Wildcats dominated by Cadillac on Senior Night
It didn’t seem to matter what the Alpena High girls soccer team did on Thursday against Cadillac.
There was simply no slowing down the Vikings.
Alexus Little scored a hat trick, Karli Scott and Sanna Meyjes scored two goals each and the Vikings played the role of spoiler on Alpena’s Senior Night, downing the Wildcats 9-1 by mercy-rule at Wildcat Stadium.
Little scored with 19:31 left in the second half to give Cadillac the win, bringing an end to a game that saw the Vikings put nearly two dozen shots on goal.
Alpena (8-10-1, 0-7 Big North) stayed with Cadillac for a stretch in the first half after a goal from Mollie Girard with 23:44 left. But Cadillac continued to generate offensive chances and effectively put the game out of reach with four goals in the last 11 minutes of the half.
“Cadillac’s a quality team with a number of quality players and for them to score four goals in the last 10 or 12 minutes of the half, that’s something we’re not happy about but it’s a fact,” Alpena coach Tim Storch said.
Cadillac’s offensive barrage came despite a herculean effort from Alpena keeper Maren Winter, who denied several chances up close in the early going. Ten minutes into the game, she denied Hannah Emmington on a chance in the box and stopped another close chance a minute later.
“Maren was great. Maren played very very well and Cadillac’s only given up one goal in the league all year until tonight, so that’s certainly something to hang our hats on from a pride standpoint,” Storch said. “For a while we hung in, 1-1, for a chunk of time. A lot of that was due to the play of Maren. She made a number of quality saves and other times she was in the right spot at the right time.”
“As a senior, I guess I’d say I’m really proud of the growth she’s shown as a goalkeeper.”
Eventually though, Cadillac found ways to poke holes in Alpena’s defense and once that happened, the Vikings were off and running.
A goal from Meyjes eight minutes into the game gave Cadillac an early lead before Girard netted the equalizer. Lina Meyjes gave Cadillac the lead for good with 10:42 left, heading the ball past Winter off of a free kick.
Scott gave Cadillac a 3-1 lead with 4:52 left, tapping the ball into an open net after Winter came out too far to play the ball. Sanna Meyjes and Emmington added goals with 2:48 and nine seconds left respectively, giving Cadillac a commanding 5-1 halftime lead. Meyjes’ second goal came on a blast from around the 12 and Emmington scored after slipping by Winter and depositing the ball in the far left corner.
Cadillac kept up its intensity into the second half and Little took over offensively, scoring three goals in 13 minutes. Little scored with 32:22 left to make it 6-1 and connected again with 20:55, juking her way through Alpena’s defense. She scored again with 19:31 left to end the game.
Sandwiched between her first two goals was a second score from Scott, who scored after colliding with Winter in the box. The goal gave Cadillac a 7-1 lead, but Winter came off with an injury and was relieved by Madyson Girard, who made several solid saves in the time remaining.
Before the game, Alpena’s three seniors–Winter, Kylie Roznowski and Christy Leeck– were honored during a Senior Night ceremony and Storch praised the trio for its contributions to the program.
“Ultimately, even when I was winning state championships, it’s not about winning games. Those things are nice, but it’s about producing quality people that you can look back and 10 years from now say, “Hey, I had a hand in that person becoming a good husband or a good mother or a good business person or a good doctor or a good lawyer,’” Storch said. “That’s ultimately what athletics is about and that’s where the wins really come is what kind of people they turn out to be.”
James Andersen can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 358-5694. Follow James on Twitter @ja_alpenanews.