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Pioneers Overwhelm Monarchs!!!!

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After playing to a draw earlier this month, CHSL rivals Allen Park Cabrini and Riverview Gabriel Richard went head to head again on Monday night.

In that first meeting it was the Monarchs who got out to a quick start.

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This time around, the Pioneers netted four goals within the first 30 minutes of the game.

Despite a strong second half from Cabrini, Richard held on for a 4-2 victory.

When the teams played on Sept. 7, the Monarchs scored the first two goals in what was ultimately a 3-3 tie.

“Coming off of last time we played them, we went down 2-0 early in the first half,” said Pioneers Coach John Mertic. “So to come out this (first) half and play a lot better, I was extremely proud of the way the boys worked.

“(Cabrini’s) a good team, no matter what the score says. They’re a good team and they kept fighting, so I was really proud of how my boys played.”

Richard improved to 8-1-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the CHSL Intersectional 1, while the Monarchs fell to 5-6-2 and 0-4-2.

For the Pioneers, Liam Jakovac opened the scoring with a goal about 12 minutes into the contest.

Three minutes later, Richard’s Stasiu Taraszkiewicz got one by Cabrini goalkeeper James Fister, following a corner kick from Gabe Parks.

Soon after, Andrew Szczechowski gave Richard a three-goal advantage and then Parks capped off the scoring for the half with a goal at the 10:18 mark.

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After the break, Cabrini was able to apply more pressure and generated more scoring chances.

The Monarchs avoided the shutout when Casey Smith got a shot past Richard goalkeeper Andrew Dykowski with about 15 minutes left in the game.

Tim Gordon netted a goal for Cabrini with 16 seconds left in the contest.

“(Richard) played the ball very well the first half and we were window shopping,” said Monarchs Coach Taleb Karaouni. “In the second half we pressed them up, we won the ball and found the gaps and we scored two goals.

“In the second half we controlled the ball 80 percent. I addressed them that if they want to win they need to play that way.”

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Next on the schedule for the Pioneers is a home game against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett on Thursday night. Cabrini is set to visit Jewish Frankel Academy the same day.

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