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Before the season started, the Downriver League soccer coaches were in agreement that the battle for the league title would be, well, a battle.

That has been the case for almost all of the games through the first week of the season and Wednesday night was no different when visiting Allen Park topped host Anderson 1-0.

Allen Park goalie Jonathan Seloom came up with some big saves and a little help from the Titans hitting the cross bar a handful of times kept things interesting.

The teams battled to a scoreless tie at the half before the speed picked up a little in the second half.

Seloom made arguably the save of the game with 26:15 left to play in the second half, a crazy flipping motion that somehow stopped the Anderson shot from crossing the line.

His team helped him out four minutes later when Tyler Santwire knocked in the only scoring of the night.

The Titans stepped up the pace in the last 20 minutes and had shots go just right of the net and hit the cross bar, but could not capitalize.

“It was a really good win,” Allen Park Coach Brian Trionfi said. “It was another good team we’re playing against, so there’s no break on that.

“I thought they played with a lot of heart today; it was a tough game.”

Trionfi said his team had a lot of missed opportunities, but knew they had to stay on top of things to stop any Anderson threat.

“They kept their composure and it was a really good win for us,” he said. “Every game’s gonna be like this; it’s gonna be a grind.”

At the scoreless halftime, Trionfi reminded his team that their hard work only mattered if they got more opportunities than their opponent.

“It was basically, we had a lot of opportunities, but they don’t mean anything if they get a goal,” he said. “You’ve gotta get out there and be aggressive in the beginning and hope that we can put one in the back.

“Keep doing what we’re doing and eventually it’s gonna happen.”

Coach Larry Lankford said he feels for his team.

“There’s only so many cross bars you can hit, so we’re a little snake bit on offense,” he said. “We’re putting pressure on, but we need to play with more urgency for the whole 80 minutes instead of the last 20 when you get down by a goal.

“When you come out slow, you reap what you sew.”

But Lankford did give credit to the Jaguars.

“You’ve gotta give credit to Allen Park,” he said. “They took advantage of their opportunity and we missed all of ours.”

Lankford said the league schedule is not going to get any easier with the highly competitive teams.

“We’re 1-2 and we could easily be 3-0,” he said. “That’s how soccer goes and it’s gonna be that way in the league all year.

“Anybody can beat anybody this year and so far we’re been on the bad side twice.”

Heading into the rest of the league season, Lankford said his team will focus on adjusting.

“We have to make some adjustments at midfield and we certainly have to make some adjustments on our finishing,” he said. “We’re moving the ball around well. It’s not the passing game that’s hurting us; it’s finishing right now.”

Trionfi agreed with Lankford about the competitiveness.

“It’s kind of just a day by day thing,” he said. “You know to expect that every team’s gonna be this good and so you’ve just gotta bring your game every time.”

Last Updated: 8/29/2014 3:01:19 AM EST

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