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Last October, the Carlson boy’s soccer team went on a late-season surge, winning their last three games and knocking off some big Downriver League opponents.

Fast forward 10 months and the Marauders kept that momentum going by knocking off Allen Park 2-1 on the opening night of the 2014 DRL season.

It was a close match up with chances for each team but each goalie, backups with the starters injured, kept their teams in the game.

It was scoreless at the half, but the Marauders finally found the back of the net early in the second half.

Erick Serratos slid one in with just over four and a half minutes gone by for a lead that Carlson never let up.

Almost 25 minutes later, Bardh Elmazaj picked up a pass and put one past the left side of the goalie for what would be the game-winning goal.

Allen Park cut the deficit in half when Riley Arble put the Jags on board with 4:59 to go.

Arble took a shot and then grabbed the rebound off the Carlson goalie, and booted it to the back of the net.

“Starting off with the first win; it’s very nice,” Carlson Coach Mario Parody said. “We’re improving along the way … and it’s nice to start that way.”

Parody was pleased his team kept things together, despite the close play and some injuries.

“They can counter attack and one simple mistake can cost you a tie and then a game,” he said. “Moving forward, we plan to move forward, one game at a time.

“We hope that they progress along the way and they understand nothing’s gonna be given to them. They have to fight for it.”

Despite the loss, Allen Park Coach Brian Trionfi was pleased with the game.

“I thought it went well,” he said. “Obviously we would like to win, (but) they played really hard and they’re (Carlson) a really good team and they move the ball well.

“I thought our guys kept it together and didn’t quit. They definitely put in their effort.”

Trionfi said it was a good indicator of where his team stands and what they need to do moving forward.

“We still have a lot of things to work on; it’s there though,” he said. “We’re right there and they’re still young.

“We’ve got some things to work on, but overall I like the direction we’re heading.”

The Jags travel to Anderson on Wednesday and host Allen Park Inter-City on Thursday.

Carlson plays in its own tournament over the weekend and will play Lincoln Park Monday and Trenton on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 8/23/2014 1:37:36 AM EST