TRAVERSE CITY — A slow start didn’t deter Traverse City West on Saturday.
Trailing 1-0 early, the Titans responded with six unanswered goals over the final 58 minutes to beat crosstown rival Traverse City Central 6-1 in a Big North Conference soccer match at the Coast Guard field.
“That’s been our pattern the last three games, starting a goal down,” West coach Lauran Pinto said. “But the girls keep persevering. They stay confident and play through it. Once we settle down, we can out-possess most of the teams we’re going up against. It’s just a matter of figuring out how to go 100 percent from the get-go.”
The Trojans (2-3 overall, 1-2 in the league) scored 90 seconds into the game on a breakaway goal by Jalyna Cisneros. Central played a strong opening 20 minutes before West began to assert control.
“That’s a fair assessment,” Central coach Janna Deering said. “I thought we had adjusted well to how they were going to play. We were able to hang with it in the first half, but in the second half, well, it came down to us wanting to do the right things, but not having the physical ability to compete.”
The Trojans were without a handful of players for this Easter weekend game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday. That cut into the team’s depth.
“It was a huge problem,” Deering said. “In the second half we didn’t have a whole lot left.”
The Titans (4-0, 4-0) outshot Central 16-2 and did not allow a shot on goal in the second half. It was 2-1 at half.
Runa Hafnor and Lexi Moyer netted two goals apiece. Katie Placek added a goal and three assists while Kiley Kreple contributed a goal and an assist. The Titans dominance made for a relatively easy afternoon for goalie Maggie Troost.