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Carlson tops Trenton in 7 rounds of PKs PHOTO GALLERY

Starting off the season 3-0 is a nice feeling.

Getting that third win in the seventh round of penalty kicks against the 2013 league champion is a great feeling.

That was the case Tuesday night when the Marauders played host to Trenton and won 2-1 in front of the home crowd after over 100 minutes of soccer.

Some hard work and a little luck got Carlson the win after the game was tied for over 60 minutes.

Carlson scored early on; just over two minutes into the game when Adam Lizyness got things started in a scramble in front of the net.

But 15 minutes later, Trenton’s Tad Davis sent the ball flying to the far left corner of the Carlson net to tie things up.

Each team had chances in the second half, but things stayed tied through regulation and two overtimes.

Trenton controlled the entire first overtime and the better part of the second and had scoring chances, but could not capitalize.

Penalty kicks ensued and Carlson netted 6 to Trenton’s 5 for the win.

Frankie DeLaTorre ended up with the game-winner for the Marauders, scoring in the seventh round, while goalie Devin Brown stopped the Trenton attempt.

Carlson Coach Mario Parody said it was a great for his team to get the win against such a strong opponent.

“It was a nail-bitter because the whole game Trenton held us by the ropes,” he said. “They controlled the game, no doubt about it.

“You’ve gotta give Trenton credit. We were always defending and clearing, defending and clearing. So, luck was in our favor too. The boys knew they really had to dig down deep and it worked out.”

On the other side of the ball, Trenton Coach Mike Hatfield gave Carlson credit.

“Carlson did well and they fought hard and they took their opportunities,” he said. “Then it went to a shootout and when you go to a shootout, it’s a coin toss.”

Hatfield was disappointed with the loss that came a day after a hard-fought win in double overtime against Truman the night before.

“Energy,” Hatfield said when asked what he wanted his team to focus on heading into Carlson. “Energy, motivation, heart, pride; everything in that nature.

“Winning 50-50 balls, chasing loose balls, playing with urgency, playing with speed. Those were my things.”

In the overtimes, the Marauders were not focused on the possibility of penalty kicks.

“We talked about finishing it as soon as possible because we know our opponent,” Parody said. “We never underestimate that opponent at all; you don’t underestimate Trenton.

“They’ve got good, experienced players, a hell of a coach and (my team) had to come out fighting.”

The Marauders are now one of two undefeated teams left in the league, but Parody and his squad know no one can be looked over in the competitive Downriver League.

“We’re not underestimating anybody.”

Last Updated: 8/26/2014 11:53:58 PM EST

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