The Alpena FC Lightning Boys U10 team had a strong performance on Sunday and returned from Cadillac with two victories.
The first game of the day pitted Alpena against the very equally-matched Cadillac 09 Boys team. After a back-and-forth match, Alpena was able to find the back of the net late in the second half and went on to win 4-3. Scoring for Alpena were Mason Burns (3) and Luke Hippensteel. Sharing time at goalkeeper were Christian Kaiser and Brody Misiak, who kept Alpena in the match the entire time.
In the second match of the day, Alpena faced Kalkaska for the second consecutive week. After finishing in a 5-5 tie last week, Alpena was able to come away with the win by a score of 5-2. Finding the back of the net for Alpena were Mason Burns (2), Leo Torres (2) and Luke Hippensteel. Bryson Collegnon was solid between the goal posts, shutting out Kalkaska in the first half and allowing two goals in the second half, one of which was scored with two seconds remaining in the game and with Alpena playing shorthanded one player.
Alpena continues Northern Michigan Soccer Alliance play Sunday in Petoskey when it faces Petoskey 1 and Gaylord.
The Alpena FC Boys Travel U12 team played two games in Petoskey over the weekend.
Game 1 against Charlevoix ended in a 2-2 tie as Alpena took an early lead on first half goals by Gabe Glawe and Garrett Hamp. Charlevoix was able to fight back in the second half leveling the score.
In Game 2, Alpena was able to defeat Grayling 5-2. A first half hat trick by Glawe found Alpena in the lead 3-2 at half, but Grayling’s keeper was able to stop multiple shots until Preston Schuldt and Hamp were able to bury goals late in the game to secure the win.
Alpena moved the ball well and outshot its opponents by a very large margin, but struggled to finish. Jared Johnson, Jimmy Henski, Keller Skiba, Jack Supiran, Harrison Kaszubowski and Finn Williams all put in solid midfield efforts creating the offense and Myles Williams, Kaleb Werth and Julian Stevens, locked down the defense. Micheal Kreis and Schuldt split time in goal.
Alpena returns home to the Woodward fields on Oct. 15 when it hosta Gaylord at noon and Petoskey at 4:30 p.m.