Tigers turn it on
Steiner sets single-game record as Alcona tops Cardinals
LINCOLN–Over a four-year career, Jordan Steiner has had a stellar career for the Alcona soccer team.
He’s not done adding to his legacy just yet.
Steiner scored eight goals and the Tigers rolled to a 12-0 mercy-rule victory over Whittemore-Prescott on Monday at Alcona High School.
The eight goals by Steiner broke Alcona’s single game record and is unofficially tied for third in the state for most goals in a game.
Patrick Bates added two goals and Brett Nelson and Josh Kilbourn had single tallies for the Tigers (6-5-1) who got back above the .500 mark with the win.
“Just come out and get the win. It’s a conference game and we just wanted to make sure we got this thing secured and move on to our next game,” Steiner said of the team’s mindset.
Nelson scored 39 seconds into the game and from there the Tigers were off and running. Steiner added a goal 16 seconds later and after 40 minutes the Tigers had put 12 shots past Whittemore keeper Jacob Green.
Steiner broke Alcona’s previous single-game record with his sixth goal with 16:20 left in the half. Steiner juked a couple of defenders and fired a hard shot to the far right corner of the net to give Alcona a 9-0 lead.
Steiner entered the game with 106 career goals and increased his total to 114 after Monday’s game.
In addition to his big night, Steiner helped his teammates out. He assisted on at least three goals, feeding his teammates passes and putting them in good positions to score.
“We like to get the rest of our guys some playing time and get them in there,” Steiner said. “Some of the tougher games they don’t play as much, so these are the types of games (where) we like to get them in there and show their skills.”
Kilbourn made it 10-0 with 14:33 left, taking a pass from Steiner and eventually firing a shot into an open net.
After setting the record, Steiner wasn’t done quite yet and scored his seventh goal with 4:20 left, putting a shot between Green’s legs. He added his final goal of the night with 11 seconds left.
While Steiner, Bates and Kilbourn all scored, several other Alcona players had good scoring chances that fell just short including shots by Koedy Berryhill and Alex Harmon.
After two quick strikes in the opening minute, Steiner struck for goals with 30:31 and 27:50 left to give Alcona a 4-0 lead. Steiner beat Green on the left for his third goal and took an outlet pass and scored for his fourth goal.
Bates took a pass from Steiner and buried a shot with 26:27 left. Alcona ran the same play again and Bates beat Green again with 25 minutes left to give Alcona a 6-0 lead.
Steiner added his fourth and fifth goals with 24:17 and 16:37 left respectively.
Alcona keeper Conner McCoy wasn’t tested much, making one stop in the half, but he was honored along with Steiner after the game.
McCoy holds Alcona single-game saves record with 35, set last October. In tournament play last month, McCoy broke the 1,000 career saves barrier and he currently holds the state record for the first and second most saves in a season. McCoy set the record as sophomore (391) and broke it as a junior (401).
In recognition of Sept. 11, Alcona announcer Les Thomas read a dedication before the game that honored those who lost their lives during the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
“In the days and weeks since that terrible morning, Americans bonded together as one people, united for a common good. There were no red or blue states, no us and them. Though we were angry, scared and mourning, we were all Americans,” Thomas said. “Though we must continue to move ahead the healing process, we must never forget the events of that terrible day.”
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