But the Cougars answered at 24:59. There was a scramble in front of the Southgate net and some confusion among the referees whether or not the ball had crossed the goal line.

The officials gathered and awarded a goal to Garden City.

At 16:36, Garden City was given a direct kick just outside the box that Samantha Sultana turned into a goal for a 4-1 lead.

The Cougars scored quick back-to-back goals to make it 6-1.

With 7 seconds left to play in the game, Thornsberry scored her final varsity goal for the Titans to make it 6-2.





Last Updated: 5/30/2014 10:47:24 PM EST

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