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Wildcats fall to Northmen in Big North contest

News Photo by James Andersen Alpena’s Andrew Dargis (14) battles for control of the ball with Petoskey’s Quinn O’Neil during the first half of a soccer game on Tuesday at Park Family Field at Wildcat Stadium.

ALPENA — Petoskey stayed more than a few steps ahead of the Alpena High boys soccer team on Tuesday.

Parker Streiff scored a hat trick and the Northmen defeated Alpena 5-1 in a Big North Conference contest at Park Family Field. Dylan Aldridge and Aidan Norton added single tallies for Petoskey.

Petoskey kept Alpena’s defense on its toes from the opening whistle and repeatedly tested Alpena keeper Mason Bray. The Northmen built a 3-0 lead by halftime and outshot the Wildcats 19-2 on the night.

Gabe Glawe scored Alpena’s only goal with 29:11 left in the second half, scoring on a rebound after a free kick.

Bray made some spectacular saves for Alpena in the game, including several diving stops early in the second half. But the Wildcats struggled on the offensive end and couldn’t match Petoskey’s output. Glawe’s goal was Alpena’s first shot on goal for the game, while Petoskey had 12 shots in the first half alone.

News Photo by James Andersen Alpena keeper Mason Bray, far right, snags a ball during the second half of the game. Despite Petoskey registering 19 shots on goal for the night, Bray made several dazzling saves.

Streiff gave Petoskey a 1-0 lead with 28:10 left in the first half, crossing the ball on the right to the far left corner of the net. With 15:05 left, Aldridge scored and Streiff scored again with 1:20 left, this time scoring in the right corner.

Petoskey wasted no time in the second half, taking a 4-0 lead on a goal from Norton. Glawe finally put Alpena on the board about 10 minutes later and Abe Brege came up just short on an attempt with about 11:30 left when Petoskey’s keeper bobbled the ball.

Streiff finished off his hat trick with a goal with 11:14 left.

Alpena returns to the field on Thursday and hosts Gaylord at 7 p.m.

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