By ERIC BENAC
News Sports Writer
The Whittemore-Prescott soccer team fought valiantly against Alcona on Monday, especially considering some recent injuries.
News Photo by Eric Benac
Alcona’s Jordan McCoy (21) takes possession from Whittemore-Prescott’s Adreas Konsgaard (14) while Brandon Smigelski (9) watches in the background during a boys soccer game Monday at Alcona High School. For more photos from this event log-on to CU.thealpenanews.com.
However the Cardinals simply couldn't stop Alcona's offense from taking the ball into their territory time and time again. The Tigers beat the Cardinals in an 8-0 mercy-rule win, ending the game with nine minutes and twelve seconds left to go in the second half.
Whittemore coach Edward Schulte was philosophical about the defeat.
"Under the circumstances we played well," he said. "We were a little short staffed and while you're never happy to lose, the team showed a lot of hustle and drive. The better team won but we played our hearts out."
Alcona struck early against Whittemore with a goal 53 seconds into the game with a score by Carson Jamieson. Jamieson scored again 32:44 in the first half, giving Alcona a 2-0 lead.
Whittemore struggled to get the ball into Alcona territory. It was finally successful with midway through the first half after Tucker Lange took a penalty shot at which was the Cardinals' only shot on the goal. The penalty kick was no good and the ball was quickly returned to Alcona territory.
Alcona took shot after shot on the Whittemore goal in the first half, including six missed shots by Jared Steiner. It scored its third goal with five minutes and three seconds left to go on a penalty kick by goalie Aaron Ritchie. Ritchie ran across the field excitedly to take the shot and booted it in for the score.
The next half saw Alcona dominate the game even more. While Whittemore fought the ball into Alcona territory six times in the first half, it was only able to get the ball into the Tigers' zone three times in the second.
Alcona head coach Tim Munro attributed this to a halftime conversation.
"We were winning," he said, "but I gave them a talking to after the first half. I let them know that if they played this sloppy against Oscoda, they would lose."
Munro was referring to a lot of wild, up in the air shots he players kept making to keep the ball out of their territory. He was frustrated with the team's inability to keep the ball on the ground.
However, Alcona came out much harder almost immediately in the second half. Several more missed shots finally coalesced into a four-goal scoring streak over four minutes. Jordan McCoy scored the first goal followed by two goals from Jason Steiner and one from Benjamin Dubuque.
Whittemore held on for 17 more minutes before the final goal was scored by Jared Steiner. The shot was short and rolled right into the hands of goalie Cody Clough, but it slipped through his fingers and into the goal.
In spite of this error, Schulte praised Clough for his play during the game.
"When you lose by eight goals it's hard to say the goalie did a good job," he said, "but Cody did a great job. He had to handle a lot of shots and he kept the game from becoming 8-0 a lot sooner than it did."
Munro was happier with his team's play in the second half but still felt a bit reserved about the win.
"This was our first league win," he said. "We generally play against a lot bigger schools and we're going to have to play a lot better than we did tonight if we want to be competitive."
Alcona plays at Oscoda on Wednesday.