It’s time to focus
LINCOLN — A strong finish to the regular season gave the Alcona soccer team high hopes for postseason play. The Tigers carried their momentum from the regular season into the first game of district play on Monday as they defeated Fairview by a final score of 7-0 on their home field at Alcona High School.
“It was our first game of districts and I think everyone was a little bit nervous even though it was the third time that we played Fairview,” Alcona coach Tim Munro said. “It was a good win and it’s one in the books and we’re looking forward to bigger things to come.”
Despite a lopsided victory, the Tigers missed several scoring opportunities in a first half in which they dominated. Alcona kept the pressure on the Eagles much of the first half.
The Tigers opened the scoring just under 10 minutes into the contest when Josh Kilbourn took advantage of a ball that went through the legs of Fairview goalkeeper Cameron Demory and dribbled closer to the net before cashing in on a golden opportunity.
It took a while and Alcona had to work for its second goal. The Tigers had several shots go wide or over top of the net and Jordan Steiner struck the crossbar twice midway through the half.
The shots that the Tigers were able to put on net early in the game were denied as Demory made a handful of impressive saves to keep Fairview in the game.
The momentum swing came late in the half when Alcona positions for a corner kick in the final seconds that came to Matthew Warner who fired a desperation shot that went off Demory and deflected off an Eagle defender and into the net as the ball crossed the goal line with one second left in the first half to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage heading into the break.
“Our second half was much better than our first half. We missed a lot of shots in the first half, but we took much better shots in the second half,” Munro said. “We ended our regular season with a big win at Alpena and we’re trying to continue to ride that and continue to play well in districts.”
Alcona went on to score five goals in the second half which was again dominated by the Tigers. Steiner netted the first two goals of the half to give Alcona a four goal lead.
After making a few adjustments, the Tigers continued to keep the pressure on Fairview as Kilbourn added another goal and John Sharboneau scored the final two goals of the game to help Alcona cruise to a big victory in its district opening game.
The Tigers will be back in action on Wednesday where they will play a familiar opponent in Roscommon again on their home field. The two teams will meet in a semifinal game a year after the two played for the district championship.
“We beat Roscommon last year 2-1 in the district finals and we earned a 3-0 victory over them earlier in the year,” Munro said. “It was a good win for us when we beat Roscommon earlier in the year and I’m sure the second time around I’m sure they’re going to play us a little tougher so it should be a good matchup on Wednesday.”