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Melvindale rebounds from loss to Truman, blanks Allen Park PHOTO GALLERY

  • After a 4-0 loss to Truman last week, Melvindale bounced back Wednesday night with a shutout of its own, beating Allen Park 2-0. Photo Gallery by Terry Jacoby
  • Melvindale defeats Allen Park in soccer 2-0 on Sept. 3. Photos by Terry Jacoby

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The Melvindale soccer team learned a valuable lesson a few days before Labor Day weekend the Cardinals knew they were better than they showed in a 4-0 loss last Wednesday to Taylor Truman.

"We were coming off a bad loss Truman in which we were outplayed from start to finish," said Melvindale Coach Brian Fritz. "We had a few good days of practice and it all paid of today."

"Today" was Wednesday's 2-0 win over visiting Allen Park in a Downriver League soccer showdown among rival schools.

"I thought we played well," Fritz said. "I thought we controlled most of the game and I thought we possessed the ball well. We didn't take as many shots as I would have liked in the first half but we did a better job in the second half."

The Cardinals improved to 3-1 in the DRL and 3-1 overall. They play at Kennedy on Friday and host Trenton on Wednesday. Both games are at 4 p.m.

Thanks to a strong Melvindale defense, goalie Alexis Flores wasn't tested much in goal but came up with a few nice saves to record the shutout for the Cardinals.

The Jaguars were coming off a game the previous day against Garden City so fatigue may have been a factor, especially in the second half when Melvindale scored both goals.

"We only have three seniors so we are a young team and we are still getting used to playing with one another," said AP Coach Brian Trionfi. "It's a work in progress but we have a lot of potential. There are a lot of positives signs."

Trionfi knows his young team can play better than it showed on Wednesday.

"Give Melvindale credit," he said. "They are a good team and controlled the play. We played hard but I don't think we played up to our potential."

The Jaguars, who played Garden City to a scoreless tie on Tuesday, fall to 1-2 in the DRL and 1-3-1 overall.

Allen Park keeper Michael Zeleji played a strong game for the Jags, making several nice saves to keep the game from getting out of hand in the second half.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first minute of the second half using some excellent passing and teamwork. Mohamed Said passed the ball out to Hector Lopez on the outside. Lopez sent a perfect cross into the goal mouth where Saleh Ahmed directed it into an open net to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Just a few minutes later, Ahemd scored again - with another assist from Said - to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

Melvindale spent most of the first half taking shots from long range with none of them causing much problem for the Allen Park keeper. While they had more chances they also seemed to be settling more for longer shots rather than working the ball in closer.

Both team's best chances in the first half came off head balls.

With nine minutes to play in the half, Mohamed Muhsen crossed the ball to Said, whose header just sailed over the crossbar.

With just 1 minute to play in the half, Allen Park's Walter Palmerio crossed the ball and Tyler Santwire's header flew just past the near post.

Last Updated: 9/4/2014 1:34:28 AM EST