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Lightning suspends Alpena soccer game

September 17, 2012
By JAMES ANDERSEN - News Sports Editor ( , The Alpena News


News Sports Editor

The Alpena boys soccer team was out for some measure of revenge on Monday against Tawas after the Braves bested the Wildcats 3-1 earlier this season.

Unfortunately for Alpena, the weather will make them wait until the weekend to try and get that win over the Braves.

With Tawas ahead 1-0, the game was suspended due to lightning with 13:30 remaining in the first half. The remainder of the game will be made up starting at noon on Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.

Alpena did a good job of keeping on the offensive early in the game and Sawyer Hein missed a chance about three minutes in. Later on, Hein also missed a chance on a header.

Tawas didn't get many opportunities, but the ones the Braves did get they took advantage of. Fourteen minutes into the half, Samuel Loga, launched the ball at the net on a free kick and Alpena keeper Mitch Skiba dove to his right and stopped the shot. The ball, however, ended up at the feet of Paul Maynard, who crossed the ball to the right to Jared Jungquist who was waiting at the goal line and scored.

Alpena coach Tim Storch was pleased to see his team's aggressive play earlier in the game, but stressed that the Wildcats needed to finish their offensive chances.

"Our possession was good. I thought we outplayed them, but we missed some opportunities and had some crosses that we couldn't make dangerous," Storch said. "The one chance they had, they capitalized on."

Alpena plays at Petoskey today and at Traverse City West on Thursday before returning home for Saturday's game.



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