Steiner keeps focus on team despite setting scoring marks
LINCOLN–It isn’t easy to stand out in Alcona’s soccer program when your last name is Steiner and much is expected of you.
But in a four-year varsity career, Jordan Steiner has managed to do just that.
Steiner has 36 goals this season and with roughly a month left to play, he’s already ensured his place in the annals of Alcona’s program. He’ll graduate as Alcona’s all-time points leader, all-time scoring leader and single-season and single-game goals leader.
“It’s really neat to accomplish those things but I can’t do this without my teammates,” Steiner said. “All the credit goes to them. Can’t do it without them and (I’ve) got to give the glory to God.”
Steiner came into Alcona’s program in 2014 with high expectations to live up to. Jordan’s oldest brother Jared graduated as the program’s leading scorer in 2012 and his next older brother Jason finished his career with 74 points.
“I had a lot to live up to with my brothers both playing here four years. Jared came first and he played all four years, started all four years,” Steiner said. “Same thing with Jason, he played four years, started and I had a lot to live up to.”
Expectations or not, Steiner has been indispensable for the Tigers especially over the last three seasons. He tied Alcona’s freshman scoring record with 12 points and had a breakthrough season as a sophomore with 34 goals, setting a new school single-season record.
He bettered the mark last year with 46. He is Alcona’s all-time points leader in goals alone as his 124 goals are more than Jared’s previous all-time points record of 108.
Steiner has 46 assists to go with his 124 goals for 170 points.
After record-setting years as a sophomore and junior, Steiner is still going strong as a senior. Last week, he netted eight goals in a home game against Whittemore-Prescott, setting a school record for goals in a game. In addition to the goal scoring, he’s still using his open field speed to help set up scoring chances for teammates and serving as a mentor to his teammates, including his younger brother Joel who is playing on the team as a freshman.
Together with senior keeper Conner McCoy, Steiner forms a strong 1-2 punch on both ends of the field and provides leadership as a senior.
“The soccer program and these soccer kids love to play soccer. It’s a great program and they support each other,” Alcona coach Tim Munro said. “I’ve had those kids for four years and they’ve come a long way since they were ninth graders. It’s great to have good athletes. We play a tough schedule, we play Division 1, 2 and 3 teams. That’s what gets us better. We play the maximum number of games and we play tough teams.”
While Steiner appreciates his records, he’s also keen on helping his teammates finish the season strong. He’s been a part of two district championship teams in his career and with Alcona hosting districts this season, Steiner is hoping to add another title to Alcona’s trophy case.
“I’ve played with these guys since I was a toddler, five years old. It’s definitely a great bond with these guys, I’m probably going to be friends with them for the rest of my life,” Steiner said. “It’s (the record) definitely a neat thing. Being able to come back and show my kids, ‘Hey I was up there on that board.'”
James Andersen can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at 358-5694. Follow James on Twitter @ja_alpenanews.