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The Downriver League has been nothing short of interesting soccer wise this season and the Warriors and Cougars did not disappoint Wednesday evening in Woodhaven.

The teams went to overtime before Woodhaven got the 2-1 win in front of the home crowd.

Two of the three goals came on two of three awarded penalty kicks.

Fortunately for the Warriors, they got the last penalty kick with the clock winding down in overtime. Truman was called for a handball and David Camarena put the ball away with 1:25 to play in overtime for the win.

Truman was awarded the first PK of the game with 29:51 to play in the first half, but failed to capitalize.

The second half brought a more physical game and the refs dished out four yellow cards between the two teams before the midway point.

With 28:16 left in the game, Truman got on board with its second penalty kick of the game. Papa Diwa took the shot and put it away for the Cougar lead.

Seven minutes later, Woodhaven fired a shot in an attempt to tie things up but the Truman goalie came up big.

Woodhaven kept up with the pressure and ball control and with 8:25 left on the clock, Blake Panning grabbed a rebound on a big block and buried it to tie things up.

The teams traded scoring opportunities in the last five minutes, but the tied score held up and brought along the 10-minute overtime.

Woodhaven’s Adam Willinger got a big chance with 3:04 left to play, but the game-winner did not come until Camarena got to take the PK.

Woodhaven Coach Scott Hoye was pleased with the win in the challenging game.

“It was definitely a tough challenge,” he said. “Both teams played a physical, tough game.

“Overall, I thought we played better, controlling the ball possession wise (and) I thought we took it to them.”

Hoye said things got chippy at times, but was pleased with the improvements of his team as the season progresses.

“Overall, the team’s become a much better possession team,” he said. “We still need to work on spreading the ball better, keeping the ball longer on the winds and be better with our crosses.”

Truman Coach Gary Glitz said his team did not play their best soccer, but was pleased with the efforts.

“We were there,” he said. “Even if we didn’t play our best game, we were still right there with them at the end.

“We could have still been on the other end, but give them credit because they played a real good game.”

Glitz says he has high expectations for his team moving forward into the season.

“I think we’ve got a lot of good athletes and a senior-laden team with a lot of veterans.

“I think they could definitely do a lot better.”

Glitz was pleased with his team’s defense and especially goaltending against Woodhaven.

“He did great,” he said about his goalie. “That last PK was a handball; it wasn’t on purpose, but it was a handball.

“He couldn’t have done any better (today).”

With the league being so competitive this season, Hoye says it will make for an interesting season.

“We knew coming in Truman would be a tough squad,” he said. “But we know we’ve got a pretty good group of guys with a lot of heart.”

Both teams are back in action on Friday. Truman hosts Carlson, who currently leads the DRL and Woodhaven hosts Anderson.

Last Updated: 9/4/2014 12:57:57 AM EST

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