Another tough loss

Alcona falls to Roscommon in district title game

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Alcona’s Brett Nelson (19) and Roscommon’s Macarthur Schultz (18) battle for a loose ball during the first half of a district championship game on Saturday at Alcona High School.

LINCOLN – When the matchup between Alcona and Roscommon was set after Thursday’s district semifinal games, both sides knew what to expect from one another.

Roscommon has had Alcona’s number recently, eliminating the Tigers in a thrilling double overtime shootout and defeating them by two goals in their only regular season meeting this past year.

Alcona was hoping to reverse its fortune’s against the Bucks on Saturday night, but once again, it was Roscommon getting the best of the Tigers on Alcona’s home field, edging them 1-0 in a back and forth game played in cold and windy conditions.

Alcona head coach Tim Munro knew getting the first goal was going to be crucial for either side and despite having the luxury of a heavy wind throughout the first half, the Tigers were unable to capitalize.

Both teams displayed how talented they were and laid it all on the line from start to finish.

A scoreless opening half featured fast paced, end to end action with a few scoring chances for both sides.

Alcona’s best scoring opportunity came within the first ten minutes of the game when a ball got past the Roscommon defense and Josh Kilbourn raced one on one to the ball with the Bucks goalkeeper in front of him.

Kilbourn ended up getting off a shot and past the keeper, but the shot rolled just wide and hit the side of the post, deflecting out of bounds.

Roscommon has an opportunity early in a scrum in front of the net as the Bucks crashed the bets hard all night, but had a shot deflect high and over Alcona keeper Aidan Wrobel’s head and over top of the net.

Both teams went into the break tied at zero, but it was Roscommon who would have the favorable advantage of the wind in the second half.

Once again, both teams came out and played fast paced end to end action.

The first few minutes were controlled by the Bucks, but then Alcona applies some pressure.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net and get that pivotal first goal until Roscommon’s aggressive net crashing style paid off as the Bucks got the ball right in front of the net after a long throw in and another scrum occurred in front of the Alcona net as players from each team tried getting a piece of the ball. The Tigers tried to clear, but the attempt pinballed off of a host of Roscommon players and Wrobel got a foot on it to clear, but his attempt ricochet off the back of Roscommon’s Trey Helin and into the back of the net with under 15:00 to play to send Roscommon into a frenzy and the Tigers were left to regroup after the tough luck goal.

The Tigers did all they could in the final minutes of the game and applied pressure late, but Roscommon was strong on the defensive end, clearing out any ball that came within striking distance and for the second time in as many years, the Bucks ended Alcona’s season on their home field, leaving the Tigers with another heartbreaking defeat.