Alpena girls soccer falls to rival TC West

The Alpena girls soccer team put together a valiant effort against a strong Traverse City West team on Tuesday, but eventually ran out of gas late and fell to the Titans by a final score of 4-1.

“We had a lead, but gave up a goal late in the half, which is never good, but the positives it was our best game that we’ve played so far this year. We played well at times, but we just have to get over that hump so we can play a complete 80 minutes. We don’t have the fitness and stamina to play at a high and hard level, but it was by far our best performance of the year,” Alpena coach Tim Storch said.

The Wildcats opened the scoring 15 minutes into the first half on a goal by Madyson Girard. Alpena was able to hold the lead and put together a strong effort, but suffered some tough luck and allowed a goal with just 40 seconds remaining in the half to go into the break tied at one goal apiece.

The second half was controlled by the Titans who wasted little time finding the back of the net and took the lead five minutes into the half.

Traverse City continued to dominate play and added two more goals, both about 15 minutes apart and held strong the rest of the way to come away victorious.

Despite the loss, Maren Winter did all she could to keep her team in the game and made several big saves and has shown a great amount of improvement as a goalkeeper.

“Our team needs to find ways to replicate performances like these. Tonight showed that we are improving and that we can play with people, but again doing it for 40 minutes and doing it for 80 minutes is the next step that we have to take. Maren Winter has really improved tremendously as a goalkeeper and to see her play the way she has is really shocking in a good way and if everyone else can make the same kind of improvements, we are going to have to a team that’s competitive in the next few years,” Storch said.

Alpena falls to 2-6 overall and are 1-5 in the Big North Conference. The Wildcats will be in action on Thursday when they play host to Cadillac.