Immediately after Thursday's game against Cadillac, Alpena girls soccer coach Tim Storch put the Wildcats through some extra paces after they failed to convert a number of offensive chances.
The Wildcats made sure to finish their chances on Friday and rebounded from the tough loss to beat Sault Ste. Marie 3-0 at Wildcat Stadium.
Stephanie Dziesinski, Amanda Temple and Katie Brownell scored for the Wildcats (5-9), who handed a loss to the Blue Devils who were 10-4-1 entering Friday's game.
News Photo by James Andersen
Alpena’s Tatiana Burcar, right, battles Sault’s Logan Methner for the ball during the first half of a girls soccer game Friday at Alpena High School.
"They're a quality program and what I like is the fact we responded well to last night where we really outplayed the Cadillac team and we were our own worst enemy by not finishing and it was nice to see," Storch said. "The finishing was better, it's not where it needs to be yet, but it's better."
Alpena didn't waste time creating scoring chances as Kaitlynn Kowalski banged a shot off the crossbar less than seven minutes into the game. Several minutes later, Kowalski raced past several Sault defenders for a shot that Sault keeper Emmy Vermette managed to get a hand on and stop.
Dziesinski gave Alpena a 1-0 lead 16 minutes into the game, burying a pass from Kowalski.
The Wildcats led 1-0 at the half and much like the previous night, they kept the opposing keeper busy for much of the night.
"I think we involved more players. We wanted to make sure it wasn't just a game of 1 vs. 1," Storch said. "If we played our 11 players against their 11 players and got to their bench, we felt. from the team concept, that we're playing pretty good soccer and our players are improving a great deal."
Temple put Alpena ahead by two with 10 minutes gone in the second half, slipping a shot past Vermette with a crowd in front of the net.
Brownell, who nearly had a goal with four minutes left, tallied the Wildcats' final goal of the night with 2:25 left to record her fifth score of the season.
Emma Strong made three saves in recording her fifth shutout of the season.
Alpena will host Tawas on Monday and the Wildcats are hoping to come away with another win after topping the Braves in Tawas earlier this year.
"We beat them 2-0 at their place. It's a team I expect to beat if we play well," Storch said. "I want us to go into every game expecting to win. That's my goal for this program, is to have a better mental outlook when we approach games."