LINCOLN-The Alcona soccer team got back to the .500 mark with some force.
Trenton LaVergne scored a hat trick, Jeff Schram scored twice and five different Alcona players found the back of the net during an 8-0 mercy win over Whittemore-Prescott on Wednesday.
LaVergne capped Alcona's victory with 1:36 left in the game, driving home a rebound after a shot from Piet Botha bounced off the post.
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Alcona’s Issac Dubuque runs toward the net with the ball during a soccer game on Wednesday at Alcona High School.
"It was great, we played well as a team tonight, the younger kids got to play and it was a good team effort," LaVergne said of the win.
Alcona (7-7) controlled the game's pace most of the night and established control early with three goals in the first 10 minutes. LaVergne scored at 6:26 and Botha followed with a goal just 1:05 later. Lavergne notched his second goal just 1:02 after Botha giving the Tigers a sizable cushion.
"It was a good win all around. We passed the ball around and it was a great team effort," Ben Dubuque said. "It's awesome, it's good experience and it gets some of the younger players kids in the game."
Near the midway point of the first half, Schram scored the first of his two goals, drilling a shot from far out to the top right corner of the net past Whittemore keeper James May.
Jake Gallagher finished Alcona's first-half scoring with 11:33 left, converting off a corner kick from Jesse Collins. The Cardinals couldn't clear the ball out and Gallagher was able to boot a shot past May.
Alcona gave several of its starters a chance to rest in the second half and the Tigers' subs responded with stellar play on offense. Botha, Rachel Warner and Ryley Mancine were among those who kept May busy with scoring chances. Botha was stopped twice in the first 12 minutes of the final frame and Warner missed on some chances throughout the half, including a shot that went just wide with 2:10 left.
Chase Waynick had two of the Cardinals' best scoring chances in the second half. With 16 minutes to play, he send a hard shot sailing over the net and a few minutes later he had a closer opportunity, but Alcona keeper Chase Matthews was able to corral the ball.
Shortly after re-entering the game, Jason Steiner gave Alcona a 6-0 lead with 14:23 to play. Steiner took a pass from Warner, raced to the front of the net and scored. Steiner also finished with four assists on the night.
Schram scored his second goal with 4:37 left, redirected a corner kick from Steiner off his knee.
The Tigers will finish off a busy week of games at 5 p.m. tonight against Bay City John Glenn at home. It will be Alcona's third game in four nights.
"We've had our struggles and we've had our good points, but we've still got to keep getting stronger and just keep pushing forward," LaVergne said.
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