Besting the Bucks

Steiner nets hat trick as Alcona tops Roscommon

News Photo by James Andersen Alcona junior Elliott Dubuque (2) battles for control of the ball against Roscommon players Connor Kozumplik (13) and Eric Turner during a soccer game at Alcona High School on Thursday.

LINCOLN–With district play fast approaching, any chance the Alcona soccer team can get to watch its playoff opponents is valuable.

The Tigers got an up-close look at a potential opponent on Thursday as they defeated Roscommon 3-0 at Alcona High School.

Jordan Steiner scored at hat track and Conner McCoy made 18 saves for the Tigers (10-6-3), who could play the Bucks again in less than two weeks.

If Alcona defeats Fairview in the district quarterfinals, the Bucks await in the semifinals on October 18.

“It’s always good to play teams that are going to be in your district. They thought they’d come in here and just run over us and we played just some tough defense,” Alcona coach Tim Munro said. “Conner made two absolutely gorgeous saves tonight where he was totally stretched out. It was a good win for us because this is a district team we’re going to play.”

Steiner connected twice on penalty kicks and opened the game’s scoring with a hard shot to the upper left corner with 32:25 left in the first half. He now has 44 goals on the season.

McCoy, who recently became the all-time saves leader in Michigan, was tested early and often against the Bucks. In the game’s opening minute he punched a ball out of mid-air and came up big again late in the first half, stopping Logan Strickler on a direct kick from up close.

McCoy’s 18 saves helped give him his fourth consecutive shutout.

“It’s so nice having a really good goalie and it’s just awesome,” Munro said.

In front of McCoy, Alcona got a solid effort from its defensive backfield and up front Brett Nelson, Elliott Dubuque and Josh Kilbourn all getting scoring chances.

“They just need to get the ball in, they had some chances there at the end and they just have to learn to finish,” Munro said. “Jordan scores all the goals, but we’re going to need these guys the further we go.”

Steiner gave Alcona a 2-0 lead with 28:02 left in the first half, converting a penalty kick after Dubuque was tripped in the box. Steiner completed his hat trick with 21:30 left in the game, converting on another penalty kick when Roscommon’s keeper was whistled for handling the ball outside the box.

While Alcona had enough offense to stay ahead, the Bucks kept testing McCoy into the second half. After coming up short on a few chances early, Roscommon nearly connected with about 23 minutes left. A shot went up and hit the outside post and was declared a no goal.

Alcona wraps up the regular season next week with two games. The Tigers will play at Fairview on Monday and at Alpena on Wednesday.

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