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Prep Soccer: Kingsford, Redettes tie again

MARQUETTE — If there is any difference between the Kingsford and Marquette girls varsity soccer teams this season, it hasn’t shown up yet.

For the second time this spring, the Flivvers and the Redettes fought to a 1-1 draw, the latest result coming Monday at Kauffman Sports Complex in Marquette.

Erika Malone scored a goal off an assist by Brooke Bittinger with six minutes to play to lift Kingsford into the draw. Marquette had scored its goal 12 minutes earlier after the two squads fought to a scoreless standstill for the first 62 minutes of the match.

The sides battled to a 1-1 tie April 28 in Kingsford.

“This game, while the result was the same, was different than the first game,” Kingsford coach Jon Lorenzoni said. “The first game I thought we were lucky to get out with a draw. This game I thought was just a battle which either team could have won.”

Both teams had good looks in the first half, but the keepers kept clean sheets. Lorenzoni said his goalkeeper, Alyssa Englund, held her ground well.

The Redettes broke the draw with 18 minutes to play when a cross was deflected in, Lorenzoni said.

The Flivvers generated opportunities for the next 12 minutes until Malone scored the tying goal.

“I cannot remember if it was a corner or just a beautifully placed ball by Brooke Bittinger,” Lorenzoni said. “The ball deflected around some and then Erika just came out of nowhere and drilled a ball into the back of the net. Exciting stuff.”

The Flivvers (9-1-2) are unbeaten in their last seven matches.

“These girls, they just refuse to lose,” Lorenzoni said. “They fight hard to win one-on-one battles and cover for each other.”

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