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Clawson and Roseville tie in MAC Gold showdown, stay tied atop standings

September 20, 2012

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Clawson's Eric Stephenson (4) battles for the ball with Roseville's Vincenzo Cracchiolo (5) during a Sept. 20 game. The teams played to a 1-1 tie and remain tied in the MAC Gold standings.

ROSEVILLE — Entering their Sept. 20 game at Roseville High, the host Panthers and Clawson High Trojans found themselves tied atop the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division soccer standings.

Eighty minutes of gameplay later, nothing had changed.

Chris Thursam scored his 20th goal of the season to give Roseville a 1-0 lead in the first half, only to see Clawson’s Nathan Cole notch the equalizer six minutes into the second half in what would eventually end a 1-1 draw.

“The goal was to win today, but we stay on top of the standings, and the guys played our game,” Clawson coach Jared Kullman said after the game. “There’s not much more I can ask of them. We’ll take this and keep moving.”

Clawson moves to 9-1-1 on the season and 6-0-1 in Gold play.

“The guys fought here tonight, and I liked that,” said Roseville coach Ronald Baller. The Panthers record goes to 10-1-2 overall and 6-0-1 in the Gold. “After scoring first and really taking it to them in the first half, it’s a little frustrating not to come out of here with a win. But Clawson seemed to take control in the second half, so we had to battle. I like that part of it.”

Thursam connected on a penalty kick for Roseville. The lead stood until Cole scored early in the second half.

Clawson controlled the flow of the second half, but was never able to take the lead.

The teams play for a second time Oct. 3 at Clawson.

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